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. govt confronted many tough judgements, together with what to do with the 3rd Reich's clinical minds. those have been the brains at the back of the Nazis' once-indomitable conflict computing device. So begun Operation Paperclip, a decades-long, covert venture to deliver 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 used to be convicted of mass homicide and slavery. They have been additionally at once liable for significant advances in rocketry, scientific remedies, and the U.S. house application. was once Operation Paperclip an ethical outrage, or did it support the US win the chilly War?
Drawing on particular interviews with dozens of Paperclip relations, 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 rating members), documents received during the Freedom of knowledge Act, and dossiers found in executive records and at Harvard collage, Annie Jacobsen follows greater than a dozen German scientists via their postwar lives and right into a startling, complicated, nefarious, and jealously guarded executive mystery of the 20th century.
In this definitive, arguable examine one in all America's so much strategic, and aggravating, govt courses, Jacobsen exhibits simply how darkish govt can get within the identify of nationwide protection.