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Swastika Nation: Fritz Kuhn and the Rise and Fall of the German-American Bund

by Arnie Bernstein

In the late 1930s, the German–American Bund, led by its popinjay dictator Fritz Kuhn, was a small but powerful national movement, determined to conquer the United States government with a fascist dictatorship. They met in private social halls and beer garden backrooms, gathered at private resorts and public rallies, developed their own version of the SS and Hitler Youth, published a national newspaper and --- for a brief moment of their own imagined glory --- seemed poised to make an impact on American politics.

But while the American Nazi leadership dreamed of their Swastika Nation, an amalgamation of politicians, a rising legal star, an ego-charged newspaper columnist, and denizens of the criminal underworld utilized their respective means and muscle to bring down the movement and its dreams of a United Reich States.

SWASTIKA NATION by Arnie Bernstein is a story of bad guys, good guys, and a few guys who fell somewhere in-between. The rise and fall of Fritz Kuhn and his German-American Bund at the hands of these disparate fighters is a sometimes funny, sometimes harrowing, and always compelling story from start to finish.

Swastika Nation: Fritz Kuhn and the Rise and Fall of the German-American Bund
by Arnie Bernstein

  • Publication Date: September 9, 2014
  • Genres: History, Nonfiction
  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Picador
  • ISBN-10: 1250056012
  • ISBN-13: 9781250056016