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Operation Paperclip - The Secret Intelligence Program that Brought Nazi Scientists to America

Annie Jacobsen

The explosive story of America's secret post-WWII science programs, from the author of the New York Times bestseller Area 51 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 War? 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 twentieth century. 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.

The explosive story of America's secret post-WWII science programs, from the author of the New York Times bestseller Area 51 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 War? 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 twentieth century. 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.
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The explosive story of America's secret post-WWII science programs, from the author of the New York Times bestseller Area 51 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 War? 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 twentieth century. 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.

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English

Length:

19h 27m


Chapters

Introduction
Introduction

09:14


Part 1, Chapter 1
Part 1, Chapter 1

47:49


Part 1, Chapter 2
Part 1, Chapter 2

36:21


Part 1, Chapter 3
Part 1, Chapter 3

28:14


Part 1, Chapter 4
Part 1, Chapter 4

48:32


Part 1, Chapter 5
Part 1, Chapter 5

51:20


Part 2, Chapter 6
Part 2, Chapter 6

51:38


Part 2, Chapter 7
Part 2, Chapter 7

01:04:58


Part 2, Chapter 8
Part 2, Chapter 8

21:28


Part 2, Chapter 9
Part 2, Chapter 9

01:01:54


Part 2, Chapter 10
Part 2, Chapter 10

58:38


Part 3, Chapter 11
Part 3, Chapter 11

01:14:03


Part 3, Chapter 12
Part 3, Chapter 12

01:14:29


Part 3, Chapter 13
Part 3, Chapter 13

49:31


Part 3, Chapter 14
Part 3, Chapter 14

24:56


Part 4, Chapter 15
Part 4, Chapter 15

54:44


Part 4, Chapter 16
Part 4, Chapter 16

01:01:58


Part 4, Chapter 17
Part 4, Chapter 17

01:10:25


Part 4, Chapter 18
Part 4, Chapter 18

39:43


Part 4, Chapter 19
Part 4, Chapter 19

24:32


Part 5, Chapter 20
Part 5, Chapter 20

48:59


Part 5, Chapter 21
Part 5, Chapter 21

54:08


Part 5, Chapter 22
Part 5, Chapter 22

29:48


Part 5, Chapter 23
Part 5, Chapter 23

41:08


Part 5, Chapter 24
Part 5, Chapter 24

36:49


Part 5, Chapter 25
Part 5, Chapter 25

01:53