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Operation Paperclip: The CIA's Secret Program to Bring Nazi Scientists to America Hardcover – 1 Jan 1960


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  • Hardcover: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown US (1 Jan 1960)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 031622104X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316221047
  • Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 5.1 x 24.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 26,400 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The explosive, dark secrets behind America's post-WWII science programs from the author of the New York Times bestseller AREA 51.

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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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Denis Vukosav TOP 50 REVIEWER on 25 Feb 2014
Format: Hardcover
`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.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Globe-trotter on 14 April 2014
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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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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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