The Air-Raid Warden Was a Spy: And Other Tales from Home-Front America in World War II

The Air-Raid Warden Was a Spy: And Other Tales from Home-Front America in World War II

by William B. Breuer


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Critical acclaim for William B. Breuer
"A first-class historian."
-The Wall Street Journal
Top Secret Tales of World War II
"A book for rainy days and long solitary nights by the fire. If there were a genre for cozy nonfiction, this would be the template."
-Publishers Weekly
"Perfect for the curious and adventure readers and those who love exotic tales and especially history buffs who will be surprised at what they didn't know. Recommended for nearly everyone."
-Kirkus Reviews
Daring Missions of World War II
"The author brings to light many previously unknown stories of behind-the-scenes bravery and covert activities that helped the Allies win critical victories."
-Albuquerque Journal
Secret Weapons of World War II
"Rip-roaring tales . . . a delightful addition to the niche that Breuer has so successfully carved out."
-Publishers Weekly

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780471234883
Publisher: Turner Publishing Company
Publication date: 01/06/2003
Pages: 228
Sales rank: 1,220,941
Product dimensions: 6.26(w) x 9.94(h) x 0.86(d)

About the Author

WILLIAM B. BREUER is the critically acclaimed author of more than thirty military history books, including Daring Missions of World War II, Unexplained Mysteries of World War II, Top Secret Tales of World War II, Undercover Tales of World War II, Vendetta!: Castro and the Kennedy Brothers, and Shadow Warriors: The Covert War in Korea, all published by Wiley. Fourteen of his books have been main selections of the Military Book Club, including The Great Raid on Cabanatuan and MacArthur's Undercover War, both published by Wiley.

Table of Contents


Part One—Shock Waves Hit America.

“On the Ground, by God!”

Dispute in the President’s Office.

Calls for Retreat to Rockies.

Submarines Off West Coast .

Roosevelt Rallies the Nation.

Eavesdropper in the German Embassy.

A Television Pioneer.

Instant Psychologists.

Strange Doings across the Land.

A Stop-and-Go Railroad Trip.

“San Francisco Is Being Bombed!”

Watching for Enemy Paratroopers.

A Covert Raid into Mexico.

Fear for Roosevelt’s Life.

FBI Joins in Sinking Submarine.

Rounding Up Subversive Suspects.

A Feud over Wiretapping.

Mission: Halt Ambassador’s Hara-Kiri.

A Field Marshal Is Shocked.

Nazi U-Boat in New York Harbor.

A Journalist Prowls the Normandie.

The Salesman’s Luck Runs Out.

Part Two—America under Siege.

Joe Louis Contributes Huge Purse.

A Grieving Father Joins Navy.

Self-Appointed Do-Gooders.

A Hollywood Victory Committee.

Actress Dies for Her Country.

Dismantling a Nazi Spy Network.

A Debacle in Manhattan.

The Battle of Los Angeles.

“We Poison Rats and Japs”.

Goal: Coalition of Africa and Japan.

Mysterious Malady on Ships.

The FBI and the OSS Feud.

Hijinks on a Hospital Roof.

Suspicions Run Rampant.

“German Officers” Stalk Harbor.

Commercial Radio’s First War.

U-Boats “Ruining” Tourist Season.

Helping a German POW Escape.

Strange Scenario in San Francisco.

Silencing a Priest Rabble-Rouser.

Nazi Agents in Key Industry Posts.

Blasts Rock Defense Facilities.

Eastern America Set Ablaze.

The Mysterious Shangri-la.

Comic Strip Puzzles Tokyo Warlords.

Disaster Impacts Two U.S. Towns.

“A Date with Destiny”.

A Tumultuous Homecoming.

Lord Haw-Haw and His Spies.

Part Three—A Sleeping Giant Awakens.

Invasion Target: California.

Washington: Chaotic Capital.

A Young Reporter Is Awed.

“Doll Woman” an Enemy Agent.

