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

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In the late 1930s, the German–American Bund, led by its popinjay dictator Fritz Kuhn, was a small but powerful national movement, determined to conquer the United States government with a fascist dictatorship. They met in private social halls and beer garden backrooms, gathered at private resorts and public rallies, developed their own version of the SS and Hitler Youth, p ...more
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Published September 3rd 2013 by St. Martin's Press
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Seth J. Vogelman
I was fairly disappointed in this book. It began with a bang and the was anticipating some illuminating information on this topic. Mr. Bernstein quickly detoured and filled the book with obtuse references to popular culture, a too in-depth review of jewish gangsters and other filler, while not really ever focusing on the German-American Bund.

The position of the Nazis as a reflection of US culture would have been good, as well as a better overview of German-American sentiments in light of overall
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Anthony Faber
Jul 31, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting book, telling of the rise and fall of the Bund, with an assorted cast of characters. I was surprised by the number of Jewish gangsters that got involved in extra-legal harassment of the Bund, and I feel just the slightest bit guilty about it.
jordan
Sep 26, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Zohar - ManOfLaBook.com
Jan 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
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 pro-Nazi rally
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Jemma
Oct 21, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Pretty poor. The first clue is that there are no pictures, save the cover. This would've been interesting and help to put the various people, events and locations in context. Secondly, there is not really much to tell because all the things you expect from Nazis are here - anti-Semitism; gangster behaviour; racism; ill-considered positions. The main difference from the German variety is that these Nazis are unsuccessful. Indeed, in this work at least, they seem to get beaten up more than they ac ...more
Ralphz
Jul 30, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fascinating look at the rise and fall of the American Nazi movement German-American Bund in the 1930s and 40s.

The movement centered on a megalomanic, Fritz Kuhn, a German-born American citizen who admired Hitler and pursued the creation of a Nazi America. The stunning thing about this is that he had many on his side - including Henry Ford.

The group's antisemitism was a factor that attracted many to the cause. So was the idea of "Aryan" purity and German nationalism.

The book also is about out tho
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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
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
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Deb Novack
Feb 27, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Thanks to Net Galle
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Jacqueline
Oct 01, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Robert
Nov 22, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Loren
Nov 20, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting book on a dark part of American history but equally uplifting to see so many who took a stand.
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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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