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The Most Dangerous German Agent in America
The Many Lives of Louis N. Hammerling
M. B. B. Biskupski
Oskar Halecki Prize, Polish American Historical Association
“Hammerling is one of those elusive figures that floats ghostlike behind the scenes of major events. One of the reasons this book is valuable is that it links the fields of labor, politics, immigration, ethnic identity, and international affairs in US history, as well as Polish history and the intelligence operations of the various major powers engaged in World War I.” —James S. Pula, Purdue University
“Readers will have an exhilarating time with M. B. B. Biskupski’s vivid biography of Louis N. Hammerling. A leading expert of Polish and Polish-American history, Biskupski located shreds of evidence in seventy-four archival collections in America, Great Britain, Poland, Canada, and Austria to painstakingly tell the story of the most significant Polish-immigrant voice at the turn of the twentieth century.” —The Register of the Kentucky Historical Society
On the morning of April 27, 1935, Louis N. Hammerling fell to his death from the nineteenth floor of an apartment in New York City, where he lived alone. Hammerling was one of the most influential Polish immigrants in turn-of-the-century America and the leading voice and advocate of the Eastern Europeans who had come to the country seeking a better life. He was also a pathological liar, a crook, a swindler, a ruthless entrepreneur, and a patriot—of which nation he could never decide.
Feb 2015 200 pp., 5.5x8.5
M. B. B. Biskupski is professor of history, the Stanislaus A. Blejwas Endowed Chair in Polish and Polish American Studies, and coordinator of the Polish Studies Program at Central Connecticut State University. His most recent publication is Independence Day: Myth, Symbol, and the Creation of Modern Poland.
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