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The explosive story of America''s secret post-WWII science
programs, from the author of the New York Times bestseller
In the chaos following World War II, the U.S. government faced many
difficult decisions, including what to do with the Third Reich''s
scientific minds. These were the brains behind the Nazis''
once-indomitable war machine. So began Operation Paperclip, a
decades-long, covert project to bring Hitler''s scientists and
their families to the United States.
Many of these men were accused of war crimes, and others had stood
trial at Nuremberg; one was convicted of mass murder and slavery.
They were also directly responsible for major advances in rocketry,
medical treatments, and the U.S. space program. Was Operation
Paperclip a moral outrage, or did it help America win the Cold
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
members), files 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
In this definitive, controversial look at one of America''s most
strategic, and disturbing, government programs, Jacobsen shows just
how dark government can get in the name of national security.