The Paperclip Conspiracy: The Battle for the Spoils and Secrets of Nazi Germany by Tom Bower

The Paperclip Conspiracy: The Battle for the Spoils and Secrets of Nazi Germany by Tom Bower lands on the shelves of my shop, where it will be found in my History Germany section.

London: Michael Joseph, 1987, Hardback in dust wrapper.

Contains: Black & white photographs;

From the cover: The Paperclip Conspiracy was the climax of an astonishing battle between the Allies in the aftermath of war to seize the spoils of Nazi Germany: a successful plot by senior officers in the Pentagon to rewrite the wartime record of brilliant German scientists. Men who were classified as ardent Nazis were chosen just weeks after Hitlers defeat-to become respectable American citizens.

Some in Britain, too, conspired to employ Nazis, seeing that as their last hope for economic recovery, but were opposed by outraged politicians and officials. While they argued, their erstwhile Allies advantageously hired the most incriminated Germans the French and the Russians took on anyone regardless of their crimes, and the Americans, through a taut web of deceit, sanitised the murderous record of Nazi scientists. Forty years on, using a wealth of interviews with those involved, as well as newly released government documents, Tom Bowers extraordinary book reveals for the first time the despair, lies and calculating ruthlessness of Allied politicians, officers, civil servants and businessmen who, after five years of bitter war, openly began fighting amongst themselves about the profits and plunder of victory. The pawns in the middle were the men, machines and secrets of the Third Reich, but the ultimate victors were the Germans themselves.

Neil Armstrongs epic landing on the moon in 1969 was courtesy of two groups of Germans: Werner von Brauns rocket team, which had approved the use of slave labour to build the V2 rocket, and the German aviation doctors whose pioneering experiments had included fatal tests on the inmates at Dachau. The Paperclip Conspiracy, by the widely acclaimed author of Blind Eye to Murder and Klaus Barbie, is not only a skilful investigation into one of the most sinister aspects of the war, but a powerful thriller in its own right.

Good+ in Good+ Dust Wrapper. Price Clipped. Gently bruised at the head of the spine and the top corners of the boards with commensurate wear to the dust wrapper. Leans slightly. Top edge of the text block spotted. Previous owners’ gift inscription to the first blank. Text complete, clean and tight.

Black boards with Silver titling to the Spine. [XIV] 336 pages. Bibliography. 9½” x 6¼”.

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