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Author: Steven J. Ross Narrator: Peter Berkrot Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2017 ISBN: 9781538511824
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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 hanging twenty prominent Hollywood figures such as Al Jolson, Charlie Chaplin, and Samuel Goldwyn; 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.

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

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

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A chilling tale of the Nazi plot to destroy America; the small spy network who helped defeat it; and the official indifference to the threat.”

    Glenn Frankel, Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist and author of High Noon

  • “A truly brilliant history by a superbly talented historian…A damn fine read, a true-life thriller that’s a powerful reminder of how hate, if left to fester, can destroy us all.”

    Alex Kershaw, New York Times bestselling author

  • “A shocking story of Nazi efforts to infiltrate America…Ross puts his experience in film history to good use…A vivid history of homegrown resistance.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “This story has every bit the drama of Roth’s The Plot against America or Dick’s The Man in the High Castle, except it actually happened!”

    David N. Myers, president of the Center for Jewish History

  • “A true-life thriller about an episode that has been almost completely ignored.”

    Neal Gabler, author of Walt Disney

  • “This little-known chapter of 1930s history—captured by Steven J. Ross with impeccable research and an intriguing narrative—needs to be told.”

    Ted Johnson, senior editor, Variety

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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 several books, including Movies and American Society; Hollywood Left and Right, a recipient of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Film Scholars Award; and Working-Class Hollywood, which was nominated for the National Book Award and a Pulitzer Prize.

About the Narrator

Peter Berkrot, winner of Audie and Earphones Awards for narration, is a stage, screen, and television actor and acting coach. He has narrated over three hundred works that span a range of genres, including fiction, nonfiction, thriller, and children’s titles. His audiobook credits include works of Alan Glynn, Eric Van Lustbader, Nora Roberts and Dean Koontz. In film and television, he appeared in Caddyshack, America’s Most Wanted, and Unsolved Mysteries. He performs in regional and New York theaters and directs the New Voices acting school.