Panic Erupts at Concert.

Standard Oil Aids the Nazis.

A Guidebook for Nazi Spies.

They Came to Blow Up America.

Artillery Confrontation in Oregon.

German-American Bund Demolished.

First Lady Rattles Some Cages.

“I’m Prouvéd of You, Mom!”

Horse Racing Flourishes

Psychological Saboteurs at Work.

Hollywood Superstars Sign Up to Fight.

War Hero Meets Joe Kennedy.

Wants to Spotlight U.S. Spies.

Government Censors Movies.

Navajo Code-Talkers.

Popular Orchestra Disbanded.

Gone with the Wind in Chicago.

Nasty Bartenders and Redneck Cops.

Plane Bombs Pacific Northwest.

Part Four—A Nation in Total War.

Covert Project on Constitution Avenue.

Patton Calls on the President.

Weapons Mysteriously Vanish.

A Huge Bounty on Hitler’s Head.

A Tempest in a Teapot.

Press Conference for “Women Only”.

Secret Plan to Draft Females.

Women in Combat Experiment.

Jailbreak for a Boyfriend.

Megabucks for Jack Benny’s Violin.

“Mom, Keep Your Chin Up!”.

Firm Gets Big Payoff.

A Glamorous Nazi Agent.

Marine Commander’s Dilemma.

A Patriotic Heroine’s Long Ordeal.

A Platinum Smuggler’s Demise.

“Get Going! Time Is Short!”

Women Flock to War Plants.

Recruiting the Blind and the Deaf.

Offer to a Striptease Artist.

The FBI Arrests “Good Old Ernie”.

America’s Least-Known Boomtown.

“Hello, America! Berlin Calling!”.

A Picture Stuns the Nation.

A Tragedy in St. Louis.

“Legal Kidnapping” by Soviet Thugs.

Spy Nabbed a Second Time.

Scoundrels in the War Effort.

“Bomb Japan Out of Existence”.

War Hero Bounced from Air Corps.

An Overseer of GI Morals.

Top-Secret Projects Opened to Women.

Roosevelt: Chloroform Drew Pearson.

An Ace German Operative.

Part Five—On the Road to Victory.

Hoodwinking Hitler from New York.

A Spy in Allied Headquarters?

Two Broadcast Rivals Called Up.

Tributes to a Fallen Female Pilot.

Cheers for a Lady.

D Day Anxieties and Prayers.

A Virginia Town Is Jolted.

Calamity at Port Chicago.

Secret Project in a Movie Studio.

WASPs Test New B-29.

The Fable of Fala.

Roosevelt’s Foe Keeps a Secret.

A Father-and-Daughter Spy Team.

Stumbling into a World Series.

A Riot Erupts in New York City.

Dark Intruders Sneak Ashore.

Robot Bombs Threaten East Coast.

The Führer Staggers America.

Back Home for Christmas.

Episode on a Florida Bus.

A GI Changes His Mind.

Part Six—The Lights Go On Again.

A Blaze of Glory.

A “Byrne-out” Hits the Nation.

“It Was His Duty”.

A Battered Warrior Limps Home.

Visit by a Navy Chaplain.

“Will I Be Able to See?”.

“Franklin Died Like a Soldier”.

Mama Truman Visits the White House.

GIs’ Best Friend Dies in Battle.

Restrained Joy Breaks Out.

Two Old Friends Meet.

Poll: Hang Hirohito.

“Your Son Is Close to Death”.

A Rain of Explosive Balloons.

Paratroopers in Operation Firefly.

A Purple Heart Parade.

Plane Crashes into Skyscraper.

An Invasion of German Scientists.

Curious Happenings in Utah.

A Haunting Prediction.

Proposed Use of Disabling Gas.

“I Was Thinking about Our Boys”.

“Let’s Take a Second Day Off!”.

A Nation Goes Wild.

A GI Refugee Returns.

“Experts” Visualize Crime Wave.

Notes and Sources.


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