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Secret Agenda: The United States Government, Nazi Scientists, and Project Paperclip, 1945 to 1990 Hardcover – April 1, 1991


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  • Hardcover: 340 pages
  • Publisher: St Martin's Press - Thomas Dunne Books; 1st edition (April 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312055102
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312055103
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.6 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #212,529 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Here, Hunt, a former CNN investigative reporter, tells a shocking tale: how a branch of the US government deliberately thwarted attempts to bring to justice Nazi scientists who were guilty of war crimes, and who, in at least one case, actually participated in fresh atrocities in the US. While it is common knowledge that the US used Nazi scientists during the cold war, Hunt reveals for the first time that the project to recruit and utilize Nazi scientific talent- -code-named ``Paperclip''--continued until 1973. In addition, while former Nazi scientists (like Werner von Braun) contributed greatly to the development of rockets, jet planes, and other prodigies of technology, Hunt convincingly demonstrates that several such scientists also participated in ``Dachau-like experiments on over seven thousand U.S. soldiers'' on the effects of LSD and other chemicals at Edgewood, Maryland, between 1947 and 1966. Moreover, Hunt explains that the US avidly recruited many Nazi scientists, despite their war crimes--including utilization of slave labor and execution of prisoners--and despite the continuing devotion of many to Nazi ideology. Hunt also relates the sordid details of the intelligence community's attempts to prevent bringing these scientists to justice. And, in at least one case, she shows that the program was inimical to US interests--the man who conceived and ran Paperclip was ultimately convicted of selling American defense secrets to the Soviet Union. An engrossing examination of how a small clique of defense and intelligence officials deliberately subverted stated US policy. (Eight pages of b&w photographs.) -- Copyright ©1991, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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49 of 53 people found the following review helpful By Kathleen A. Sullivan on June 26, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Having read many books and articles about the U.S. government's secret recruitment of Nazi scientists and war criminals, I can state - without hesitation - that Linda Hunt's "Secret Agenda" is unusually accurate, painstakingly objective, and well documented. Although her revelations about the creation of NASA by Nazi recruits and documented war criminals may be painful for some individuals who are devoted to, and highly supportive, of our federally funded space agency; the information contained in Secret Agenda should nevertheless be made widely known. Only by learning the truth about the secretive sins of our government's employees and leaders, can we - as citizens - work to ensure that such sins are not repeated in the future.
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30 of 35 people found the following review helpful By M. Atkins on January 18, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I am a patriot and have gone to war for my country. I would do it again all the while thanking God for the good people that work so diligently, as Linda Hunt has, to keep our government honest and out in the open. This is an intriguing book and there is much evidence that things of this nature are still taking place.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A. Marciniszyn on September 29, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Unless other books are examined, it would not be possible for the average reader to assess this book from a historical context. It would also be helpful to look at German language books about this subject. Although the author rightly points out atrocities committed by some in the German rocket program, it is difficult, in some cases, to know all of the details. Even after all this time, what might be called "fair and balanced" accounts might be difficult for some to believe.

Putting the author's own bias aside, the book chronicles a project led by men in the US Intelligence and aviation communities with purely practical goals in mind. The fact that it continued after its official closure shows how critical these former Nazis were to the United States. As a side note, I should mention that the Russians got their share of rocket scientists as well. Many people are unaware of how many worked in Peenemunde during the war.

In 1950, a two volume set of books was published titled German Aviation Medicine under the auspices of the U.S. Air Force. It should be pointed out that a title like, Aviation Medicine would have been descriptive enough. Its authors were some of the same Germans that worked for NASA.

The author also covers the effect of former Nazi technicians arriving in Argentina and other South American countries to continue their work there. The following chapter paints a disturbing picture of Paperclip scientists being involved in experiments in the United States with dangerous and mind altering substances. She also reveals that Austrian scientists were being recruited.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jerome Bortman on March 27, 2014
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I already submitted my review today, If not received I can redo. Have used her references to research a German scientist who was a Department Head at a Navy lab who had Nazi-related documents proudly displayed in his office until I saw them and complained. Many of his scientific cohorts are cited in this groundbreaking book, and many have been prosecuted for their Nazi activities.
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