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The story of Anton Dilger brings to life a missing chapter in U.S. history and shows, dramatically, that the Great European War was in fact being fought on the home front years before we formally joined it. The doctor who grew anthrax and other bacteria in that rented house was an American--the son of a Medal of Honor winner who fought at Gettysburg--on a secret mission, for the German Army in 1915. "The Fourth Horseman" tells the startling story of that mission led by a brilliant but conflicted surgeon who became one of Germany's most daring spies and saboteurs during World War I and who not only pioneered biowarfare in his native land but also lead a last-ditch German effort to goad Mexico into invading the United States. It is a story of mysterious missions, divided loyalties, and a new and terrible kind of warfare that emerged as America--in spite of fierce dissention at home--was making the decision to send its Doughboys to the Great War in Europe.
This story has never been told before in full. And Dilger is a fascinating analog for our own troubled times. Having thrown off the tethers of obligation to family and country, he became a very dangerous man indeed: A spy, a saboteur, and a zealot to a degree that may have so embarrassed the German High Command that, after the war, they ordered his death rather than admit that he worked for them.
Title: The Fourth Horseman: One Man's Secret Campaign to Fight the Great War in America
Categories: History Military/War,
Publisher: Public Affairs: 2006-11
ISBN Number: 1586483722
ISBN Number 13: 9781586483722
Book Condition: Very Good
Jacket Condition: Very Good
Item: 21.00 Item
Seller ID: 002056
Description: Very Good Condition: Unmarked. Tight binding. Minor visible cover wear and outer soil. Hardcover book with dustjacket copy of The Fourth Horseman: One Man's Secret Campaign to Fight the Great War in America by Robert Koenig. The threat to America from germ sabotage began in 1915 in the basement of a modest cottage six miles from the White House. New York: Public Affairs (Perseus Book Group), 2006. xiii, 349 pages. 6.5 x 9.5 inches, 25 cm. Shipping weight 2 pounds: Additional shipping fee may be requested on international order. Free shipping on domestic orders $25 and over!