- Tapa dura: 432 páginas
- Editor: The University Press of Kentucky; Edición: 1 (25 de julio de 2013)
- Colección: American Warriors Series
- Idioma: Inglés
- ISBN-10: 0813141761
- ISBN-13: 978-0813141763
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Exposing the Third Reich: Colonel Truman Smith in Hitler's Germany (American Warriors Series) (Inglés) Tapa dura – 25 jul 2013
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" Exposing the Third Reich is a story of how influential a single officer was in his service from WWI culminating in the development of NATO in the early 1970s.... Colonel Truman Smith deserves this book. Colonel Henry Gole has provided us with a publication all professional officers should include in their libraries." -- Parameters: The US Army War College Quarterly "Henry Gole, a veteran of Korea and Vietnam, tells for the first time the interesting story of Smith, his wife Kay, and their lives in and with Germany during [the Third Reich]. This is an account of Smith's professional careers as well as a very personal story of a deep and affectionate family relationship. [....] Exposing the Third Reich is a highly stimulating read. Gole's biography constitutes a real contribution to the historiography of U.S.-German relations and American military thinking about Germany's strengthening positing in the 1930s." -- The Journal of Military History ""Exposing the Third Reich" is a fascinating book about a virtually unknown officer who played a major role in the development of U.S military planning before and during World War II." -- Bowling Green Daily News "Gole demonstrates that, far from condoning Hitler, [Colonel Truman] Smith was among the first to raise the alarm: he predicted many of the Nazis' moves years in advance and feared that the international community would not act quickly enough. Featuring many firsthand observations of the critical changes in Germany between the world wars, this biography presents an indispensable look both at a fascinating figure and at the nuances of the interwar years." -- Bob Edmonds, McCormick Messenger "Gole is well qualified to write a biography of Truman Smith. In addition to the invaluable memoirs of Truman and Kay Smith, he had access to their correspondence and conducted extensive research of relevant books and articles. His experience as a soldier has helped him understand Smith's military career." -- Edward M. Coffman, from the foreword "Colonel Gole's appraisal of Truman Smith presents us with the story of one of the many unsung heroes of World War II, against the backdrop of the turbulent history of Germany in the middle years of the 20th century. As World War II recedes rapidly from living memory, there are many such stories remaining to be told of the behind-the-scenes 'heavy lifters' of the period. Truman Smith's story is one of the most important and compelling." -- David T. Zabecki, Major General David T. Zabecki, AUS (Ret.)
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As World War II recedes from living memory, there remain untold stories of important behind-the-scenes operatives who provided vital support to the leaders celebrated in historical accounts. Colonel Truman Smith is one of the most compelling figures from this period, but there has never been a biography of this important and controversial man. In Exposing the Third Reich, Henry G. Gole tells this soldier's story for the first time.An American aristocrat from a prominent New England family, Smith was first assigned to Germany in 1919 during the Allied occupation and soon became known as a regional expert. During his second assignment in the country as a military attache in 1935, he arranged for his good friend Charles Lindbergh to inspect the Luftwaffe. The Germans were delighted to have the famous aviator view their planes, enabling Smith to gather key intelligence about their air capability. His savvy cultivation of relationships rendered him invaluable throughout his service, particularly as an aide to General George C. Marshall; however, the colonel's friendliness with Germany also aroused suspicion that he was a Nazi sympathizer.Gole demonstrates that, far from condoning Hitler, Smith was among the first to raise the alarm: he predicted many of the Nazis' moves years in advance and feared that the international community would not act quickly enough. Featuring many firsthand observations of the critical changes in Germany between the world wars, this biography presents an indispensable look both at a fascinating figure and at the nuances of the interwar years.Ver Descripción del producto
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Henry Gole's accounting for the living, breathing Colonel Truman Smith is extremely well researched, heavily appendixed, marvelously footnoted. Letters to his wife, Kay show the man's humanity. Photos show his soldierly bearing. Too brief descriptions try to portray his courage and leadership in combat in the "Great War".
But, Colonel Gole is an historian, and a diligent one. No mussing up facts. A true tale of Truman Smith's contribution to a "Great Cause"..
It is a scholarly work, written by a scholar, himself.
I wish it were a novel, with wild assumptions, and a better ending.
Henry Gole is an outstanding military writer. He captured the image of Colonel Truman Smith perfectly. Colonel Truman Smith played a huge role in obtaining information from the German Air Force and Army. He also had information on the rise of Adolf Hitler. Gole’s novels help people remember brave soldiers who played a massive role in WWII and all other wars. Gole also shows how some officers such as Colonel Truman Smith should be more well-known. When I was reading, I felt like I was inside the book. Overall, it was an amazing, informative book; I would give 4 stars. If you are interested in any sort of wars, then you would love this book.
' Entering the army as a New York National Guardsman, Truman Smith served on the Mexican border and on the Western Front . At the end of the Great War he was on occupation duty in Germany (1919-1920), and then served as an assistant military attaché there (1920-1924), during which he got to know many people, including the then virtually unknown Adolf Hitler. Returning stateside, he performed troop and school duty, and became an intelligence analyst. In 1935 he returned to Germany as the military attaché. Smith renewed old friendships, developed new ones, and began sending a steady flow of information back to Washington on the Nazi movement, German rearmament, and the prospects for war. It is this period on which Gole focuses. His book is full of Smith’s movements and contacts and analyses of his reports. There is a good look at the social world of the attaché, one in which his wealthy wife played an important role, and frequent profiles by both Smiths of many Germans and Americans, Hitler, US Ambassador Dodd, Göring, Lindbergh, and more. Although Smith and his wife were conservative, rather snobbish, and surprisingly unmoved by the fate of Germany’s Jews, Gole demonstrates that Colonel Smith’s work was of importance to the American understanding of the Nazi regime and to the U.S. Army’s preparations for war. A valuable read for anyone interested in intelligence, or just for its look at Europe in the years during which it slid toward war.'
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