The Most Dangerous German Agent in America: The Many Lives by M. B. B. Biskupski

By M. B. B. Biskupski

On the morning of April 27, 1935, Louis N. Hammerling fell to his loss of life from the 19th ground of an residence in big apple urban, the place he lived on my own. Hammerling was once essentially the most influential Polish immigrants in turn-of-the-century the US and the prime voice and recommend of the japanese Europeans who had come to the rustic looking a greater existence. He was once additionally a pathological liar, a criminal, a swindler, a ruthless entrepreneur, and a patriot—of which state he might by no means decide.

In the U.S., Hammerling rose from the poverty of his adolescence to the heights of wealth and tool. He was once a timberman and mule driving force within the Pennsylvania coal mines, an indentured employee within the Hawaiian sugar fields, one of many significant behind-the-scenes powers within the United Mine staff, an worker of the Hearst newspaper chain, an influential determine within the Republican occasion, the landlord of an advertisements service provider that made him a millionaire, a correspondent of Theodore Roosevelt and William Howard Taft, and a senator of the Polish Republic. A Jew whose conversion to Catholicism didn't shield him from anti-Semitism, Hammerling was once monitored through country and federal organizations and was once, within the phrases of his pursuers, “the most threatening German agent in America.”

M. B. B. Biskupski consulted greater than 40 files in 4 nations, utilizing trial testimony, intelligence reviews, and blackmail correspondence to reconstruct Hammerling’s tale. The lifetime of this mysterious guy bargains a window in which to work out greater subject matters: exertions and immigration politics in overdue 19th- and early twentieth-century the United States, espionage in the course of international warfare I, the delivery of recent Polish politics, and the tragic fight of a terrible immigrant striving for achievement in the USA. students and basic readers alike may be attracted to this interesting book.

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