In the highlyanticipated new book from the bestselling author of Judgment of Paris,George M. Taber reveals the integral role gold played in World War II, from itsinfluence on the Nazi war machine to the ultimate triumph by the Allies and thefall of Berlin.
For the entire history of human civilization, gold hasenraptured people around the globe. The Nazis were no less enthralled by it andfelt gold was the solution to funding Hitler’s war machine. Gold was also onthe mind of FDR across the Atlantic, as he worked with Europe’s other leadersto bring the United States and the rest of the world out of a severedepression. FDR was hardly the first head of state to turn to gold in difficulttimes. Throughout history, it has been the refuge of both nations and people introuble, working at times when nothing else does. Desperate people can buy aloaf of bread or bribe a border guard. Gold can get desperate nations oil tokeep tanks running or munitions to fight a war. If the price is right, there isalways someone somewhere willing to buy or sell gold. And it was to become theNazi’s most important medium of exchange during the war.
Chasing Gold is the story of how the Nazis attemptedto grab Europe’s gold to finance history’s bloodiest war. It is filled withhigh drama and close escapes, laying bare the palate of human emotions. Walkingthrough the tale are giants of world history, as well as ordinary people calledupon to undertake heroic action in an extraordinary time.