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The true story of how US intelligence organizations employed Nazi war criminals in clandestine warfare and propaganda against the USSR, anticolonial revolutionaries, and progressive movements worldwide that were claimed to be Soviet pawns; includes a new, previously suppressed introduction by the author on the CIA’s declassification of Nazi-related records Even before the f The true story of how US intelligence organizations employed Nazi war criminals in clandestine warfare and propaganda against the USSR, anticolonial revolutionaries, and progressive movements worldwide that were claimed to be Soviet pawns; includes a new, previously suppressed introduction by the author on the CIA’s declassification of Nazi-related records Even before the final shots of World War II were fired, another war began—a cold war that pitted the United States against its former ally, the Soviet Union. As the Soviets consolidated power in Eastern Europe, the CIA scrambled to gain the upper hand against new enemies worldwide. To this end, senior officials at the CIA, National Security Council, and other elements of the emerging US national security state turned to thousands of former Nazis, Waffen Secret Service, and Nazi collaborators for propaganda, psychological warfare, and military operations. Many new recruits were clearly responsible for the deaths of countless innocents as part of Adolph Hitler’s “Final Solution,” yet were whitewashed and claimed to be valuable intelligence assets. Unrepentant mass murderers were secretly accepted into the American fold, their crimes forgotten and forgiven with the willing complicity of the US government. Blowback is the first thorough, scholarly study of the US government’s extensive recruitment of Nazis and fascist collaborators right after the war. Although others have approached the topic since, Simpson’s book remains the essential starting point. The author demonstrates how this secret policy of collaboration only served to intensify the Cold War and has had lasting detrimental effects on the American government and society that endure to this day.


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The true story of how US intelligence organizations employed Nazi war criminals in clandestine warfare and propaganda against the USSR, anticolonial revolutionaries, and progressive movements worldwide that were claimed to be Soviet pawns; includes a new, previously suppressed introduction by the author on the CIA’s declassification of Nazi-related records Even before the f The true story of how US intelligence organizations employed Nazi war criminals in clandestine warfare and propaganda against the USSR, anticolonial revolutionaries, and progressive movements worldwide that were claimed to be Soviet pawns; includes a new, previously suppressed introduction by the author on the CIA’s declassification of Nazi-related records Even before the final shots of World War II were fired, another war began—a cold war that pitted the United States against its former ally, the Soviet Union. As the Soviets consolidated power in Eastern Europe, the CIA scrambled to gain the upper hand against new enemies worldwide. To this end, senior officials at the CIA, National Security Council, and other elements of the emerging US national security state turned to thousands of former Nazis, Waffen Secret Service, and Nazi collaborators for propaganda, psychological warfare, and military operations. Many new recruits were clearly responsible for the deaths of countless innocents as part of Adolph Hitler’s “Final Solution,” yet were whitewashed and claimed to be valuable intelligence assets. Unrepentant mass murderers were secretly accepted into the American fold, their crimes forgotten and forgiven with the willing complicity of the US government. Blowback is the first thorough, scholarly study of the US government’s extensive recruitment of Nazis and fascist collaborators right after the war. Although others have approached the topic since, Simpson’s book remains the essential starting point. The author demonstrates how this secret policy of collaboration only served to intensify the Cold War and has had lasting detrimental effects on the American government and society that endure to this day.

30 review for Blowback: America's Recruitment of Nazis and Its Destructive Impact on Our Domestic and Foreign Policy

  1. 4 out of 5

    Erik Graff

    This is the second book I've read by Simpson and maybe the third about the connivance of agencies of the federal government with Nazi war criminals. Although previous study had prepared me for the general themes taken up by the author, none of the others had so impressed upon me the extent of such cooperation, both in terms of the numbers involved and the numbers, the victims, affected. Additionally, no other such book has made such a strong case against the CIA and cooperating agencies for effe This is the second book I've read by Simpson and maybe the third about the connivance of agencies of the federal government with Nazi war criminals. Although previous study had prepared me for the general themes taken up by the author, none of the others had so impressed upon me the extent of such cooperation, both in terms of the numbers involved and the numbers, the victims, affected. Additionally, no other such book has made such a strong case against the CIA and cooperating agencies for effectively harming the interests of the USA in both the short and long term. This book was written in the aftermath of the Iran-Contra scandal. Although the text focuses on the period from 1945 to 1959, connections are drawn to events from that period to the actions of the Republican Party and the Reagan administration in the eighties.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Steve

