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Secret Agenda: The United States Government, Nazi Scientists, and Project Paperclip, 1945 to 1990 [Hardcover]

Linda Hunt
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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: St Martins Pr (April 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312055102
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312055103
  • Product Dimensions: 21.1 x 14.2 x 3.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 973,671 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best piece of investigative journalism ever. 9 Aug 2013
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I came across this book quite by accident. I was researching something else at the time. I do not normally pay much money for books, and I rarely buy anything to do with World War Two, but I felt this was a must and worth every penny or dollar. I managed to buy a second hand copy that had been discarded from a library. This book is incredibly detailed with copious notes and references enabling the reader to search for additional information. It is a shocking catalogue of iniquity. I spoke with an American friend of mine recently who said that she would much rather America had benefitted from the Nazi scientific technology than the Soviets. I take the point, but surely the likes of Von Braun and others should have been made to atone in some way for their wickedness and not have their identities sanitized and then be feted and adored for all their help in the Apollo missions. This book also raises concerns about some government departments not just in America but in Britain as well and questions still need answering. In some ways the work that has gone into this book is more important and significant historically than the exposing of Watergate. Sadly Linda Hunt will not receive the same acclaim as those who exposed Watergate, but is a must read for anyone in MI5 or the CIA or the scientific community worldwide.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent resource! 26 Jun 2004
By Kathleen A. Sullivan - Published on
Having read many books and articles about the U.S. government's secret recruitment of Nazi scientists and war criminals, I can state - without hesitation - that Linda Hunt's "Secret Agenda" is unusually accurate, painstakingly objective, and well documented. Although her revelations about the creation of NASA by Nazi recruits and documented war criminals may be painful for some individuals who are devoted to, and highly supportive, of our federally funded space agency; the information contained in Secret Agenda should nevertheless be made widely known. Only by learning the truth about the secretive sins of our government's employees and leaders, can we - as citizens - work to ensure that such sins are not repeated in the future.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Every Veteren Should Read This 18 Jan 2005
By M. Atkins - Published on
I am a patriot and have gone to war for my country. I would do it again all the while thanking God for the good people that work so diligently, as Linda Hunt has, to keep our government honest and out in the open. This is an intriguing book and there is much evidence that things of this nature are still taking place.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Important historical information 30 Sep 2010
By A. Marciniszyn - Published on
Unless other books are examined, it would not be possible for the average reader to assess this book from a historical context. It would also be helpful to look at German language books about this subject. Although the author rightly points out atrocities committed by some in the German rocket program, it is difficult, in some cases, to know all of the details. Even after all this time, what might be called "fair and balanced" accounts might be difficult for some to believe.

Putting the author's own bias aside, the book chronicles a project led by men in the US Intelligence and aviation communities with purely practical goals in mind. The fact that it continued after its official closure shows how critical these former Nazis were to the United States. As a side note, I should mention that the Russians got their share of rocket scientists as well. Many people are unaware of how many worked in Peenemunde during the war.

In 1950, a two volume set of books was published titled German Aviation Medicine under the auspices of the U.S. Air Force. It should be pointed out that a title like, Aviation Medicine would have been descriptive enough. Its authors were some of the same Germans that worked for NASA.

The author also covers the effect of former Nazi technicians arriving in Argentina and other South American countries to continue their work there. The following chapter paints a disturbing picture of Paperclip scientists being involved in experiments in the United States with dangerous and mind altering substances. She also reveals that Austrian scientists were being recruited.

The book closes with chapters devoted to ferreting out information about any criminal wrongdoing by members of the rocket team during the war and the implication that America was too influenced by Nazi ideas and thinking. This is a very dubious claim. The British stated at the end of the war that the V-1 and V-2 were necessary for their very survival. Indeed, this technology was not just about getting to the moon but was the genesis of ICBMs and current cruise missiles. There was no time wasted between the Americans and Russians; everyone grabbed whatever they could, nailed down or not. And everyone raced to arm for the next possible conflict.

Though the author condemns those in charge of bringing Nazis to the United States in violation of the law and moral norms, the fact of the matter was that the Russians still had their armies in Eastern Europe and fears of an early conflict were quite real. The Russians had added captured German jet fighters and bombers to their inventory. They also had captured V-1s and V-2s. Estimates regarding the development of the first Russian atomic bomb were being drawn up.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Found her information extremely important and well researched 5 star 28 Mar 2014
By Jerome Bortman - Published on
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I already submitted my review today, If not received I can redo. Have used her references to research a German scientist who was a Department Head at a Navy lab who had Nazi-related documents proudly displayed in his office until I saw them and complained. Many of his scientific cohorts are cited in this groundbreaking book, and many have been prosecuted for their Nazi activities.
5.0 out of 5 stars Disgusting. If we pay taxes 8 Oct 2014
By Seeker - Published on
Have just started reading this. This book and other research I have done proves again: the United States Government is NOT truthful, and it lies whenever it wants to conceal or whitewash the real truth. To wit: the Roswell Incident, UFO's, 911, JFK's assassination, and other issues. Disgusting. If we pay taxes, we should be able to access the truth freely and without obstruction. The US Government and its many secret agencies need to be brought to task. The CIA especially should be heeled.
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