Operation Paperclip: The Secret Intelligence Program to Bring Nazi Scientists to America

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Little, Brown, Sep 24, 2013 - History - 544 pages
The explosive, dark secrets behind America's post-WWII science programs from the author of the New York Times bestseller Area 51.

In the chaos following WWII, some of the greatest spoils of Germany's resources were the Third Reich's scientific minds. The U.S. government secretly decided that the value of these former Nazis' knowledge outweighed their crimes and began a covert operation code-named Paperclip to allow them to work in the U.S. without the public's full knowledge. Drawing on exclusive interviews with dozens of Paperclip family members, colleagues, and interrogators, and with access to German archival documents (including papers made available to her by direct descendants of the Third Reich's ranking members), files obtained through the Freedom of Information Act, and lost dossiers discovered at the National Archives and Harvard University, Annie Jacobsen follows more than a dozen German scientists through their postwar lives and into one of the most complex, nefarious, and jealously guarded government secrets of the 20th century.

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[Operation Paperclip] is a disturbing book. When the Third Reich collapsed, and even before the remnants of the German government surrendered, American agents were hustling hither and yon in Germany ... Read full review

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Dense and repetitive. While fascinating in theory, it didn't much catch my attention. It *did* infuriate me (the history it was sharing) and I feel it's a history worth sharing and remembering, it just...could have been more eloquent. Read full review

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About the author (2013)

Annie Jacobsen was a contributing editor at the Los Angeles Times Magazine and is the author of the New York Times bestseller AREA 51. A graduate of Princeton University, she lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two sons.

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