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on 25 February 2014
`Operation Paperclip' written by Annie Jacobsen tells a story about a controversial subject - the secret intelligence program responsible for transfer, providing asylum and forgiveness to the German scientists after World War II to US.

Annie Jacobsen work is well-researched and offers story rich in details that explain how this operation was carefully planned, though hidden from the public and conducted after the war conflicts were ended.

The author went through German archive and Harvard University documents, but also acquired numerous documents due to the Freedom of Information Act; Jacobsen additionally conducted numerous interviews with family members of those involved in this top-secret operation, their friends and colleagues and people who interrogated captured Germans. The result is in-depth post-war life presentation of ten major German scientists who replaced their work for the Third Reich with the work for one of the two conflicting forces of the Cold War.

Annie Jacobsen split her book into five chapters, each of them dealing with a particular period of time while this operation was in progress, that make her book so far the best work on this subject previously known, but never so well treated - an amazing and complex story about one of the biggest and some would say most shameful secrets and post WW II time.

At the beginning of the book, the author asks the interest question - ...all of the men profiled in this book are now dead. Enterprising achievers as they were, just as the majority of them won top military and science awards when they served the Third Reich, so it went that many of them won top US military and civilian awards serving the United States. One had a US government building named after him, and, as of 2013, two continue to have prestigious national sciences prizes given annually in their names. One invented the ear thermometer. Others helped man get to the Moon. How did this happen, and what does this mean now?"

And in this sense Annie Jacobsen book attempts to provide answers, occasionally entering the slippery field of politics, but primarily writing about this subject from an independent perspective, using distinctive journalistic style.

Therefore `Operation Paperclip' is a must-read for historians and people who like to read about WW II, a well-made work that besides providing lot of unknown and interesting information based on extensive research Annie Jacobsen did, is also saying much about the people and the time in which these events occurred.
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on 14 April 2014
The story of Operation Paperclip - the US's secret program to recruit Nazi scientists during and after the Second World War - is absolutely fascinating. This book chronicles the work of the Nazi scientists in chilling detail - how concentration camp inmates were tortured and experimented on, or used as slave labour - and relates the lengths the US military and intelligence services went to, to avoid the scientists falling into Soviet hands. Highly recommended.
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on 12 April 2014
What no reviewer seems to have pointed out is the apparent superiority of German universities such as those at Goettingen and Tuebingen, whose scientific graduates, while no more intelligent than their U.S. or British counterparts, were light-years ahead in military applications of physics and chemistry. No other country's scientists were capable of producing the V-2 rockets or -- Sputnik's German creators not excepted -- satellites. German exchange students in our high schools regularly report that they aren't being taught anything that they haven't already learned. John J. McCloy's view that it was preferable to employ even virulently anti-Semitic Nazi scientists in our military-industrial complex rather than allow the Soviets to reap the advantages of their contributions is arguably cogent.
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on 20 March 2016
Very much written for Americans, but interesting and shows what hypocrites countries can be, the enemy of my enemy becomes your friend, if that enemy happens to be a useful scientist, and crimes, who cares!
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on 14 May 2016
A winner of a book! Annie Jacobsen is an excellent writer.You will not be disappointed with this book,but you will be disappointed with the US Government and NASA!
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on 11 February 2016
A fab book, please read to know the plans and plots that dictate the world today.
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on 3 June 2016
Very well written and researched. Terrific.
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on 17 May 2014
An excellantly written and very interesting read. Full of historical fact about the Nazi scientists under Hitler and the USAs use them after the war. This history forms the story of opetation paper clip. If you have never read about the Nuermubergh the concentration camps and the men directly involved but are interested then this book will be an interesting read for you.
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on 3 April 2014
I listened to the audiobook version. It's read by the author and that's quite horrifying. She can't pronounce any German name (Werner von Brown - really?) and she struggles with some basic words ("...the anals of history" - yup, that's how she said it and no one in the studio corrected her).

I was interested to hear detail of Operation Paperclip, having already been familiar with the subject. This book concentrates heavily on the atrocities and bangs on about the morality of hiring German scientists. This gets pretty tiresome, pretty quickly. I just wanted to hear the detail of the operation - I'll decide the morality on my own, thanks.

It does cover most of the subject fairly well and there are some details that I hadn't known before. So in that respect, it's a decent book. The moral hectoring is endless and that's very off-putting. I can't recommend the audiobook version due to her poor reading and pronunciation.
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on 17 October 2014
Disappointing book. Most of which has been covered before in numerous books or on the internet. Needed a tight edit and reduced to perhaps 250 pages maximum. Author seemed dismayed that we actually didn't let the Soviets have them all instead. What a different world we would be living in if that had happened.
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