Fear Itself

Fear Itself

Book - 2011
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Random House, Inc.
A compelling, finely-crafted, intelligent thriller set in the Second World War.

It is 1940, and war is raging in Europe. With forty million citizens of German ancestry, there is great pressure within America to stay out of the fight. Elements ranging from the Nazi-sympathetic German-American Bund to the WASP-led America First movement are working feverishly to make sure America does not intervene on the side of a beleaguered Great Britain.

Stephen Nessheim, a 28-year-old German-American Lutheran, is working for the still-fledgling FBI. Having grown up in a small Wisconsin town, Nessheim has attended the University of Chicago already known for its radical theories of education and Leftist sympathies. But Nessheim is conservative, befitting his small town upbringing as the son of a schoolteacher, and plays American football in college. Dealing with his own conflicts and that of his divided community, Nessheim finds himself assigned to infiltrate the Bund to seek out suspected Nazi-extremists. His investigations take him deep into the heart of Roosevelt's government. But as he moves closer to the truth, another even more sinister plot emerges which threatens the very foundations of American democracy.


From the Trade Paperback edition.

Baker & Taylor
It is 1940, and war is raging in Europe. With forty million citizens of German ancestry, there is great pressure within America to stay out of the fight and the Nazi-sympathetic German-American Bund is working feverishly to make sure America does not intervene on the side of a beleaguered Great Britain.

Gardners
It's the late 1930s in an America slowly pulling itself out of the Depression. Jimmy Nessheim, a young Special Agent in the fledgling FBI, is assigned to infiltrate a new German-American organisation known as the Bund. Ardently pro-Nazi, it is conspiring to sabotage President Roosevelt's efforts to stop Hitler's advance.

Publisher: London : Hutchinson, 2011
ISBN: 9780091796068
0091796067
Branch Call Number: FIC ROS
Characteristics: 422 p. ;,24 cm.

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JCLDianeH Jun 08, 2013

I've read a number of WWII spy books that took place in Europe, but this was the first one I'd read where the action happened mostly in the United States. It's made me curious to learn more about the Bund (a German-American organization) and it's activities before and during the war.

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dannnn
Jan 06, 2013

Good plot but predictable bad guy.

ChristchurchLib Dec 11, 2012

"In 1936, FBI agents do not go undercover. Unless, that is, you're 26-year-old Jimmy Nessheim and your boss, FBI assistant director Harry Guttman, is more concerned with the looming Nazi threat than with what J. Edgar Hoover thinks. At any rate, Nessheim is dispatched to infiltrate the pro-Nazi German-American Bund organization - and in so doing discovers a plot targeting the White House. Fear Itself is the 1st in a series projected to run right through the end of World War II, so readers who have finished everything by Alan Furst and are looking for more will be pleased by this intelligent historical spy novel." Thrillers and Suspense December 2012 Newsletter http://www.nextreads.com/Display2.aspx?SID=5acc8fc1-4e91-4ebe-906d-f8fc5e82a8e0&N=577901

ChristchurchLib Dec 11, 2012

"In 1936, FBI agents do not go undercover. Unless, that is, you're 26-year-old Jimmy Nessheim and your boss, FBI assistant director Harry Guttman, is more concerned with the looming Nazi threat than with what J. Edgar Hoover thinks. At any rate, Nessheim is dispatched to infiltrate the pro-Nazi German-American Bund organization - and in so doing discovers a plot targeting the White House. Fear Itself is the 1st in a series projected to run right through the end of World War II, so readers who have finished everything by Alan Furst and are looking for more will be pleased by this intelligent historical spy novel." Thrillers and Suspense December 2012 Newsletter http://www.nextreads.com/Display2.aspx?SID=5acc8fc1-4e91-4ebe-906d-f8fc5e82a8e0&N=577901

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