The Fourth Horseman

The Fourth Horseman : One Man's Secret Campaign to Fight the Great War in America

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This compelling new book traces the beginnings of modern germ warfare to a modest cottage six miles from the White House. "The Fourth Horseman" tells the startling story of Anton Dilger, a brilliant but conflicted American-German surgeon who became one of Germany's most daring spies and saboteurs during World War I. Dilger, (the son of a German emigre who had entered the US to fight for the Union at Gettysburg) trained as a doctor and was practicing in a Heidelberg hospital when war broke out in 1914. He stayed in Germany to treat the victims of the trenches, and it was during this time that he was approached to carry out a secret mission for the German Army. The mission, (carried out back in his native America in a rented house a short distance from the White House), involved cultivating deadly anthrax germs and using the disease to infect and kill horses which were bred in their hundreds of thousands for the British and French armies, and shipped across the Atlantic. The full story of this unlikely pioneer of biological warfare has never been told before in full, and Dilger offers a fascinating analogy for our own troubled times. Having thrown off the tethers of obligation to family and country he became a very dangerous man indeed - a spy and a zealot to a degree that may have so embarrassed the German High Command that, after the war, they ordered his death rather than admit he worked for more

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  • Hardback | 376 pages
  • 165.1 x 236.22 x 30.48mm | 725.74g
  • PublicAffairs,U.S.
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 1586483722
  • 9781586483722
  • 2,390,438

About Robert Koenig

Robert L Koenig is an award-winning journalist and science writer. He has written about Germany for more than two decades, and his article about Nazi-era research abuses helped convince Germany's leading scientific institutions to offer their first formal apologies to Holocaust survivors in 2001. He has reported from two dozen countries for several major publications including The Wall Street Journal Europe, Time Magazine and the International Herald more

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