Operation Paperclip by Annie Jacobsen audiobook

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

By Annie Jacobsen
Read by Annie Jacobsen

Little, Brown & Company 9780316221047
19.43 Hours Unabridged
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The explosive, dark secrets behind America’s post–World War II science programs from the author of the New York Times bestseller Area 51 In the chaos following World War II, some of the greatest spoils of Germany’s resources were the Third Reich’s scientific minds. The US government secretly decided that the value of these former Nazis’ knowledge outweighed their crimes and began a covert operation code-named Paperclip to allow them to work in the United States without the public’s full knowledge. Drawing on exclusive interviews with dozens of Paperclip family members, colleagues, and interrogators and with access to German archival documents (including papers made available to her by direct descendants of the Third Reich’s ranking members), files obtained through the Freedom of Information Act, and lost dossiers discovered at the National Archives and Harvard University, Annie Jacobsen follows more than a dozen German scientists through their postwar lives and into one of the most complex, nefarious, and jealously guarded government secrets of the twentieth century.

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A New York Times bestseller

A Publishers Weekly Pick of the Week, February 2014

A New York Times Editor’s Choice

The explosive, dark secrets behind America’s post–World War II science programs from the author of the New York Times bestseller Area 51

In the chaos following World War II, some of the greatest spoils of Germany’s resources were the Third Reich’s scientific minds. The US government secretly decided that the value of these former Nazis’ knowledge outweighed their crimes and began a covert operation code-named Paperclip to allow them to work in the United States without the public’s full knowledge. Drawing on exclusive interviews with dozens of Paperclip family members, colleagues, and interrogators and with access to German archival documents (including papers made available to her by direct descendants of the Third Reich’s ranking members), files obtained through the Freedom of Information Act, and lost dossiers discovered at the National Archives and Harvard University, Annie Jacobsen follows more than a dozen German scientists through their postwar lives and into one of the most complex, nefarious, and jealously guarded government secrets of the twentieth century.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