    Those who do not learn from history are doomed to...umm I forget and so does just everybody else...that or they haven't read the books like this. Intriguing read that could would be an eye opener to the average American or just another shake of the head in disgust by the more educated.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Richard

    Reading Blowback by Christopher Simpson made me ill and very angry - and convinced me that every American should read this book. Even better, it should be a text book in High School and College U.S. History courses. Blowback refers to the unintended adverse results of a political action. In this case, employment by the United States Intelligence Services of tens of thousands of former Nazis - members of the SS, German Army, and Nazi government who were directly linked to the killings of millions Reading Blowback by Christopher Simpson made me ill and very angry - and convinced me that every American should read this book. Even better, it should be a text book in High School and College U.S. History courses. Blowback refers to the unintended adverse results of a political action. In this case, employment by the United States Intelligence Services of tens of thousands of former Nazis - members of the SS, German Army, and Nazi government who were directly linked to the killings of millions of individuals. Immediately after V-E day, the U.S. became obsessed with the USSR and the fear that Communism was going to spread rapidly. Many in the government became convinced that WWIII, complete with the use of the new A-Bombs, would start within six months and plans needed to be ready immediately. They figured that former Nazi scientists, military personnel, propaganda experts, and secret police could be used to prepare ourselves for this conflict. Secretly, and often illegally, intelligence organizations, including the newly formed OSS/CIA, recruited tens of thousands of "former" Nazis. Many were secreted away from the Nuremberg Commission and British and Russian war crime boards and brought, surreptitiously, into the United States. Bankrolled via government funds funneled through Radio Free Europe and other "private" organizations, intelligence groups, political committees, and military units were formed. The famous Green Berets owes their existence, and head gear, to these groups. Assassination squads, guerrilla warfare groups, and propaganda machines were setup, all with the goal of destabilizing the USSR and stopping Communism. Joe McCarthy was just a "drop in the bucket" compared to the secret organizing done using Nazis in the name of democracy. And, even more alarming, organizations formed by these groups are alive and well influencing our current government's foreign and domestic policy. Christopher Simpson is not some conspiracy theorist. In fact, nearly half of this 398 page book is devoted to footnotes and source notes. He uses Freedom of Information files and personal interviews to support every point made. This book will inform and infuriate you, as it should.

  4. 4 out of 5

    sologdin

    fine bit of dragging the waters. details paperclip, bloodstone, and other operations. explains how the gehlen group was folded into the early CIA. points out that a number of persons who should've hanged were hired. US cold war policy as virtual continuation of NSDAP eastern front doctrine.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Mark Singer

    Depressing yet necessary look at the American use of Nazi collaborators during the Cold War and its disastrous effects on both foreign and domestic policy.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Zeb Kantrowitz

    This is one of the books that comprise the “Forbidden Bookshelf” edited by Mark Crispin Miller for Open Road Media. There are six or seven books in the series, each of which is purported to be a book that the ‘Government’ would rather keep out of continued publication. This would be great if it were true, but if the US government is afraid of this book, anyone who is part of that type of work should be sent to run the US AID library in Kabul or Bagdad. Keeping in mind that this book was first pu This is one of the books that comprise the “Forbidden Bookshelf” edited by Mark Crispin Miller for Open Road Media. There are six or seven books in the series, each of which is purported to be a book that the ‘Government’ would rather keep out of continued publication. This would be great if it were true, but if the US government is afraid of this book, anyone who is part of that type of work should be sent to run the US AID library in Kabul or Bagdad. Keeping in mind that this book was first published in 1988, much of what is in this book is so dated as to be ‘forgotten history’. You could learn more about what is in this book by watching old episodes of “60 minutes”. It mostly exposes the CIA and State Department use of ex-Nazis, Nazi collaborators and other ‘fellow travelers’ in the 50s and 60s to run and fund anti-communist groups in Eastern Europe. Not only as spies but also as recruiters to work in the ‘captive nations’; to cause problems for the new communist governments and the Soviet Union. It shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone who realized that this is what we have done all over the world since the end of the Second World War. Much of the underground movements that we have backed during and after the Cold War, were members of local fascist type or anyone who claimed to be anti-communists. This can now be confirmed by our one time backing of Muamar Khadafi, Sadaam Hussein, Anwar Sadat, the ISI (the secret military police in Pakistan) and the Mujahadeen in Afghanistan. All of this traces back to the Dulles brothers before during and after WW2. John Foster Dulles (Secretary of State) and Allen Dulles (co-Head of OSS, and then the CIA) were the spearhead of American conservatives during the early Cold War. Both of them were super-patriots and felt that anything they did was for the betterment of the country. They didn’t care who they worked with or what they did as long as it helped ‘national security’. So backing a few sadists, murderers and psychopaths was par for the course. If you wonder if this works, look at what happened in Iraq when we decided that all of the Iraqi Officer Corp and the leadership and management of the Baath Party would be purged from the Iraqi government. Many of the ‘terrorists’ who are Taliban and ISIS and other guerilla leaders can be traced back to these men who were purged. So even if they are ‘scum’, it would appear that it’s better if they are ‘our scum’ then sent off to be independent contractors to the nearest rebels. Read it as an historical document. Zeb Kantrowitz zworstblog.blogspot.com

