Dark Invasion: 1915: Germany’s Secret War and the Hunt for the First Terrorist Cell in America —by Howard Blum
This book was not only informative and entertaining, but, in my opinion, is also a must read for all Americans.
The fact that the actual occurrences were kept from being a media circus and fomenting a jingoistic war frenzy is understandable, given the administration’s obsession with maintaining neutrality, but that they have never been part and parcel of elementary American history education is inexcusable and negligent.
German nationals and ethnic German Americans, financed and supported logistically and materially by the German government through their embassies and consulates in America undertook a campaign of terror that included arson aboard ships at sea, bombing the Capitol building and an attempted assassination of John Pierpont Morgan in his Long Island home.
Anti-German sentiment not withstanding, the spy ring was only effectively countered by scrupulous detective work and the contribution of loyal German-American policemen capable of infiltrating the enemy.
Ethnic Germans were just about the largest minority in the country, yet action was taken without fear of special interests or anyone being labeled a Germanophobe.
Flash forward ninety-nine years and once again we are confronted with foreign nationals and disloyal Americans with support of hostile regimes, bent on sowing terror in our midst.
Let this book be a wake-up call and a reminder that Americans can lay claim to the same statement uttered by Jews on Passover, that, In every generation there are those that will rise up against us.
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