We wanted to let you know that this week
we shipped the books to all the backers who contributed 50 USD or more to the
Kickstarter-Devil's Agent campaign. The book ended up having 624
pages and dozens of photos and documents. Additional orders can be made through Xlibris
or for bulk orders through Peter’s sister Lisa Polgar who is helping with the
shipping while he is in working Egypt. (he is fine despite the serious
political unrest taking place there).
The e-book version should be available
this month by our publisher Xlibris. As soon as it we will provide the download
information to our other backers. There are 10 of our backers who have
not given us their mailing address so please send it as soon as possible to firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com. We can either provide a hard cover copy or
e-book. The hard and soft cover versions of the book are available at
Xlibris, Amazon and Barnes and Noble.
We would also very much appreciate your
support in promoting the book, writing reviews that can be posted on the web
site of the book, Amazon, etc.The web
site will be up and running next week.
Fadrique is working on the Spanish version
of the book which we hope to have out in the following weeks.
We very much appreciate the support given
by family, friends and people we did not know who believed in the project and
made the realization of this book possible.We are also grateful to Kickstarter for providing the platform for launching
Following is the press release about the
book that we are sending to media outlets and journalists. Please feel free to
share this with friends in the media or anybody who is interested in the
subject or ordering a book.
wishes, Peter and Fadrique
122337 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Kickstarter Campaign Funds Startling
Portrait of Nazi and U.S. Spy Klaus Barbie
New book brings to light the life and crimes of the Nazi officer who
continued to operate as a public figure even after the World War II.
Va. – (Release Date TBD) – A campaign supported by the crowd sourcing platform
Kickstarter financed the edition of The
Devil’s Agent: Life, Times and Crimes of Nazi Klaus Barbie.It is indicative of the innovative ways books
and other creative media are being financed and made available to the public
through crowd funding.
The Devil’s Agent, a new book by Peter McFarren and Fadrique Iglesias,
reveals a startling inner and outer portrait of this horrific political figure
using previously unpublished letters written from Barbie’s cell in Lyon,
France, documents released since the removal of the Berlin Wall confirming his
work as a U.S. and West German spy and over a hundred photographs of his
family, business associates and Nazi friends.
the 1940s, Klaus Barbie
was a mid-level Nazi officer
who tortured and murdered his victims with sadistic pleasure. The unrepentant
war criminal was the most important Nazi to continue operating as a public
figure even after World War II.
The Devil’s Agent details Barbie’s family history, the role he played
as a Gestapo officer in German-occupied France, his responsibility for the
murders of more than 14,000 Jews and French Resistance fighters during the
Holocaust, his work as a spy for U.S. military intelligence from 1947 to 1951,
his flight from Europe after the war (facilitated by the U.S. Government, the
Vatican and the International Red Cross) and his settlement in Bolivia,
with his wife, Regine, and two children. It describes McFarren’s encounters
with Klaus Barbie in 1981, when he and his colleague Maribel Schumacher were
arrested in front of the Nazi’s Bolivian home for attempting to interview him for
a New York Times story.
came to symbolize greed, inhumanity, hatred, abuse of power and collective and
personal evil during the half century he operated in Europe and Latin
America.His most sadistic and monstrous
acts were committed during World War II, but it was in Bolivia that Barbie
established a reputation as a cunning, ruthless and violent operative who acted
without scruples or a moral compass. He trafficked in tanks and weapons and
supported the hunt for the Argentine-Cuban guerrilla leader “Che” Guevara.He collaborated with cocaine trafficking
kingpin Roberto Suárez Gómez, authoritarian right-wing military governments and
a network of former Nazis, paramilitaries and mercenaries from Europe and South
America to overthrow a Bolivian civilian government in 1980 – while
enjoying the political protection of every dictator he served.
more deeply into the complex persona of Nazi officer Barbie, how he embodies
personal and collective evil, and the twisted underworld he helped build than
any previous account, The Devil’s Agent
is both an eye-opening study and a brutal reminder of the horrors of the Holocaust
and the criminal mindset behind it that continues to plague the world today.
For more information on this book,
interested parties may log on to www.Xlibris.com.
About the Authors
Peter McFarren is a Bolivian-American journalist, photographer,
filmmaker, and social entrepreneur who has written about Klaus Barbie since
1980 and worked on several documentaries and many books about him. He currently
lives in Cairo, Egypt.
Fadrique Iglesias is a Bolivian columnist and writer specializing in
cultural and arts management. He currently works as an expert on international
development and culture in Washington, DC, and lives in Virginia, USA.
The Devil's Agent * by Peter McFarren
and Fadrique Iglesias
Life, Times and Crimes of Nazi Klaus
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