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Swastika Nation: Fritz Kuhn and the Rise and Fall of the German-American Bund

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Imagine a United States where swastikas hang proudly in meeting rooms across the country. Cries of Sieg Heil! resound at rural family retreats. A dictator pontificates at Madison Square Garden to an overflowing crowd for a Nuremberg-style rally.

This is not alternative historical fiction; this is the true story of the German-American Bund. In the late 1930s, the Bund, led b
Paperback, 368 pages
Published September 9th 2014 by Picador (first published September 3rd 2013)
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Harvey Solomon
The author has certainly done his research, yet Swastika Nation lacks a compelling storyline beyond its just-the-facts approach. It often feels like a compendium of a rally here, a rally there.

First-hand accounts, from either the major players or rank and file, might have led to a deeper, more nuanced look at the bund. How did members feel, for example, when it all disappeared overnight in the wake of Pearl Harbor?

The most glaring omission is the lack of any photos (other than the cover) or grap
Deb Novack
Swastika Nation is the story of the German American Bund and its leader Fritz Kuhn in pre World War II times. Kuhn was a trained chemist and also a thief, he stole money from the Bund treasury to keep his many mistresses, he was eventually tried and imprisoned in Sing Sing for embezzlement. He had once worked for Henry Ford who who was known as an anti-Semitic.
The historical research and storyline were wonderful and the characters although sleazy were written with great care.
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Swastika Nation: Fritz Kuhn and the Rise and Fall of the German-American Bund by Arnie Bern­stein is a non-ficiton book detail­ing the rise and fall of the Amer­i­can Nazi move­ment before World War II. This is another for­got­ten chap­ter in his­tory, and even though we’d like to for­get it, it seems wiser not to.

Swastika Nation: Fritz Kuhn and the Rise and Fall of the German-American Bund by Arnie Bern­stein is a dis­turb­ing, scary but very read­able his­tory book. The book starts with a 1939
Arnie Bernstein offers an interesting, if overblown and at times overwrought, examination of the Nazi German-American Bund with his work "Swastika Nation." The book is quite thorough, especially with regards to its discussion of Fritz Kuhn, a central casting figure if ever there was one.

The central issue with the book is Bernstein's glossing over just how tiny the Bund was in the years America's entry into WWII (Spoiler alert: already weakened by law suits and infighting, the Bund dissolved shor
Michael Ritchie
History of the German-American Bund, a group of German-American social clubs which endorsed the idea of Nazi ideology in American politics before WWII. An interesting topic I've not read much on. This book is a good starting place, but much of it is simply the re-wording and re-telling of many newspaper articles of the era. The author did his research, but then spends too many paragraphs, especially near the end as he writes about Kuhn's trail on charges of embezzlement, relating all the court e ...more
An interesting if slightly dry read about a pro Nazi group in America before and during World War II. as I live near the former Bund I was excited to read about Kuhn and his group. The research is well done and the pictures complement the story well, but I didn't really feel the concern of the surrounding neighbors or the government. If you are a history nerd who loves anything World War II related then you might like this book. Be warned though it is not an easy story to read.

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James Garner
Gripping narrative about Nazi apologists at work in America during the 1930s. Bernstein is a great writer and researcher. This peek into a sordid corner of Americana gives a real taste of the era. I especially enjoyed the story of Jewish gangsters Mayer Lansky and Mickey Cohen and their efforts to interrupt the American Bund from spreading their message.
Interesting book on a dark part of American history but equally uplifting to see so many who took a stand.
Overall, the book is very informative. One criticism I have is that there were too many chapters. About 50% fewer would have been more managable.
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I'm a nonfiction writer based in Chicago. My new book Swastika Nation: Fritz Kuhn and the Rise and Fall of the German American Bund tells the true story of a pro-Nazi movement that swept the United States in the 1930s. Swastika Nation is now available from St. Martin's Press. It's earned great reviews from The New York Times, Chicago Tribune, Publishers Weekly, and many other publications.

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