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The tango war : the struggle for the hearts, minds, and riches of Latin America during World War II / Mary Jo McConahay.

McConahay, Mary Jo, (author.).

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Summary:

"Beginning in the thirties, both sides were well aware of the need to control not just the hearts and minds but also the resources of Latin America. The fight was often dirty: residents were captured to exchange for U.S. prisoners of war and rival spy networks shadowed each other across the continent. At all times it was a Tango War, in which each side closely shadowed the other's steps. Though the Allies triumphed, at the war's inception it looked like the Axis would win. A flow of raw materials in the Southern Hemisphere, at a high cost in lives, was key to ensuring Allied victory, as were military bases supporting the North African campaign, the Battle of the Atlantic and the invasion of Sicily, and fending off attacks on the Panama Canal. Allies secured loyalty through espionage and diplomacy--including help from Hollywood and Mickey Mouse--while Jews and innocents among ethnic groups --Japanese, Germans--paid an unconscionable price. Mexican pilots flew in the Philippines and twenty-five thousand Brazilians breached the Gothic Line in Italy. [This book] also describes the machinations behind the greatest mass flight of criminals of the century, fascists with blood on their hands who escaped to the Americas." --Provided by publisher.
Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Circulation Modifier Age Hold Protection Active/Create Date Status Due Date
Baker County Library 940.538 .M478t 2018 (Text) 37814003332286 NON-FICTION - NEW Book System_Only_3months 02/22/2021 Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 9781250091239
  • ISBN: 1250091233
  • Physical Description: xiv, 320 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York, NY : St. Martin's Press, 2018.

Content descriptions

Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 291-310) and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
The fight for Southern skies -- Black gold, oil to fuel the war -- White gold, the rubber soldiers -- "Where they could not enter" : Jewish lives -- Nazis and not Nazis, in the land of the white butterfly -- In Inca country, capturing "Japanese" -- Inmates, a family affair -- Seduction -- Spies, masters of spies -- Operation Bolivar, German espionage in South America -- The battle of the Atlantic : southern seas -- Smoking cobras -- Ratlines -- Connections, the Cold War.
Summary, etc.:
"Beginning in the thirties, both sides were well aware of the need to control not just the hearts and minds but also the resources of Latin America. The fight was often dirty: residents were captured to exchange for U.S. prisoners of war and rival spy networks shadowed each other across the continent. At all times it was a Tango War, in which each side closely shadowed the other's steps. Though the Allies triumphed, at the war's inception it looked like the Axis would win. A flow of raw materials in the Southern Hemisphere, at a high cost in lives, was key to ensuring Allied victory, as were military bases supporting the North African campaign, the Battle of the Atlantic and the invasion of Sicily, and fending off attacks on the Panama Canal. Allies secured loyalty through espionage and diplomacy--including help from Hollywood and Mickey Mouse--while Jews and innocents among ethnic groups --Japanese, Germans--paid an unconscionable price. Mexican pilots flew in the Philippines and twenty-five thousand Brazilians breached the Gothic Line in Italy. [This book] also describes the machinations behind the greatest mass flight of criminals of the century, fascists with blood on their hands who escaped to the Americas." --Provided by publisher.
Subject: World War, 1939-1945 > Latin America.
Latin America > History > 1898-1948.
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