ALL HONORABLE MEN by James Stewart Martin

ALL HONORABLE MEN

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KIRKUS REVIEW

A record of two and a half years in Germany as chief of the Economic Warfare Section of the Department of Justice in charge of decartelization -- a task that ended with failure and a reversal of the policies and directives he had sought to establish and carry to a finish. It is a grim and disturbing picture, and the reader arrives at much the same conclusion, that there are forces here which can make Germany again a threat, forces that operate much as the economic powers did in Germany to strengthen the Nazis, and that they are operating here on the basis of ""business necessity"" -- ""not criminals, but honorable men"".... Throughout his years in Germany, Mr. Martin pursued a difficult and absorbing task, accumulating evidence indicating the vast international network steming out from German industry and embracing all industrial nations; the ramifications of the schemes for reinstatement in case of defeat through camouflage in Switzerland, in Holland, in Sweden, in Luxembourg, in Belgium -- and through key figures in the American economic empire. He reveals the details in the steel cartel, in international banking, in patents, in chemical developments, in synthetics. He shows the fascinating facets of investigating techniques, and the heartbreak of sabotage from conflicting agencies, the feuds between departments, the vacillation from Washington, the interference from American business- and the lack of carry-through, consistent support from General Clay, who seemed interested only in preserving appearances. A frightening book, which unfortunately will probably be bypassed by the people who should read it.

Pub Date: Sept. 18th, 1950
Publisher: Little, Brown