Jacobsen uses newly released documents, court transcripts, and family-held archives to give the fullest accounting yet of this endeavor. The New York Post
Doggedly researched. Parade
[A] gripping, always disquieting story of a nation forced to trade principle for power.... Jacobsen gives us many vivid moments.... OPERATION PAPERCLIP takes its place in the annals of Cold War literature, one more proof that moral purity and great power can seldom coexist. Chris Tucker, The Dallas Morning News
Throughout, the author delivers harrowing passages of immorality, duplicity and deception, as well as some decency and lots of high drama. How Dr. Strangelove came to America and thrived, told in graphic detail. Kirkus Reviews
Annie Jacobsen's Operation Paperclip is a superb investigation, showing how the U.S. government recruited the Nazis' best scientists to work for Uncle Sam on a stunning scale. Sobering and brilliantly researched. Alex Kershaw, author of The Liberator
A compelling work with interesting historical and personal revelations. Jay Watkins, CIA's Intelligence in Public Literature
Important, superbly written.... Jacobsen's book allows us to explore these questions with the ultimate tool: hard evidence. She confronts us with the full extent of Paperclip's deal with the devil, and it's difficult to look away. Matt Damsker, USA Today (4 stars)
[A] gripping, always disquieting story of a nation forced to trade principle for power.... Jacobsen gives us many vivid moments.... OPERATION PAPERCLIP takes its place in the annals of Cold War literature, one more proof that moral purity and great power can seldom coexist. Chris Tucker, The Dallas Morning News
A compelling work with interesting historical and personal revelations. Jay Watkins, CIA's Intelligence in Public Literature
Darkly picaresque.... Jacobsen persuasively argues that the mindset of the former Nazi scientists who ended up working for the American government may have exacerbated Cold War paranoia. New Yorker
The most in depth account yet of the lives of Paperclip recruits and their American counterparts.... Jacobsen deftly untangles the myriad German and American agencies and personnel involved...more gripping and skillfully rendered are the stories of American and British officials who scoured defeated Germany for Nazi scientists and their research. New York Times Book Review
With Annie Jacobsen's OPERATION PAPERCLIP for the first time the enormity of the effort has been laid bare. The result is a book that is at once chilling and riveting, and one that raises substantial and difficult questions about national honor and security...This book is a remarkable achievement of investigative reporting and historical writing. Boston Globe
An engrossing and deeply disturbing exposé that poses ultimate questions of means versus ends. Booklist (starred)
Darkly picaresque.... Jacobsen persuasively argues that the mindset of the former Nazi scientists who ended up working for the American government may have exacerbated Cold War paranoia. New Yorker
One of iBooks' Top Ten Nonfiction Books of the Year
One of The Boston Globe's Best Books of 2014
“The most in-depth account yet of the lives of Paperclip recruits and their American counterparts…Jacobsen deftly untangles the myriad German and American agencies and personnel involved...More gripping and skillfully rendered are the stories of American and British officials who scoured defeated Germany for Nazi scientists and their research.” New York Times Book Review
With Annie Jacobsen's OPERATION PAPERCLIP for the first time the enormity of the effort has been laid bare. The result is a book that is at once chilling and riveting, and one that raises substantial and difficult questions about national honor and security...This book is a remarkable achievement of investigative reporting and historical writing. Boston Globe
Important, superbly written.... Jacobsen's book allows us to explore these questions with the ultimate tool: hard evidence. She confronts us with the full extent of Paperclip's deal with the devil, and it's difficult to look away. Matt Damsker, USA Today (4 stars)
Chilling, compelling, and comprehensive accounting.... Jacobsen's impressive book plumbs the dark depths of this postwar recruiting and shows the historical truths behind the space race and postwar US dominance. Highly recommended for readers in World War II history, espionage, government cover-ups, or the Cold War. Library Journal (starred)
The most in depth account yet of the lives of Paperclip recruits and their American counterparts.... Jacobsen deftly untangles the myriad German and American agencies and personnel involved...more gripping and skillfully rendered are the stories of American and British officials who scoured defeated Germany for Nazi scientists and their research. New York Times Book Review
As comprehensive as it is critical, this latest expose from Jacobsen is perhaps her most important work to date.... Jacobsen persuasively shows that it in fact happened and aptly frames the dilemma.... Rife with hypocrisy, lies, and deceit, Jacobsen's story explores a conveniently overlooked bit of history. Publishers Weekly (starred)
“As comprehensive as it is critical, this latest expose from Jacobsen is perhaps her most important work to date…Jacobsen persuasively shows that it in fact happened and aptly frames the dilemma…Rife with hypocrisy, lies, and deceit, Jacobsen’s story explores a conveniently overlooked bit of history.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“An engrossing and deeply disturbing exposé that poses ultimate questions of means versus ends.” Booklist (starred review)
“At the climax of World War II in Europe, the US government searched for the intellectual bounty of the Third Reich even as the Allied services were hunting Nazi war criminals…Built upon archival records, court transcripts, declassified documents, and interviews, Jacobsen’s impressive book plumbs the dark depths of this postwar recruiting and shows the historical truths behind the space race and postwar US dominance.” Library Journal (starred review)
“The story of how perpetrators of World War II were treated as spoils of war, brought to light with new information in this diligent report…Throughout, the author delivers harrowing passages of immorality, duplicity, and deception, as well as some decency and lots of high drama. How Dr. Strangelove came to America and thrived, told in graphic detail.” Kirkus Reviews

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Author Bio: Annie Jacobsen

Author Bio: Annie Jacobsen

Annie Jacobsen is the author of the New York Times bestsellers Area 51 and Operation Paperclip and the Pulitzer Prize finalist The Pentagon’s Brain. She is a graduate of Princeton University and a former contributing editor at the Los Angeles Times Magazine.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Fiction/War & Military
Runtime: 19.43
Audience: Adult
Language: English