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Italian and Italian American Studies

The Office of Strategic Services and Italian Americans

The Untold History

Authors: LaGumina, Salvatore J.

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  • Provides the first book-length analysis of the formation of the Office of Strategic Services and the role played by Italians in the invasion of Italy
  • Includes first-person interviews with key players 
  • Utilizes government documents and oral histories with current scholarship
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This book explores the contributions of Italian Americans employed by the Office of Strategic Services (OSS) during World War II. Italian Americans fluent in Italian language and customs became integral parts of intelligence operations working behind enemy lines. These units obtained priceless military information that significantly helped defeat the Axis. They parachuted into frozen mountains tops to link up with Italian guerilla units in northern Italy or hovered in small patrol torpedo boats and row boats across the Mediterranean Sea in pitch black darkness to destroy railroad junctions.


About the authors

Salvatore J. LaGumina is Professor Emeritus and Director of the Center for Italian American Studies at Nassau Community College, USA. He has been president of the American Italian Historical Association, has written dozens of scholarly articles and is the author, editor and co-editor of twenty books on the Italian American experience. He has received many honors including the Pietro DiDonato/ John Fante Literary Award.

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“Salvatore LaGumina’s accessible study gives a cogent account of the up-to-now overlooked Italian Americans’ contribution to the behind-the-lines operations of the U.S. intelligence in Italy during World War II. This book not only offers further evidence of Italian Americans’ loyalty to the United States at wartime. It also casts new light on the military campaign in Italy, stressing the importance of the U.S.-assisted partisan warfare in engaging the German troops, and points to the successful efforts of the OSS to save the country’s art treasures and to spread American democratic values among the anti-Fascist forces.” (Stefano Luconi, University of Naples L'Orientale, Italy)

“The OSS was key to U.S. victory in WWII and embryo of today’s CIA. As this fascinating book reveals, a generation of anti-fascist Italian-Americans played a leading role every step of the way despite the hostility of OSS blue bloods.” (Jefferson Morley, Author, Our Man in Mexico: Winston Scott and the Hidden History of the CIA)

“Professor Lagumina adds to the portrait of Italian Americans a view of which few people are aware. While Americans viewed a number of Italian immigrants as dangerous aliens, those secretly working in the OSS willingly put their lives on the line carrying out infiltration and raids behind enemy lines in Italy. Their efforts helped the Allied cause immensely. This is a timely and fascinating read which will enhance the value of immigrants in general, and, Italian Americans, in particular.“ (Luciano Iorizzo, Professor Emeritus of History, State University of New York at Oswego, USA)

Table of contents (11 chapters)

Table of contents (11 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Office of Strategic Services and Italian Americans
Book Subtitle
The Untold History
Authors
Series Title
Italian and Italian American Studies
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer International Publishing AG, part of Springer Nature
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-33334-2
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-33334-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-33333-5
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-81487-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VI, 188
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