Crim, Brian E.

Our Germans : Project Paperclip and the national security state / Project Paperclip and the national security state Brian E. Crim. - Baltimore, Maryland : Johns Hopkins University Press, c2018. - xii, 245 pages : illustrations, portraits ; 24 centimetres.

Includes bibliographical references (pages [229]-238) and index.

Aristocracy of evil : the paperclippers and Nazi science -- Implements of progress : the military's case for Paperclip -- Conscientious objectors : the State Department and opposition to Project Paperclip -- Germans : German scientists, the Soviet Union, and the U.S. intelligence community -- Paperclip vindicated : German scientists and the maturation of the national security state -- Epilogue.

"Our Germans is a highly engaging history of one of the United States' most controversial intelligence operations during the early Cold War. Project Paperclip brought fifteen hundred German scientists and their dependents to the United States in the first decade after World War II. More than the freighters full of equipment and documents recovered from caves and hastily abandoned warehouses, the "German brains" who designed and built the V-2 rocket and other "wonder weapons" for the Third Reich proved invaluable to America's emerging military-industrial complex. Whether they remained under military employment, transitioned to civilian agencies like NASA, or sought more lucrative careers with corporations flush with government contracts, German specialists recruited into the Paperclip program assumed enormously influential positions within the labyrinthine national security state."--Provided by publisher.

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World War, 1939-1945--Technology
Brain drain--History--Germany--20th century
Scientists--Recruiting--History--Germany--20th century.
Scientists--Recruiting--History--United States--20th century.
Nazis--History--20th century.
War criminals--History--Germany--20th century
Intelligence service--History--United States--20th century
Military research--History--20th century.
German Americans--History--20th century.
National security--History--United States--20th century

D810.S2 / C784 2018