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Our Germans : Project Paperclip and the national security state

by Crim, Brian E.,

Format: Print Book 2018
Availability: Available at 1 Library 1 of 1 copy
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CLP - Main Library Mezzanine - Non-fiction D810.S2 C784 2018
Location  CLP - Main Library
 
Collection  Mezzanine - Non-fiction
 
Call Number  D810.S2 C784 2018
 
 
Summary

Project Paperclip brought hundreds of German scientists and engineers, including aerospace engineer Wernher von Braun, to the United States in the first decade after World War II. More than the freighters full of equipment or the 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.

Drawing on recently declassified documents from intelligence agencies, the Department of Defense, the FBI, and the State Department, Brian E. Crim's Our Germans examines the process of integrating German scientists into a national security state dominated by the armed services and defense industries. Crim explains how the Joint Intelligence Objectives Agency enticed targeted scientists, whitewashed the records of Nazis and war criminals, and deceived government agencies about the content of security investigations. Exploring the vicious bureaucratic rivalries that erupted over the wisdom, efficacy, and morality of pursuing Paperclip, Our Germans reveals how some Paperclip proponents and scientists influenced the perception of the rival Soviet threat by volunteering inflated estimates of Russian intentions and technical capabilities.

As it describes the project's embattled legacy, Our Germans reflects on the myriad ways that Paperclip has been remembered in culture and national memory. As this engaging book demonstrates, whether characterized as an expedient Cold War program born from military necessity or a dishonorable episode, the project ultimately reflects American ambivalence about the military-industrial complex and the viability of an "ends justifies the means" solution to external threats.

Additional Information
Subjects World War, 1939-1945 -- Technology.
Brain drain -- Germany -- History -- 20th century.
Scientists -- Recruiting -- Germany -- History -- 20th century.
Scientists -- Recruiting -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Nazis -- History -- 20th century.
War criminals -- Germany -- History -- 20th century.
Intelligence service -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Military research -- History -- 20th century.
German Americans -- History -- 20th century.
Publisher Baltimore :2018
Language English
Description xii, 245 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 229-238) and index.
ISBN 9781421424392
1421424398
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