In Time of War: Hitler’s Terrorist Attack on America

By Pierce O’Donnell
Introduction by Anthony Lewis
Read by Raymond Todd

14.37 Hours 01/01/2006 unabridged
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It’s a true story that reads like gripping fiction: in 1942, eight German terrorists landed by submarine on American shores on a sabotage mission devised by Hitler. When one of them, a hapless US citizen, betrayed the mission to the FBI, Roosevelt appointed a special military tribunal to authorize the death penalty omitting proper legal procedure. Army Colonel Kenneth Royall, a respected lawyer charged with defending the saboteurs, courageously fought the lost cause for the saboteurs’ Constitutional rights. More than sixty years later, George W. Bush, in the wake of 9/11, cited Roosevelt’s act as a precedent for indefinitely imprisoning US citizens and suspected “enemy combatants” without charge. O'Donnell illustrates the parallels between then and now, offering a cautionary tale of the danger of unchecked executive power in a time of crisis.

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It’s a true story that reads like gripping fiction: in 1942, eight German terrorists landed by submarine on American shores on a sabotage mission devised by Hitler. When one of them, a hapless US citizen, betrayed the mission to the FBI, Roosevelt appointed a special military tribunal to authorize the death penalty omitting proper legal procedure. Army Colonel Kenneth Royall, a respected lawyer charged with defending the saboteurs, courageously fought the lost cause for the saboteurs’ Constitutional rights.

More than sixty years later, George W. Bush, in the wake of 9/11, cited Roosevelt’s act as a precedent for indefinitely imprisoning US citizens and suspected “enemy combatants” without charge. O'Donnell illustrates the parallels between then and now, offering a cautionary tale of the danger of unchecked executive power in a time of crisis.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“O’Donnell is a master storyteller who vividly brings to life the trying times of World War II and a nation gripped by fear.” Johnnie Cochran
“A passionate defense of the Bill of Rights.” Publishers Weekly
“A passionate defense of the Bill of Rights mixed with a story as entertaining as a political thriller. Raymond Todd’s narration is an excellent complement to the material.” AudioFile
“This book addresses an important and emotional national issue, and if we cannot even debate it, then the Constitution is dead. Strongly recommended.” Library Journal
“Reads like a spy novel, only it’s all true.” David Cole, author of the American Book Award–winning Enemy Aliens
“A chillingly true story of foreign terrorists who reached American soil almost sixty years before 9/11.” Barry Richard, counsel for President George W. Bush in Bush v. Gore
“I highly recommen Pierce O’Donnell’s timely book. It is a compelling and prophetic message which deserves the careful attention of every American.” Rev. Robert F. Drinan, SJ, professor of law, Georgetown University
“A masterful account of how the government and those we rely on to preserve our liberties can fail in moments of crisis…This is history that speaks to us today.” Arthur R. Miller, Bruce Bromley Professor of Law, Harvard University
“O’Donnell is a great storytell [who] reminds us that if we wage war without regard to the values that define society, the terrorists will have won already.” US Army Colonel H.R. McMaster, author of Dereliction of Duty

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Author Bio: Pierce O’Donnell

Pierce O’Donnell has been named one of the 100 Most Influential Lawyers in America by the National Law Journal and is coauthor of the bestseller Fatal Subtraction. A former US Supreme Court law clerk, he lives in Montecito, California.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, Library CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/History
Runtime: 14.37
Audience: Adult
Language: English