Michael Joseph, 1st ed., 1987. Xiv + 336 pp., photo-plates. D.j., 24 x 16cm. Red title on spine typically a bit faded ; small owner's name & date to f.f.e.p., (blank) o/w Nr.FINE. The Paperclip Conspiracy was the climax of an astonishing battle between the Allies in the aftermath of the 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 Hitler's 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. This book reveals for the first time the despair, lies and calculating ruthlessness of Allied politicians and businessmen who fought 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.