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Hitler in Los Angeles : How Jews Foiled Nazi Plots Against Hollywood and America - Steven J. Ross

Hitler in Los Angeles

How Jews Foiled Nazi Plots Against Hollywood and America

Paperback Published: 1st April 2019
ISBN: 9781620405635
Number Of Pages: 432

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A 2018 Finalist for the Pulitzer Prize

No American city was more important to the Nazis than Los Angeles, home to Hollywood, the greatest propaganda machine in the world. The Nazis plotted to kill the city's Jews and to sabotage the nation's military installations: Plans existed for murdering twenty-four prominent Hollywood figures, such as Al Jolson, Charlie Chaplin, and Louis B. Mayer; for driving through Boyle Heights and machine-gunning as many Jews as possible; and for blowing up defense installations and seizing munitions from National Guard armories along the Pacific Coast.

U.S. law enforcement agencies were not paying close attention--preferring to monitor Reds rather than Nazis--and only attorney Leon Lewis and his daring ring of spies stood in the way. From 1933 until the end of World War II, Lewis, the man Nazis would come to call “the most dangerous Jew in Los Angeles,” ran a spy operation comprised of military veterans and their wives who infiltrated every Nazi and fascist group in Los Angeles. Often rising to leadership positions, they uncovered and foiled the Nazi's disturbing plans for death and destruction.

Featuring a large cast of Nazis, undercover agents, and colorful supporting players, the Los Angeles Times­ bestselling Hitler in Los Angeles, by acclaimed historian Steven J. Ross, tells the story of Lewis's daring spy network in a time when hate groups had moved from the margins to the mainstream.

About the Author

Steven J. Ross is professor of history at the University of Southern California and director of the Casden Institute for the Study of the Jewish Role in American Life. He is the author of Hollywood Left and Right, recipient of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences ' Film Scholars Award and nominated for a Pulitzer; Working-Class Hollywood, nominated for a Pulitzer and the National Book Award; Movies and American Society; and Workers on the Edge. Steven lives in Southern California.

Industry Reviews

"A terrifying, revelatory and inspiring masterpiece that probes the flourishing fascism of 1930s America, and the power of popular resistance to combat an alliance of Nazism, the Ku Klux Klan and other homegrown paramilitary groups."
Jury for Pulitzer Prize in History

"A remarkable tale, one that pits a secretive, chess-playing Jewish spymaster--attorney Leon Lewis—and a group of courageous German-American war veterans that he recruited as his spies against a cast of villains straight out of a classic Warner Bros. film . . . Mr. Ross has a novelist's eye for characters and detail."
Wall Street Journal

"Hitler in Los Angeles . . . is part thriller and all chiller, about how close the California Reich came to succeeding."
Los Angeles Times

Smithsonian Magazine

ISBN: 9781620405635
ISBN-10: 1620405636
Audience: BAU
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 432
Published: 1st April 2019
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.8 x 14.1  x 3.1
Weight (kg): 0.43

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