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Insidious Foes : The Axis Fifth Column and the American Home Front

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Insidious Foes explores the 'case of national jitters' that occurred in the United States from 1938 to 1942 about the existence of a German fifth column movement, and how the government and citizens exaggerated what was actually a modest German effort.show more

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  • Hardback | 256 pages
  • 162.6 x 241.8 x 23.6mm | 338.4g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • New.
  • halftones
  • 0195092686
  • 9780195092684

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In this book, Francis MacDonnell examines the origins and consequences of America's Fifth Column panic and its manifestations in political and cultural life. He argues that conviction and expedience encouraged President Roosevelt, the FBI, Congressmen, Churchill's government, and Hollywood to legitimate and exacerbate Americans' fears. Gravely weakening the isolationists, fostering Congress's role in rooting out Un-American activities, and instigating the creation of the modern intelligence establishment, the Fifth Column scare did far more than sell movie tickets, comic books, and pulp fiction. Insidious Foes traces the panic from its foundation, as reasonable Americans saw the vulnerability of their open society to encroaching totalitarianism. Probing the intersections between domestic politics, popular culture, and foreign policy, MacDonnell provides a glimpse of a crucial moment in the history of American anxiety.show more

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Carefully researched and documented, this work offers an interesting historical view of an emotional and tense time in our history. A valuable source for those interested in World War II or in spy and espionage activities. * Library Journal *show more

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