Operation Paperclip

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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: *****

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Hitler’s Henchmen

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Title: Hitler’s Henchmen by Guido Knopp

Category: Nonfiction, History, World War II, Hitler

Review: I loved this book, though it took me forever to get through it due to health issues. This book is basically an in depth look at six of Hitler’s most import deputies (or henchmen). Who are the six? Well I’m sure you are all going to know the most famous: Goebbels, Goring, Himmler, Hess, Speer, and Donitz. I think the last three though don’t get as much talk as the first though. This book definitely does a good job and there is an unequal section on any of them. Meaning that the author has paid very good attention to giving information to each man and relaying a fair amount in each section. I found this book to be very informative, like I have been saying, and have found things that I did not know before. I would recommend this for anyone who loves history and particularly World War II. If you don’t want to buy it, seek it out in your library. I was impressed.

Rating: *****

The Man Who Broke Into Auschwitz

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Title: The Man Who Broke Into Auschwitz by Denis Avey with Rob Broomby

Category: Nonfiction, History, World War II

Review: I loved this book and it was hard putting it down. This was an absolute eye-opening book and I think everyone should read it. This book is by a man named Denis Avey who was a British POW. The book is told through his eyes. It is as if he is there speaking to you directly. It starts in the years when he joins the army and goes to Africa to fight. It then goes on to tell how he ends up as a British POW in a German camp. He explains how and why he gets into the Auschwitz camp. He describes what he has to do to escape from the Germans and to get home. However, he doesn’t just stop at the war years. He also goes on to tell you about the pain of after the war. This is when the soldiers had PTSD and nobody knew about it. It is just such a revealing book about a soldier’s life and I really think that everyone should read it. It is well-written and once you turn the first page you will get sucked into the story.

Rating: *****