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The author discusses many individuals that people with knowledge of World War II will easily recognize, i. I’m kinda anxious to start one of her other books.

Dec 01, Jamie rated it really liked it Shelves: Nevertheless, it’s well-worth the effort. To contact the Central Intelligence Agency click here. Jan 22, Sachin N rated it annle liked it.

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‘Operation Paperclip’ by Annie Jacobsen

Walter Schreiber as described by Jacobsen is emblematic of the American governments experience with former Nazi scientists after the war. Germany knows it is going to lose Tabun Germany could have won the war. Sold and delivered operagion Audible, an Amazon company. The most in depth investigation of the top secret American program to bring former Nazi Party, Waffen SS, Wehrmacht and Luftwaffe officers, and other specialized medical, engineering and scientific luminaries to the United States after the end of WWII.

Get to Know Us. When Rickhey was arrested he was acquitted in the Dora-Nordhausen trial as the judges were military and the future of the American missile program took precedence. That side of the story is not covered in this book. Chemists and biologists who had concocted a witches brew of Nerve agents and bacterial weapons were also key assets for the military.

O;eration Schreiber, who was accused of being involved in medical war crimes and whose past operatlon outed in part by a Globe reporter.

Operation Paperclip

By October, there were German scientists in US military custody. So began Macobsen Paperclip, a decades-long, covert project to bring Hitler’s scientists and their families to the United States. Please check our site mapsearch feature, or our site navigation on the left to locate the information you seek.


It’s an pretty unbelievable story that really puts into context a number of our questionable Cold War activities. I think the answer is yes. Nevertheless, the book is a compelling work with interesting historical and personal revelations, for opedation Most of the documents from which the author culls her facts were not released until recently and some still have not been released to ensure that the identity of these war crimes’ authors of the Nazis brought to this country are likely to be dead when those documents finally see the light of day.

This raises a number of moral questions, the most important of which is when does a government draw the line in working with individuals who are guilty of directly or indirectly causing the death of tens of thousands of concentration camp victims, slave laborers, or innocent civilians.

I think what is best for us going forward is to take this as a lesson in history and learn from it, and try our best to correct what is contingent in the future, and not whatever is immutable in the past. May 27, Johnny T rated it it was amazing.

His house was surrounded by machine paaperclip and the family had 24 hours to get their stuff together. We recovered thousands of documents and couldn’t replicate the science, so we had to paperclio the Nazi perpetrators to develop our space program. I believe that everyone who even has a passing interest for history, should read this book.

Jacobsen does an excellent job describing certain Nazi scientists and why their particular specialty was so important to the United States. I believe one of them developed the ear thermometer. This part of the history of rocket science was of particular interest to me as someone who was brought to the USA as a baby because of Operation Paperclip.

The Paperclpi is particularly interested in information about imminent or planned terrorist attacks. A very dark story about how any crime can be overlooked for reasons of state. Other German scientist worked in the area of aeronautical medicine, research into diabetes, neurological disease and also developing equipment.

Operation Paperclip | Annie Jacobsen

Anyway, I thoroughly enjoyed the book and recommend it to my friends who enjoy spy yarns with no discernible good guys. Not all Americans that Jacobsen integrates into the narrative were guilty of facilitating Operation Paperclip. The book certainly speaks of what went on in Operation Paperclip with distaste, but that’s honestly mostly because of the level of deception and underhandedness the program underwent.


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We know the benefit of the work by the rocket scientist in developing the Saturn rocket.

Review of “Operation Paperclip’’ Annie Jacobsen – The Boston Globe

One of the most interesting parts was just how much Cold War paranoia and fear drove us to abandon our ideals. Finally, I finished this just one month shy of a year from when I started it! Businessmen who implemented the manufacture and distribution of Nazi armaments as well as the ovens and gas pipelines that resulted in the death of Jews, Gypsies, and others who were declared enemies of the Aryan goals of Adolph Hitler, nanie also favored with government protection and brought to the U.

There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Operation Paperclip covers truly interesting subject matter–how some Nazi scientists, including at least one convicted war criminal, later worked for, and even emigrated to, the U.

Walter Schreiber, and Dr. As for the book itself, it is well written and presumably well researched. The Americans were not only racing against the Russians, who were doing the same thing, but also against the British and French.

Unfortunately, Jacobsen’s account of these events is misguided and often frustrating. It was a really fascinating, paerclip horrifying look at a part of America’s history I didn’t know much about.

If you ever thought the US Space program was created and developed under innocent themes, you may want to read this book.

It is clear where Jacobsen sits on this, and I would agree with her, but rather than explore these questions in detail she lets the details speak for themselves.

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