Mary Jo McConahay, The Tango War

Monday, September 24, 2018 - 7:00pm
Mary Jo McConahay The Tango War

Bookshop welcomes award-winning reporter, Mary Jo McConahay for a book discussion and signing of The Tango War. A true, shocking account that reads like a thriller, The Tango War shows in a new way how WWII was truly a global war.

The Tango War by Mary Jo McConahay fills an important gap in WWII history. Beginning in the thirties, both sides were well aware of the need to control not just the hearts and minds but also the resources of Latin America. The fight was often dirty: residents were captured to exchange for U.S. prisoners of war and rival spy networks shadowed each other across the continent. At all times it was a Tango War, in which each side closely shadowed the other's steps.

Though the Allies triumphed, at the war's inception it looked like the Axis would win. A flow of raw materials in the Southern Hemisphere, at a high cost in lives, was key to ensuring Allied victory, as were military bases supporting the North African campaign, the Battle of the Atlantic and the invasion of Sicily, and fending off attacks on the Panama Canal. Allies secured loyalty through espionage and diplomacy--including help from Hollywood and Mickey Mouse--while Jews and innocents among ethnic groups --Japanese, Germans--paid an unconscionable price. Mexican pilots flew in the Philippines and twenty-five thousand Brazilians breached the Gothic Line in Italy. The Tango War also describes the machinations behind the greatest mass flight of criminals of the century, fascists with blood on their hands who escaped to the Americas.

Born in Chicago, MARY JO MCCONAHAY is an award-winning reporter who covered the wars in Central America and economics in the Middle East. She has traveled in seventy countries and has been fascinated by the history of World War II since childhood, when she listened to the stories of her father, a veteran U.S. Navy officer. A graduate of the University of California in Berkeley, she covers Latin America as an independent journalist. Her previous books include Maya Roads and Ricochet. She lives in San Francisco.

This free event will take place at Bookshop Santa Cruz. Chairs for open seating are usually set up about an hour before the event begins.

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The Tango War: The Struggle for the Hearts, Minds and Riches of Latin America During World War II Cover Image
$29.99
ISBN: 9781250091239
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: St. Martin's Press - September 18th, 2018

$29.99
SKU: S781250091239

If you cannot join us for the event, you can still get a copy of The Tango War signed by Mary Jo McConahay at our event. Books must be paid for in advance and can either be shipped or held for pick-up in the store. Internet orders must be placed by September 22nd. After that, please call the store to inquire about signed editions.

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