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Scientific Information in Wartime: The Allied-German Rivalry, 1939-1945 (Hardback)
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Scientific Information in Wartime: The Allied-German Rivalry, 1939-1945 (Hardback)

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Hardback 192 Pages / Published: 14/06/1994
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This book describes how the growing awareness of the strategic importance of science in the 1930s caused the Allied and German leadership to build scientific information supply systems that survived into the postwar era. Using archival materials from five countries, Richards traces the successes and failures of these early scientific intelligence agencies. She focuses on the OSS unit supplying copy for the US government's wartime program to reprint current German scientific journals. She describes as well the methods used by the OSS to spirit individual journal issues from inside the Reich to microfilm squads on Germany's periphery, and gives special attention to the Allied quest for information about the mythical German atomic bomb. Richards also describes the supply system set up by the Nazi government, and how its increasing desperation for Allied scientific news led in the last year of the war to a submarine landing of Abwehr agents on the U.S. coast to microfilm periodicals at the New York Public Library. The final chapter of her book looks at how the wartime experience with scientific information influenced postwar patterns of scientific documentation and librarianship in each country.

Publisher: ABC-CLIO
ISBN: 9780313290626
Number of pages: 192
Weight: 454 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 14 mm


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"This slim volume contains a wealth of detail about the information sypply systems used by Germany, the United States, and Great Britain during the period of World War II, to insure that their scientists would get the scientific and technical information they needed, especially in support of the war effort. History such as this is important for the student in library and information science courses and of interest to the general reader as well."-Libraries and Culture
"Of great interest for upper-division undergraduate, graduate, and specialist collections."-Choice
"A well-researched and well-organized book."-Journal of the American Society for Information Science
?A well-researched and well-organized book.??Journal of the American Society for Information Science
?Of great interest for upper-division undergraduate, graduate, and specialist collections.?-Choice
?A well-researched and well-organized book.?-Journal of the American Society for Information Science
?This slim volume contains a wealth of detail about the information sypply systems used by Germany, the United States, and Great Britain during the period of World War II, to insure that their scientists would get the scientific and technical information they needed, especially in support of the war effort. History such as this is important for the student in library and information science courses and of interest to the general reader as well.?-Libraries and Culture

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