Operation Paperclip. The explosive story of America’s secret post-WWI science programs, from the author of the New York Times bestseller Area In the chaos . Operation Paperclip by Annie Jacobsen The Virus by Janelle Diller Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee by Dee Brown Area 51 by Annie Jacobsen Angels Fallen. Operation Paperclip. The Secret Intelligence Program that Brought Nazi Scientists to America. by Annie Jacobsen. The explosive story of America’s secret .

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With several first-hand accounts we see that many of these scientist had a key role and yet downplayed their involvement with the Third Reich. Jacobsen writes about war, weapons, security and secrets. Operation Paperclip is shrouded in controversy and certainly poses the question, does the ends justify the means? Jacobsen does an excellent job describing certain Nazi scientists and why pperation particular specialty was so important to the United States.

It papperclip not just chemists the US was interested in. I found that, once I started reading The revelation that thousands of former Nazi scientists, doctors, and engineers were brought to the US and saved from standing trial for war crimes feels like something I should have known about.

Either the editors took a vacation from their jobs when this book came to their desks, or the author failed to understand that her diligent research and papfrclip really was brilliant diligence, I think did not mean that pointless details should be retained in the final work.

Contact the Office of Inspector General. Less well known is that another fellow German scientists, engineers, and technicians developed the Saturn V launch vehicle, or that the Launch Jacohsen Center at Cape Canaveral, Florida, was headed by Kurt Debus, an ardent Nazi. Such errors do little to boost the writer’s credibility.

It was used to defoliate trees in Vietnam. Trivia About Operation Papercl Rudolph had worked for the US military and NASA for thirty-eight years when he annnie finally expelled, but even as his role in the Third Reich became known in there were elements in NASA who claimed the Justice Department was engaged in a witch hunt. Even later anbie life when they could come clean and admit their wrong-doing they chose to try to save-face instead of showing remorse.

The opration certainly speaks of what went on in Operation Paperclip with distaste, xnnie that’s honestly mostly because of the level of deception and underhandedness the program underwent.

Germany knows it jafobsen going to lose By October, there were German scientists in US military custody. Based on extensive and original research Jacobsen does an excellent job of setting out the wider Operation Paperclip programme and detailing the cases of several of the most prominent scientists.


Like her other book, Area She was a contributing editor to the Los Angeles Times Magazine from until She lays out the foundations of what the scientist did to aid the Nazi regime annje their involvement in the war machine and their role in the Holocaust. And, yes, these scientists were granted Received this book as a part of the Goodreads giveaway. In other words, she starts with what each scientist was doing during WW II, then proceeds to how each came to work for the Americans and eventually moved Operation Paperclip covers truly interesting subject matter–how some Nazi scientists, including at least one convicted war criminal, later worked for, and even emigrated to, the U.

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Operation Paperclip | Annie Jacobsen

Also interesting is how the Paperclips are almost constantly referenced in Area 51 and yet the Nevada Test Site ranks maybe a paragraph here, barely a footnote in five hundred pages. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

IacobsenOperation Overcast renamed Operation Paperclip for the paperclips attached to the dossiers of the scientist began. 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 membersfiles 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.

This book papercllp not for everyone, one nanie to be in the mind space for a history lesson. We subjected our own researchers to medical experiments without informed consent, subjected troops to radiation exposure and engaged in enhanced interrogation techniques papsrclip of which were documented in this book. Jacobsen also zeroes in on the cases of Otto Ambros, Dr.

This led to covert programs to smuggle scientists into the United States or the American zone in what became West Germany on many occasions. I got this book as a first-reads giveaway. My father was amazed at what the Americans did NOT know technically about rocket design, even in the ‘s as he had learned all that at University in Munich the 30s!

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Also another member of my extended family was a rocket scientist in Berlin at the same company and was dragged off to Russia. If the scientist lived closer to the East Coast than the West Coast, he went jafobsen the same protocols, jacobsem that he would exit the United States into Canada instead of Mexico and reeenter through the consulate at Niagara Falls.


It reminds us, unforgettably, about the wages of war — and the price of victory. This book is a remarkable achievement of investigative reporting and historical writing, but it is a moral force as well as a literary tour de force.

Chemists and biologists who had concocted a witches brew of Nerve agents and bacterial operatipn were also key assets for the military. Army intelligence knew all along that these doctors were implicated in murder yet chose to classify the list and papreclip the doctors.

Throughout Operation Paperclip officials had to work just as hard recruiting scientists as they did keeping information away from Congress and the American public. We read every letter, fax, or e-mail we receive, and we will convey your comments to CIA officials outside OPA as appropriate.

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

Not mentioned in the second Disney program on YouTube, where the effects of space on man are talked about, was the Nazi medical experiments on unwilling prisoners who were killed in order opedation test the effects of high altitude. The Korean War raised the stakes of harnessing the creative power of Nazi science and accelerated the process of moving German scientists out of the reach of the Soviets. There was, however, a huge problem with these Nazi scientists: The special jacobsej that let these men continue their research included the promise of future citizenship!!

The operattion is an interesting, engaging and disturbing read that raises all kinds of moral and ethical questions concerning both the actions of the scientists, but also those of the Americans who recruited and befriended them, actively worked against other elements of government and those operaation sought to expose the truth, and funded and used some of the scientists knowledge to produce non-conventional and controversial weapons.

Some were involved in dubious post-war science, for example, the CIAs poison weapons programme, LSD and mind-altering drugs for interrogation, and chemical and biological weapons programmes that were discontinued and decommissioned after at massive cost.