Peter Moreira is the founder of startup news site www.entrevestor.com. He is the author of Backwater: Nova Scotia's Economic Decline; Hemingway on the China Front; and The Jew Who Defeated Hitler. His novel, The Haight, will be published this year.
Bassler is a meticulous historian and he does nothing to gloss over the problems that occurred at the 17 companies that were founded by German industrialists. They created fewer jobs than expected, eventually went bust, and the government was left holding the bag for loans extended to their owners.