The Baltimore Sabotage Cell: German Agents, American Traitors, and The U-Boat Deutschland During World War I
Dwight R. Messimer. Annapolis, MD: Naval Institute Press, 2015. 280 pp. Appendix. Notes. Biblio. Index. Illus. $35.95.
Reviewed by John Abbatiello
After reading the first few chapters of Dwight Messimer’s The Baltimore Sabotage Cell, this reviewer was not sure if it was a spy novel or a work of history. Superbly researched with extensive explanations of context, the book is certainly an important addition to World War I historical scholarship. A former history professor at California State University–San Jose and an Army veteran, Messimer is one of the world’s leading experts on World War I U-boat operations. His lengthy list of publications includes The Merchant U-Boat: Adventures of the Deutschland (1988), Find and Destroy: Anti-Submarine Warfare in World War I (2001), and Verschollen: World War I U-Boat Losses (2002), all of which were published by the Naval Institute Press.