Operation Paperclip: The Secret Intelligence Program That Brought Nazi Scientists to America

Operation Paperclip: The Secret Intelligence Program That Brought Nazi Scientists to America

Annie Jacobsen

The explosive tale of America's mystery post-WWII technology courses, from the writer of the hot York occasions bestseller quarter 51

In the chaos following global conflict II, the U.S. executive confronted many tough judgements, together with what to do with the 3rd Reich's clinical minds. those have been the brains at the back of the Nazis' once-indomitable struggle computing device. So begun Operation Paperclip, a decades-long, covert venture to deliver Hitler's scientists and their households to the United States.

Many of those males have been accused of warfare crimes, and others had stood trial at Nuremberg; one was once convicted of mass homicide and slavery. They have been additionally without delay liable for significant advances in rocketry, clinical remedies, and the U.S. house application. used to be Operation Paperclip an ethical outrage, or did it support the US win the chilly War?

Drawing on specific interviews with dozens of Paperclip kinfolk, colleagues, and interrogators, and with entry to German archival files (including formerly unseen papers made on hand through direct descendants of the 3rd Reich's rating members), documents acquired in the course of the Freedom of knowledge Act, and dossiers came upon in govt data and at Harvard college, Annie Jacobsen follows greater than a dozen German scientists via their postwar lives and right into a startling, complicated, nefarious, and jealously guarded executive mystery of the 20 th century.

In this definitive, debatable examine one among America's so much strategic, and tense, executive courses, Jacobsen exhibits simply how darkish executive can get within the identify of nationwide security.**


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