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Taking Nazi Technology: Allied Exploitation of German Science after the Second World War
During the Second World War, German science and technology posed a terrifying threat to the Allied nations. Combined with Germany's generations-old reputation for excellence in science and engineering, these advanced weapons, which included rockets, V-2 missiles, tanks, submarines, and jet airplanes, gave troubling credence to Nazi propaganda about forthcoming "wonder-weap ...more
Hardcover, 281 pages
Published June 4th 2019 by Johns Hopkins University Press
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A friend had this book during a recent visit, and I thoroughly enjoyed reading it during my stay. It’s many details and extensive footnotes demonstrate the thoroughness and knowledge of the author. For a casual reader like myself, the author ties in a number of interesting facts such as how English became the language of science and how the Marshall plan worked. A theme throughout the book is the post war gamesmanship among the US, England, France, and the USSR. Fundamentally a story about techn ...more
Douglas O'Reagan earned a PhD in History from the University of California, Berkeley in 2014, and since then has held academic/research positions at UC Berkeley, Washington State University, and MIT. His work focuses on the history of science/technology, espionage/intelligence, diplomacy, and business history.
“Despite that huge outpouring of support and excitement, I argue that the biggest lesson most American industrial investigators took away was that they had been deceived by Germany’s reputation for scientific preeminence—and, as much, began planning for the postwar world under American leadership.”More quotes…