Narrated By: Robertson Dean
Duration: 16 hours and 6 minutes
What to expect
In the highly anticipated new book from the bestselling author of Judgment of Paris, George M. Taber reveals the integral role gold played in World War II, from its influence on the Nazi war machine to the ultimate triumph by the Allies and the fall of Berlin.
For the entire history of human civilization, gold has enraptured people around the globe. The Nazis were no less enthralled by it and felt gold was the solution to funding Hitler's war machine. Gold was also on the mind of FDR across the Atlantic, as he worked with Europe's other leaders to bring the United States and the rest of the world out of a severe depression. FDR was hardly the first head of state to turn to gold in difficult times. Throughout history, it has been the refuge of both nations and people in trouble, working at times when nothing else does. Desperate people can buy a loaf of bread or bribe a border guard. Gold can get desperate nations oil to keep tanks running or munitions to fight a war. If the price is right, there is always someone somewhere willing to buy or sell gold. And it was to become the Nazi's most important medium of exchange during the war.
Chasing Gold is the story of how the Nazis attempted to grab Europe's gold to finance history's bloodiest war. It is filled with high drama and close escapes, laying bare the palate of human emotions. Walking through the tale are giants of world history, as well as ordinary people called upon to undertake heroic action in an extraordinary time.
Second World War, European history, History of the Americas, The Holocaust
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“A vivid, robust story.”
“A sprightly and definitive account.”
“Former Time magazine staffer Taber reveals one of WWII’s darkest secrets in this compulsively readable, real-life thriller of how the Nazis funded their war machine…Those with an interest in war crimes will relish Taber’s masterful reportage and the unearthing of these wartime treasures.”
“If a crazed ideology motivated the Nazis in their drive for European hegemony, gold was the instrument that Hitler needed to make his dreams a reality. Independent scholar Taber provides a detailed account of the German economists—some committed Nazis and others merely technocrats—who helped Hitler obtain the reserves he needed…Relates the account of World War II from the perspective of gold, something that will attract a variety of readers.”
“An absorbing examination of an important and rarely covered episode in WWII.”
“As former Time editor and reporter Taber shows in this crisp, well-documented history, lust for gold was integral to Hitler’s military ambitions…A chilling tale vividly told.”