By Annie Jacobsen
The explosive tale of America's mystery post-WWII technological know-how courses, from the writer of the recent York occasions bestseller zone 51
In the chaos following global battle 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 in the back of the Nazis' once-indomitable battle laptop. 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 warfare crimes, and others had stood trial at Nuremberg; one was once convicted of mass homicide and slavery. They have been additionally without delay liable for significant advances in rocketry, scientific remedies, and the U.S. area software. was once Operation Paperclip an ethical outrage, or did it aid the USA win the chilly War?
Drawing on particular interviews with dozens of Paperclip family, colleagues, and interrogators, and with entry to German archival files (including formerly unseen papers made to be had via direct descendants of the 3rd Reich's rating members), documents bought in the course of the Freedom of knowledge Act, and dossiers came upon in govt records 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 govt mystery of the 20th century.
In this definitive, arguable examine one among America's such a lot strategic, and worrying, executive courses, Jacobsen exhibits simply how darkish govt can get within the identify of nationwide security.**