Operation Paperclip

Operation Paperclip

The Secret Intelligence Program That Brought Nazi Scientists to America

Audiobook CD - 2014
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The explosive story of America's secret post-WWII science programs, from the author of the New York Times bestseller Area 51

In the chaos following World War II, the U.S. government faced many difficult decisions, including what to do with the Third Reich's scientific minds. These were the brains behind the Nazis' once-indomitable war machine. So began Operation Paperclip, a decades-long, covert project to bring Hitler's scientists and their families to the United States.
Many of these men were accused of war crimes, and others had stood trial at Nuremberg; one was convicted of mass murder and slavery. They were also directly responsible for major advances in rocketry, medical treatments, and the U.S. space program. Was Operation Paperclip a moral outrage, or did it help America win the Cold War?
Drawing on exclusive interviews with dozens of Paperclip family members, colleagues, and interrogators, and with access to German archival documents (including previously unseen papers made available by direct descendants of the Third Reich's ranking members), files obtained through the Freedom of Information Act, and dossiers discovered in government archives and at Harvard University, Annie Jacobsen follows more than a dozen German scientists through their postwar lives and into a startling, complex, nefarious, and jealously guarded government secret of the twentieth century.
In this definitive, controversial look at one of America's most strategic, and disturbing, government programs, Jacobsen shows just how dark government can get in the name of national security.
Publisher: New York : Hachette Audio, p2014.
Edition: Unabridged.
ISBN: 9781619691537
Characteristics: 16 compact discs (ca. 19.5 hrs.) :,digital ;,12 cm.

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abcDena
Oct 22, 2016

While Jacobsen's research is pretty thorough, she presents incorrect information on a couple of key events and players. However, this book is a feather in my history-reading cap...MKDELTA, MKULTRA, Project Bluebird and Artichoke...it's all fascinating if you're interested in US history and the nefarious activities of the alphabet agencies. WWII history buffs will love this, too.

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heartscent
Jan 16, 2015

An exceptional overview of a very dark topic. It is obvious from the moment you begin to read (or listen to) the book that Annie Jacobsen spent countless hours researching material for this work. She has opened my eyes on the subject and she has made it very clear that many of those involved in Operation Paperclip lied, misled and deceived to ensure that Nazi scientists worked on behalf of the US, Great Briton and Russia. The main focus of the book is on the US and their employment of Nazi scientists to further their military, medical and space research and development. The blatant disregard for past war crimes only serves to confirm that integrity and basic moral ethics had no place when it came to furthering US national interests. I highly recommend this book.

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