  7. 4 out of 5

    Sandra D

    Excellent book, but it made me so angry that I wasn't able to finish reading it.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Cyrus Alderwood

    You will find the kinds of nefarious and sinister people our government worked with to fight the Cold War to be shocking! If even half of this book is true it is frightening.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Mark Feltskog

    Instructive, particularly as we seem unwilling or unable to learn from the mistakes which it thorougly and carefully documents.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Zella Kate

    Good but difficult read on how American intelligence actively recruited and sheltered Nazi war criminals in the wake of WWII because of Cold War fears about the USSR. These war criminals--which included both long-time German SS men and collaborators from across Europe--exerted an astonishing amount of power in the realm of American-Soviet relations due to the often faulty and self-serving intel they provided. Simpson is a good writer who has done an incredible amount of research, though it's pre Good but difficult read on how American intelligence actively recruited and sheltered Nazi war criminals in the wake of WWII because of Cold War fears about the USSR. These war criminals--which included both long-time German SS men and collaborators from across Europe--exerted an astonishing amount of power in the realm of American-Soviet relations due to the often faulty and self-serving intel they provided. Simpson is a good writer who has done an incredible amount of research, though it's pretty dense reading. I'd like to think I'm pretty well-read on WWII, but I didn't know most of the material in this book. I ultimately was more interested in the Gehlen Organization and its sinister hold on both American and German intelligence after the war--including the one former German Nazi who provided intelligence to numerous countries but cited himself as a source to all his clients to bolster the perceived credibility of his report (seriously, what the hell?)--than the recruitment and use of fascist collaborators from places like Latvia, Ukraine, and Yugoslavia, though that information was not uninteresting or disturbing in its own right.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Tom Motko

    Highly documented and readable account, using FOIA materials as well as other primary sources and contemporaneous accounts of the US Army Counterintelligence Corps/OSS/CIA recruitment and protection of thousands of Nazis, Nazi collaborators and quislings from Nazi-occupied countries, including war criminals and those who committed other crimes against humanity between 1945 and the mid-to-late 1950s in the name of fighting "communism". The book was published in 1988, so a little knowledge of hist Highly documented and readable account, using FOIA materials as well as other primary sources and contemporaneous accounts of the US Army Counterintelligence Corps/OSS/CIA recruitment and protection of thousands of Nazis, Nazi collaborators and quislings from Nazi-occupied countries, including war criminals and those who committed other crimes against humanity between 1945 and the mid-to-late 1950s in the name of fighting "communism". The book was published in 1988, so a little knowledge of history prior to the collapse of the USSR could be helpful.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Mohammed Hindash

    This book brought light to the controversial US policy. It proves, in my opinion, how imperialistic USA is.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Louis

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  17. 5 out of 5

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  20. 5 out of 5

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  21. 5 out of 5

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  23. 4 out of 5

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  24. 4 out of 5

    Roger Stolle

  25. 4 out of 5

    Michael Greening

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    David Evans

  28. 5 out of 5

    J. Todd

  29. 4 out of 5

    Sheikh Tajamul

  30. 4 out of 5

    Dogsandbooks

    Extensive notes on UnCSocC cards. DPL 331.62s

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