This book was written from two different perspectives. One was a family living through the Nazi regime suffering the horrors, and the other is told by an ex-cop who has tried his whole life to take down the Nazi soldiers which were given a free pass by the U.S. government.
The story told from the families eyes is compelling and pulls on your heart strings. While it only touches the surface of the pain they went through, it is more horrible than anything anyone could make up. It certainly makes us realize how silly we sound at every day complaints.
The second part of the book, which is interwoven throughout, is edgier. It delves in to conspiracies and the history of the CIA in relation to treating Nazi sympathizers. It contains a lot of history, dates and names and at first it becomes a little overwhelming. But you soon realize how everyone is connected and how their decisions have affected American lives and decisions we have made as a country.
As I was reading the book, I kept going back and forth. While I realize every form of government has skeletons in their closet, it bordered on conspiracy theory writing. On the other hand, I realize every form of government has skeletons in their closet, and it's nice and important for the American public to know what was (and still is) going on. So I kept going back and forth, from being offended at the claims, to being offended that the claims were true . Which makes a good read.
Tim Fleming did a good job with this book. While the subject matter was grim and heavy, he added lighter points at just the right spots in order to give our brains a break from murder and torture. I can see this book being used in campuses throughout the country. Whether you agree with the information presented in it or not, it would certainly make for a great discussion.
This book is great for history teacher and professors, people studying the Holocaust, the US government, or those studying sociology. It is not a light read by any means, but it is a book that can be read in a day.