Operation Paperclip - Annie Jacobsen

Operation Paperclip

By Annie Jacobsen

  • Release Date: 2014-02-11
  • Genre: Science & Nature
Score: 4
From 119 Ratings


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.


  • Fascinating Story

    By tookieman14
    Although the morality behind the actions taken by all of the governments involved is questionable, the preparation and logistics of initiating this process was fascinating. The stories are so incredible it reads like a science fiction novel, however, it is truly chilling that which was stopped by the end of the war and that which which continued after the war.
  • Operation Paperclip

    By rtfont
    This book really opened my eyes along with destroying some of my idols. It is a very easy read and the author manages to bring the history to life for me. If you are a rocket and space fan, this will possibly disturb you. Learning that the major players of NASA were Nazis. Hard core Nazis that were brought over by our country to work for us. This e-book also is loaded with footnotes. When you click on one, it will take you to it. I loved it. I love reading footnotes. Once finished, all you have to do is click the “Go Back to Page ??” and it takes you to wherever you were reading. You never loose your place. I get the low star ratings unless they didn’t read the book. I saw this book on Glenn Beck on evening and decided to give it chance. It was well worth my time and money.