This was one of our first non-fiction books we've read and we've got to say...it was a great choice! We met this January for our first book club of 2018 to discuss this book that covers Nazis in America.
Special thanks to B Hive Member Crystal for hosting us in her home!
How does our book selection work you ask? Each book club, we have every attendee write down their suggestions! Once we've got a nice healthy list, we send it around and let everyone vote. The book with the most votes wins! We have been doing book club this way for quite some time (2 years to be exact!) - and it's always in person. We never put a poll online, or reach out to people not in attendance because if you have a book you've been dying to read - join us and add it to the list! This method encourages ladies to show up! And they sure show up! We've had book clubs with 20+ women in attendance!
We also allow the women who are in attendance at Book Club volunteer and chose the next date for our next Book Club! Although, we always do about 6 weeks out (girl we're busy and can't always read that fast!)! This gives everyone ample time to read, put it on their calendar and come up with a theme for Book Club if they want to! We've had some pretty fun book clubs!
If you're looking for an amazing group of women who love to read just as much as you do - and for a book club that is consistent - join us!
The Nazis Next Door: How America Became a Safe Haven for Hitler's Men by Eric Lichtblau
Synopsis via GoodReads:
The shocking story of how America became one of the world’s safest postwar havens for Nazis
Thousands of Nazis — from concentration camp guards to high-level officers in the Third Reich — came to the United States after World War II and quietly settled into new lives. They had little trouble getting in. With scant scrutiny, many gained entry on their own as self-styled war "refugees," their pasts easily disguised and their war crimes soon forgotten. But some had help and protection from the U.S. government. The CIA, the FBI, and the military all put Hitler's minions to work as spies, intelligence assets, and leading scientists and engineers, whitewashing their histories.
For the first time, once-secret government records and interviews tell the full story not only of the Nazi scientists brought to America, but of the German spies and con men who followed them and lived for decades as ordinary citizens. Only years after their arrival did private sleuths and government prosecutors begin trying to identify the hidden Nazis. But even then, American intelligence agencies secretly worked to protect a number of their prized spies from exposure. Today, a few Nazis still remain on our soil.
Investigative reporter Eric Lichtblau, relying on a trove of newly discovered documents and scores of interviews with participants in this little-known chapter of postwar history, tells the shocking and shameful story of how America became a safe haven for Hitler's men.