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on March 19, 2017
A fascinating and very well researched book about the very difficult decisions some of our men in the military had to do. My great respect goes to them. Annie Jacobsen has done a marvelous job. I used to live in White Sand Proving Grounds and met some of this people.
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on April 9, 2016
The author researched her subject matter very well and as they say the facts are irrefutable of interest is that by creating the Military Industrial Complex left America with very few options but to pursue a good old war every few years as the very economy depends on it and this Complex was fueled in part by bum reports from Gehlen as well as the Scientist themselves that needed the protection. Sad as it may be and as callous as it sounds is that anyone who has enough to offer a victor will in most cases end off living and actually prospering.
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on July 4, 2015
One of my gov't students did a research paper on this event and was even able to interview one of the German scientists (from a father-son team that worked together for the U.S. in Huntsville, Alabama. Her paper was very interesting, so I bought the book and it (obviously) goes into such greater detail. It is fascinating the in-depth coverage and historical picture presented to the reader. Very excellent read for the serious student or teacher of this period of history.
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on May 14, 2014
My pursuit of the truths that get suppressed by political and corporate power attracted my attention to this amazing book by Annie Jacobsen. The sordid details of Operation Paperclip should serve as a reminder to Americans of how deviously the better interests of the country can be subverted by a paranoid military and opportunistic corporate entities. We should not assume that the operations of the NSA and the CIA are any more transparent than they were following WW II. Disturbingly, there never seems to be any accountability for these abuses of the law.
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on May 29, 2014
The book is very well written. I have also just finished reading Monuments Men and they cover roughly the same period of chaos in the final throes of the European side of World War II. The very disturbing takeaway I have from this book is it shows that the expediency of power began to overwhelm good judgement in our actions selecting the German scientists who would help our defense industry the most. This is also part of what Eisenhower warned against with his comments on the Military-Industrial complex. Our "ends justify the means" ethos in business and government began in earnest at the tail end of World War II.
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on March 17, 2014
This book gives us a quick "close up" of one of the most controversial chapters of US history and political expediency in the final days of the II World War, history marked by little o no regard for truth and other moral values especially justice for known war criminals. While strong criticism has been voiced against excesses of the Third Reich, the "rewriting" of history by the US Government to ensure and facilitate the "pragmatic" use of German scientists and technology at the end of the II World War is a sad commentary or reflection on the "ideals" the US proclaims publicly and disregards in "real policy" activities.
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on March 18, 2014
If I had not seen the author interviewed on The Blaze I would have never read such a dreary sounding book, but it was enthralling.
I couldn't wait for the next chapter to find out what awful scientist we were going to bring to the U.S. next! You can't ignore, of course,
the good that several of them did here, but mostly you are in awe of how our government hid the facts from us. This book is not only an eye-opener on our history, but it is a brilliant warning that HISTORY REPEATS ITSELF. It may not be evil scientists this next time,
but it will be something eerily similar. An amazing read!
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on June 28, 2017
i'm from huntsville, and this book is real informative......
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on April 2, 2017
Excellent book on the clandestine Operation Paperclip which brought thousands of German doctors, scientists and engineers to the USA, many of which were ardent Nazis. Very long researched and documented. Highly recommend this book if you are interested in military history, WW2, Nazi science and the beginning of the Cold War.
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on May 26, 2016
Fascinating insight into how the German scientists were brought to the USA, with access to data and reports
which were classified and off limits until ~2013. Many of the names of the German officers were surprisingly familiar
to me. Very worth reading.
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