By Annie Jacobsen
The explosive tale of America's mystery post-WWII technology courses, from the writer of the recent York instances bestseller quarter 51
In the chaos following international struggle II, the U.S. executive confronted many tough judgements, together with what to do with the 3rd Reich's medical minds. those have been the brains at the back of the Nazis' once-indomitable conflict desktop. So started Operation Paperclip, a decades-long, covert undertaking to convey Hitler's scientists and their households to the United States.
Many of those males have been accused of conflict crimes, and others had stood trial at Nuremberg; one was once convicted of mass homicide and slavery. They have been additionally at once answerable for significant advances in rocketry, clinical remedies, and the U.S. area software. was once Operation Paperclip an ethical outrage, or did it aid the United States win the chilly War?
Drawing on specific interviews with dozens of Paperclip kinfolk, colleagues, and interrogators, and with entry to German archival records (including formerly unseen papers made on hand via direct descendants of the 3rd Reich's score members), records acquired throughout the Freedom of knowledge Act, and dossiers stumbled on in govt information and at Harvard college, Annie Jacobsen follows greater than a dozen German scientists via their postwar lives and right into a startling, advanced, nefarious, and jealously guarded executive mystery of the 20th century.
In this definitive, arguable examine one in every of America's such a lot strategic, and aggravating, govt courses, Jacobsen exhibits simply how darkish govt can get within the identify of nationwide security.**