The Hidden Hindenburg: The Untold Story of the Tragedy, the Nazi Secrets, and the Quest to Rule the Skies

The Hidden Hindenburg: The Untold Story of the Tragedy, the Nazi Secrets, and the Quest to Rule the Skies

by Michael McCarthy


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By the author of Ashes Under Water (Lyons Press), here is one of the great untold stories of World War II. The Hidden Hindenburg at last reveals the cause of aviation’s most famous disaster and the duplicity that kept the truth from coming to light for three generations. It also finally catches up with a German legend who misled the world about the Hindenburg to bury his own Nazi connections.

Drawing on previously unpublished documents from the National Archives in Washington, along with archival collections in Germany, this definitive account explores how the Hindenburg was connected to the Dachau concentration camp, a futuristic German rocket that terrified the Allies, and a classified project that imported Nazi scientists to America after the war.

It took author Michael McCarthy four years to get to the bottom of this epic disaster, in which the largest object civilization has ever managed to fly burnt up in less than one minute. Along the way, he found a tale of international intrigue, revealing a whistleblower, a cover-up and corruption on two continents.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781493053704
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 09/01/2020
Pages: 328
Sales rank: 460,141
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

Michael McCarthy worked for twenty-two years for the Wall Street Journal, as a reporter and editor in New York and Chicago. He wrote about aviation and other industries. In 2014, he published Ashes Under Water: The SS Eastland and the Shipwreck That Shook America (Lyons Press). That nonfiction work brought to life a tragedy in which more than eight hundred people, mostly poor women and children, perished in a steamship capsize. The book hit the New York Times e-book bestseller list in the summer of 2015. His Eastland book also sparked a documentary film, for which he was interviewed, from Chicago-based Moshman Productions. He lives in South Haven, MI.

For more information on the author and his multi-episode podcast on his quest to solve the Hindenburg mystery, please visit

Table of Contents

Authors Note ix

Part 1 Air

Chapter 1 Dealing with Demons 3

Chapter 2 "The Pope" 14

Chapter 3 "Noble Wine" 28

Chapter 4 A Quivering Cover 55

Chapter 5 Begging for Helium 66

Chapter 6 Twine and Tape 81

Part 2 Fire

Chapter 7 Headwinds 93

Chapter 8 "This Is the End" 100

Chapter 9 Sincere Regrets 103

Chapter 10 "Noticeable Fluttering" 118

Chapter 11 Broken Water 129

Chapter 12 "Enjoy the War" 141

Part 3 Earth

Chapter 13 Illicit Fruit 159

Chapter 14 The German Missile Crisis 171

Chapter 15 "An Inside Job" 178

Chapter 16 Swastikas in the Closet 191

Chapter 17 "I Don't Believe in War" 213

Chapter 18 "Hunger Cages" 220

Epilogue 233

Acknowledgments 246

Appendix 249

Notes 251

References 274

Index 281

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