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The Devil Himself: A Novel

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"I'll talk to anybody, a priest, a bank manager, a gangster, the devil himself, if I can get the information I need. This is a war." -- Lt. Commander Charles Radcliffe Haffenden, Naval Intelligence Unit, B-3

In late 1982, a spike in terrorism has the Reagan Administration considering covert action to neutralize the menace before it reaches the United States. There are big r
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Hardcover, 304 pages
Published July 19th 2011 by Thomas Dunne Books
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Aug 15, 2014 Bonnie_blu rated it it was ok
The story of "organized crime's" contributions to exposing Nazi spies in the New York / New Jersey area and preparing Sicily for the Allied invasion is a fascinating story that would have been much more riveting if told by a more gifted author. However, I found Dezenhall's writing to be awkward, clunky, and herky-jerky (meaning it did not flow smoothly from one point to the next). In addition, I feel using President Reagan to set up the story was an obvious plot construct used in an attempt to " ...more
Joe
Aug 07, 2015 Joe rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery-thriller
This is the sixth adventure of Jonah Eastman, a pollster/spin doctor for hire. (The author is a crisis management/damage control consultant in “real life”.) Jonah lives in New Jersey, but unsurprisingly spends a lot of time in Washington, D.C. He is also the grandson of Mickey Price, a well-connected Atlantic City mobster. And although maybe not the “deepest” of books, the series is highly entertaining and at times laugh out loud funny.

The Devil Himself is somewhat of a departure in that it’s a
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Michael Hite
Apr 01, 2012 Michael Hite rated it it was amazing
"The Devil Himself" is a novel based on real events about how Meyer Lansky and some of his mobster associates cooperated with the US Navy during WWII to help in surprising ways with the war effort. In addition to being a great read, it is an enlightening insight into the nature of patriotism, loyalty, friendship, prejudice, media, mobsters, and bureaucracy. From the book: "Some things you do in your life because it's your job, but other things you do in your life because you believe you are doin ...more
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Feb 25, 2013 Tim rated it really liked it
Compelling historical fiction work, with a topic still timely for today's politics. Meyer Lansky comes across as a complex and sympathetic soul, who views his life and actions with an unvarnished perspective. Will appeal to both espionage and military history fans alike.
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Eric Dezenhall is an author and damage control expert based in Washington, D.C. He is the CEO of Dezenhall Resources, a nationally recognized high-stakes communications firm. He frequently lectures in academic and business circles, and regularly appears as a damage control expert in the international media. He has appeared on network television and radio outlets including NPR, CNN, FOX, CNBC, and ...more
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