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Blowback: America's Recruitment of Nazis and Its Destructive Impact on Our Domestic and Foreign Policy

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The true story of how US intelligence organizations employed Nazi war criminals in clandestine warfare and propaganda against the USSR, anticolonial revolutionaries, and progressive movements worldwide that were claimed to be Soviet pawns; includes a new, previously suppressed introduction by the author on the CIA’s declassification of Nazi-related records

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Published June 10th 2014 by Open Road Media (first published January 1st 1988)
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Erik Graff
Jun 11, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: US citizens
Recommended to Erik by: no one
Shelves: history
This is the second book I've read by Simpson and maybe the third about the connivance of agencies of the federal government with Nazi war criminals. Although previous study had prepared me for the general themes taken up by the author, none of the others had so impressed upon me the extent of such cooperation, both in terms of the numbers involved and the numbers, the victims, affected. Additionally, no other such book has made such a strong case against the CIA and cooperating agencies for effe ...more
Apr 11, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: politics
Those who do not learn from history are doomed to...umm I forget and so does just everybody else...that or they haven't read the books like this. Intriguing read that could would be an eye opener to the average American or just another shake of the head in disgust by the more educated.
May 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Reading Blowback by Christopher Simpson made me ill and very angry - and convinced me that every American should read this book. Even better, it should be a text book in High School and College U.S. History courses.

Blowback refers to the unintended adverse results of a political action. In this case, employment by the United States Intelligence Services of tens of thousands of former Nazis - members of the SS, German Army, and Nazi government who were directly linked to the killings of millions
fine bit of dragging the waters. details paperclip, bloodstone, and other operations. explains how the gehlen group was folded into the early CIA. points out that a number of persons who should've hanged were hired. US cold war policy as virtual continuation of NSDAP eastern front doctrine.
Peter (Pete) Mcloughlin
You want to do the dirty work of empire you need to hire bad guys. Be they Mafioso, Drug Cartel kingpins, Or Nazis that you defeated in the last World War. The CIA was first and foremost run on an anti-communist ethos and was not too picky in supporting bagmen. Of course, the bagmen have their own ideas. If using Nazis meant the business of America kept running and the business of America is business sometimes extractive business so be it. Of course, having an agency run by the executive with f ...more
Mark Singer
Depressing yet necessary look at the American use of Nazi collaborators during the Cold War and its disastrous effects on both foreign and domestic policy.
Zeb Kantrowitz
This is one of the books that comprise the “Forbidden Bookshelf” edited by Mark Crispin Miller for Open Road Media. There are six or seven books in the series, each of which is purported to be a book that the ‘Government’ would rather keep out of continued publication. This would be great if it were true, but if the US government is afraid of this book, anyone who is part of that type of work should be sent to run the US AID library in Kabul or Bagdad.

Keeping in mind that this book was first pu
Sandra D
Aug 12, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excellent book, but it made me so angry that I wasn't able to finish reading it.
Cyrus Alderwood
Nov 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
You will find the kinds of nefarious and sinister people our government worked with to fight the Cold War to be shocking! If even half of this book is true it is frightening.
Mark Feltskog
Jan 11, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Instructive, particularly as we seem unwilling or unable to learn from the mistakes which it thorougly and carefully documents.
Zella Kate
Good but difficult read on how American intelligence actively recruited and sheltered Nazi war criminals in the wake of WWII because of Cold War fears about the USSR. These war criminals--which included both long-time German SS men and collaborators from across Europe--exerted an astonishing amount of power in the realm of American-Soviet relations due to the often faulty and self-serving intel they provided.

Simpson is a good writer who has done an incredible amount of research, though it's pre
Tom Motko
May 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Highly documented and readable account, using FOIA materials as well as other primary sources and contemporaneous accounts of the US Army Counterintelligence Corps/OSS/CIA recruitment and protection of thousands of Nazis, Nazi collaborators and quislings from Nazi-occupied countries, including war criminals and those who committed other crimes against humanity between 1945 and the mid-to-late 1950s in the name of fighting "communism". The book was published in 1988, so a little knowledge of hist ...more
Mohammed Hindash
Apr 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book brought light to the controversial US policy. It proves, in my opinion, how imperialistic USA is.
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Christopher Simpson is a veteran reporter, historian, and analyst who teaches at American University's School of Communication in Washington, DC. His work has won national awards for investigative journalism, history, and literature, and has been published in more than a dozen languages. Current study includes technology, democracy, revolution, and peer learning.

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