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The Air Raid Warden Was a Spy: And Other Tales from Home-Front America in World War II

Breuer, William B.

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ISBN 10: 0471234885 / ISBN 13: 9780471234883
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Hardcover w / dustjacket. Very good condition; edges, corners, and covers of book show minor wear. No underlining; no highlighting; no internal markings except for previous owner's name on ffep or inside front cover. DJ is Near Fine; faint wear. Stored in sealed plastic protection. In the event of a problem we guarantee full refund. 2002. Hardcover w / dustjacket. Bookseller Inventory # 314492

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Title: The Air Raid Warden Was a Spy: And Other ...

Publisher: Wiley

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

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Critical acclaim for William B. Breuer
""A first-class historian.""
-The Wall Street Journal
Top Secret Tales of World War II
""A book for rainy days and long solitary nights by the fire. If there were a genre for cozy nonfiction, this would be the template.""
-Publishers Weekly
""Perfect for the curious and adventure readers and those who love exotic tales and especially history buffs who will be surprised at what they didn't know. Recommended for nearly everyone.""
-Kirkus Reviews
Daring Missions of World War II
""The author brings to light many previously unknown stories of behind-the-scenes bravery and covert activities that helped the Allies win critical victories.""
-Albuquerque Journal
Secret Weapons of World War II
""Rip-roaring tales . . . a delightful addition to the niche that Breuer has so successfully carved out.""
-Publishers Weekly

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In his latest collection of fresh and surprising stories from World War II, popular author and distinguished historian William Breuer recounts over fifty little-known tales of military actions, espionage, and skullduggery on the home front. Based on personal interviews, official archives, and declassified documents, The Air-Raid Warden Was a Spy features intriguing accounts of covert raids and combat experiments, spies and saboteurs, draft dodgers and do-gooders, and various escapes and secret operations.

Fascinating and fast-paced, The Air-Raid Warden Was a Spy returns the reader to American shores and, in Breuer’s inimitable style, reveals dramatic and pivotal moments during the war, such as:

  • The rounding up of 3,846 subversive suspects in the United States within the first seventy-two hours after Pearl Harbor
  • The plane that bombed the Pacific Northwest
  • The sinking of a Japanese submarine off the California coast
  • The near destruction of Coney Island, thanks to eager-beaver air-raid wardens who searched the friendly skies for hostile aircraft
  • The secret plan to draft females
  • A barrage of explosive balloons
  • The Nazi U-boat in New York Harbor
  • The army bomber that crashed into the Empire State Building
  • The dismantling of a Nazi spy network based in New York City–which included U.S. citizens

Breuer deftly captures the state of the nation when the first shock waves hit and war became an all-too-close-to-home reality, as women flocked to war plants and Hollywood celebrities gave up their hefty paychecks to enlist. As the stories unfold and the home front itself appears to be under siege, The Air-Raid Warden Was a Spy underscores the devotion and sacrifices of the members of the armed forces and their families–and the country’s determination to bring the global conflict to an end.

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