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From the inside dust jacket: "For almost forty years the facts behind the extraordinary true story of Nazi-American wartime business relations have been buried in government files. Now at last Charles Higham, drawing his account from thousands of documents just released under the Freedom of Information Act, has given us a full-scale picture of the American businessmen who d From the inside dust jacket: "For almost forty years the facts behind the extraordinary true story of Nazi-American wartime business relations have been buried in government files. Now at last Charles Higham, drawing his account from thousands of documents just released under the Freedom of Information Act, has given us a full-scale picture of the American businessmen who dealt with the Nazis right through World War II. Among those who traded on both sides of the war were certain executives of Standard Oil of New Jersey, the Chase Bank, the Texas Company, ITT, Ford, and Sterling Products. And helping them with their dealings were such government officials as a secretary of commerce, an assistant secretary of state, and ambassadors to France and Great Britain...."


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From the inside dust jacket: "For almost forty years the facts behind the extraordinary true story of Nazi-American wartime business relations have been buried in government files. Now at last Charles Higham, drawing his account from thousands of documents just released under the Freedom of Information Act, has given us a full-scale picture of the American businessmen who d From the inside dust jacket: "For almost forty years the facts behind the extraordinary true story of Nazi-American wartime business relations have been buried in government files. Now at last Charles Higham, drawing his account from thousands of documents just released under the Freedom of Information Act, has given us a full-scale picture of the American businessmen who dealt with the Nazis right through World War II. Among those who traded on both sides of the war were certain executives of Standard Oil of New Jersey, the Chase Bank, the Texas Company, ITT, Ford, and Sterling Products. And helping them with their dealings were such government officials as a secretary of commerce, an assistant secretary of state, and ambassadors to France and Great Britain...."

30 review for Trading with the Enemy: An Exposé of the Nazi-American Money Plot, 1933-1949

  1. 5 out of 5

    Nancy

    If you want to go really crazy read a book called Trading with the Enemy by Charles Higham. It will take your breath away. It's one of those books that sat on my shelf since the mid-80s for some reason. Every notable industry -- General Motors, Shell, Standard Oil, Ford, Chase, ITT, National City Bank, DuPont etc, etc., were all feathering their monetary nests and shipping vital arms and machinery of war to Nazi Germany while the Axis powers killed our soldiers and the US state department and R If you want to go really crazy read a book called Trading with the Enemy by Charles Higham. It will take your breath away. It's one of those books that sat on my shelf since the mid-80s for some reason. Every notable industry -- General Motors, Shell, Standard Oil, Ford, Chase, ITT, National City Bank, DuPont etc, etc., were all feathering their monetary nests and shipping vital arms and machinery of war to Nazi Germany while the Axis powers killed our soldiers and the US state department and Roosevelt turned a blind eye. Ball bearings, without which airplanes could not fly and tanks could not run, were sent to Germany in a round about way while the US military waited and fewer of our planes could fly for lack of them. There was a ball bearing company in Sweden that shipped their bearings to Germany. The Norwegians thought this was a bad idea and, one night, destroyed their factory. You can add them to the short list of who your friends are. Commodities were sent to Germany while Americans stood in line, counted their ration stamps and saved all material possible to help with the war effort. Money was funneled from many nations through Swiss banks. The Bank for International Settlements in Switzerland was supposedly to finance war-torn countries after the war. Money was also sent to Germany to finance the war during the war. Germany sent money to its account and then sent tons of jewelry and gold teeth. If you guessed that last came from the concentration camps, you would be right. There was very little done to make corrections in this banking and industrial world known as The Fraternity. It seems to me that if this kind of thing was happening in World War I and World War II, that it never quit. I wonder who we are funding and selling arms to today and how many of our soldiers died and still die from allied-made bullets shot and bombs detonated by enemy powers. The one thing that seems to be a mystery, at least to me, is that most of Higham books are biographies of movie stars. Only one other book, American Swastika, published in 1985, had a political theme.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Mark

    This book looks at the duplicity practiced by the Rockefellers and Henry Ford among other capitalists who helped put Hitler into power. The Rockefellers actually got a presidential order allowing Standard Oil of New Jersey to sell to the enemy. Read it and find out what other companies were involved and what they were selling to the enemy during WWII

  3. 5 out of 5

    Paula

    How can you be in bed with the enemy in the middle of wartime? According to this book very easily if you write the 'trading with the enemy act' into your constitution. Then you can supply them with all the materials they need to kill your allies and make a tidy profit doing so. I'm afraid not a lot has changed since then. War still equals profit for someone. Difficult to get hold of - I got my copy used from a used bookstore in Hawaii but hard to put down and it will make you very angry whilst y How can you be in bed with the enemy in the middle of wartime? According to this book very easily if you write the 'trading with the enemy act' into your constitution. Then you can supply them with all the materials they need to kill your allies and make a tidy profit doing so. I'm afraid not a lot has changed since then. War still equals profit for someone. Difficult to get hold of - I got my copy used from a used bookstore in Hawaii but hard to put down and it will make you very angry whilst you are reading it. But read it.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Rastislav

    "The tycoons were linked by an ideology: the ideology of Business as Usual. Bound by identical reactionary ideas, the members sought a common future in fascist domination, regardless of which world leader might further that ambition." Well, it seems the sacro-saint fight against communist or socialist ideas, coupled with the usual wish to do business and make money helped the rise of fascism and strengthened it. Many things appear in a different light, if you care to consider this "The tycoons were linked by an ideology: the ideology of Business as Usual. Bound by identical reactionary ideas, the members sought a common future in fascist domination, regardless of which world leader might further that ambition." Well, it seems the sacro-saint fight against communist or socialist ideas, coupled with the usual wish to do business and make money helped the rise of fascism and strengthened it. Many things appear in a different light, if you care to consider this

  5. 4 out of 5

    Mike Downs

    I read this for research on my current novel. Higham I feel had a point to make however I do think there was a much larger picture he chose to ignore.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Asails F

    For a few years much was published about American Corporate collusion with the Nazi government during World War 2. After reading about Coca Cola's entrenchment in Germany I look back with confusion to 1972 when many Jews I knew wore buttons that said "Coke not Pepsi." At the time Pepsi Cola was the first to gain market share in Russia. This was an important issue that disturbed many of my friends. At the time Russia had some strong antisemitic tendencies. It seems strange that U.S. Corporation a For a few years much was published about American Corporate collusion with the Nazi government during World War 2. After reading about Coca Cola's entrenchment in Germany I look back with confusion to 1972 when many Jews I knew wore buttons that said "Coke not Pepsi." At the time Pepsi Cola was the first to gain market share in Russia. This was an important issue that disturbed many of my friends. At the time Russia had some strong antisemitic tendencies. It seems strange that U.S. Corporation activities can be so opposed to US policy while at the same time can so strongly influence political outcomes. How can we the U.S. Citizens gain control of their government when the power is so influenced by Companies that can't even follow U.S. rules and laws?

  7. 4 out of 5

    Roger Booth

    Now that corporations have rights similar to humans, shouldn't we execute a few of them for treason? We should at least make them add little swastikas to their logos. Readers will be happy to learn that while millions were dying in World War II, Money Disneyland and its priesthood were not disturbed in the least bit. Now that corporations have rights similar to humans, shouldn't we execute a few of them for treason? We should at least make them add little swastikas to their logos. Readers will be happy to learn that while millions were dying in World War II, Money Disneyland and its priesthood were not disturbed in the least bit.

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    Martin Sloane

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