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Trading with the Enemy: An Exposé of the Nazi-American Money Plot, 1933-1949

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"For almost forty years the facts behind the extraordinary true story of Nazi-American wartime business relations have been buried in government files. Now at last Charles Higham, drawing his account from thousands of documents just released under the Freedom of Information Act, has given us a full-scale picture of the American businessmen who d
Hardcover, 277 pages
Published 1983
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Steve Burstein I agree. Many people don't seem to understand that business-as-usual between belligerent countries just isn't possible. And once Hitler declared War o…moreI agree. Many people don't seem to understand that business-as-usual between belligerent countries just isn't possible. And once Hitler declared War on the US, German subsidiaries like Ford-Werke were his, not Ford's. (less)
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Mar 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
If you want to go really crazy read a book called Trading with the Enemy by Charles Higham. It will take your breath away.

It's one of those books that sat on my shelf since the mid-80s for some reason. Every notable industry -- General Motors, Shell, Standard Oil, Ford, Chase, ITT, National City Bank, DuPont etc, etc., were all feathering their monetary nests and shipping vital arms and machinery of war to Nazi Germany while the Axis powers killed our soldiers and the US state department and R
Feb 12, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: History buffs and students of the super rich
This book looks at the duplicity practiced by the Rockefellers and Henry Ford among other capitalists who helped put Hitler into power. The Rockefellers actually got a presidential order allowing Standard Oil of New Jersey to sell to the enemy. Read it and find out what other companies were involved and what they were selling to the enemy during WWII
Apr 05, 2008 rated it it was amazing
How can you be in bed with the enemy in the middle of wartime? According to this book very easily if you write the 'trading with the enemy act' into your constitution. Then you can supply them with all the materials they need to kill your allies and make a tidy profit doing so. I'm afraid not a lot has changed since then. War still equals profit for someone. Difficult to get hold of - I got my copy used from a used bookstore in Hawaii but hard to put down and it will make you very angry whilst y ...more
Michael Scharen
Feb 04, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Excellent research here. So much of these crimes were done openly with the tacit support of people like Roosevelt that people need to take a new look at behaviors of the 'dollar a year' men who were so highly praised. Of course, they could work with no pay. They were lining their pockets along with their counterparts in Nazi Germany during the war along with so-called neutrals in Sweden and other places. It has come out that Allied bombing of Germany was maybe 1% effective. It did, however, succ ...more
Apr 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
"The tycoons were linked by an ideology: the ideology of Business as Usual. Bound by identical reactionary ideas, the members sought a common future in fascist domination, regardless of which world leader might further that ambition."

Well, it seems the sacro-saint fight against communist or socialist ideas, coupled with the usual wish to do business and make money helped the rise of fascism and strengthened it. Many things appear in a different light, if you care to consider this
Jun 08, 2021 rated it really liked it
Higham documents the trading of the American financial elite with Nazi Germany before and during WW2.

Ford provided tanks to Hitler, Standard Oil fueled U-Boats in the Atlantic, ITT built rocket bombs for Goering, and Chase Bank financed Nazis in Paris. And all the while Allied troops were dying, killed by the resources financed by US companies.

This book reads like a thriller and I was gob-smacked at the corporate greed of American companies and, let's not pretend, their sympathies with the Nazi
Mike Downs
Oct 22, 2018 rated it liked it
I read this for research on my current novel. Higham I feel had a point to make however I do think there was a much larger picture he chose to ignore.
Asails F
Oct 08, 2011 rated it it was amazing
For a few years much was published about American Corporate collusion with the Nazi government during World War 2. After reading about Coca Cola's entrenchment in Germany I look back with confusion to 1972 when many Jews I knew wore buttons that said "Coke not Pepsi." At the time Pepsi Cola was the first to gain market share in Russia. This was an important issue that disturbed many of my friends. At the time Russia had some strong antisemitic tendencies. It seems strange that U.S. Corporation a ...more
Roger Booth
Jan 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Now that corporations have rights similar to humans, shouldn't we execute a few of them for treason?
We should at least make them add little swastikas to their logos.

Readers will be happy to learn that while millions were dying in World War II, Money Disneyland and its priesthood were not disturbed in the least bit.
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