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Operation Paperclip


Title: Operation Paperclip, The Secret Intelligence Program That Brought Nazi Scientists To America by Annie Jacobsen

Category: Nonfiction, History, World War II, Post-War World II, Cold War, Science, Government

Review: From the start, I think this was a very interesting read. When we think about Germany and War World II, we typically think about Hitler and his generals. We don’t think about the men behind all the evil in the concentration camps or working to create the rockets. This book starts at the end of the war and tells us how Operation Paperclip began. It basically was a rouse to use the intelligence of many of the Nazi doctors and scientists and bring them back to the United States. They were in competition, because after the end of WW II, the Soviets basically cut off ties with us and became our enemies. What this book tells us about is how the program started and why it started. They found gas, rockets, etc… that they needed to bring back to the U.S. and they needed the Germans to help them. So even though the German doctors or scientists were Nazis they could get a free pass to a certain extent. There were challenges, as the book discusses, and the program does come to an end due to the fact that the information does end up becoming declassified. The book reveals information that I had not even known before about experiments on people during that time. Such as freezing experiments and saltwater experiments. It is an enlightening book. Even though some of the the German scientists and doctors did some good over here in the U.S. they still were Nazis. It still makes you ask, ‘was it worth a free pass?’ If you are interested in the War World II period, definitely take a look at this book.

Rating: *****


May Book Goals

Hello everyone,

Two days till the end of April and yes I am preparing for my new goals for May. This month I have read more fiction than I intended to. So far I have read:

  • Fiction: 4
  • Science: 1
  • History: 1

I am hoping to get one more fiction book in (yeah I know). I am reading The Shining by Stephen King. I am also reading The Art and Science of Culinary Preparation as a rehash on cooking for my new project. So what are my book goals for next month? Here they are:

  • Fiction: 1
  • History: 3
  • New Age: 1
  • Cooking: 1 (if at all possible)

I got a lot going on in May with my new blog project. So we’ll see how it goes. However, I think I can achieve my goals. 🙂 BTW, I hope you like the new look. I designed the logo on the right by myself. 🙂 Have a good one everyone!


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