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Description - The Fourth Horseman by Robert Koenig

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 bio-warfare 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.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781586483722
ISBN-10: 1586483722
Format: Hardback
(236mm x 156mm x mm)
Pages: 376
Imprint: PublicAffairs,U.S.
Publish Date: 9-Jan-2007
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Robert Koenig

Robert L Koenig is an award-winning journalist and science writer. He has written about Germany for more than two decades, and his article about Nazi-era research abuses helped convince Germany's leading scientific institutions to offer their first formal apologies to Holocaust survivors in 2001. He has reported from two dozen countries for several major publications including The Wall Street Journal Europe, Time Magazine and the International Herald Tribune.