Von Braun: Dreamer of Space, Engineer of War

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Vintage Books, 2008 - Biography & Autobiography - 587 pages
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Curator and space historian at the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum delivers a brilliantly nuanced biography of controversial space pioneer Wernher von Braun.

Chief rocket engineer of the Third Reich and one of the fathers of the U.S. space program, Wernher von Braun is a source of consistent fascination. Glorified as a visionary and vilified as a war criminal, he was a man of profound moral complexities, whose intelligence and charisma were coupled with an enormous and, some would say, blinding ambition. Based on new sources, Neufeld's biography delivers a meticulously researched and authoritative portrait of the creator of the V-2 rocket and his times, detailing how he was a man caught between morality and progress, between his dreams of the heavens and the earthbound realities of his life.

 

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User Review  - Shrike58 - LibraryThing

In this all encompassing biography of Von Braun something that stands out to me is how predestined his life really was, once you get past his rebellious dream to be a great engineer and achieve space ... Read full review

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User Review  - Chris_El - LibraryThing

This one took a while to finish since I left it at work and only read it at lunch times which rarely include much reading there. Certainly someone who made a huge difference in mankind reaching into ... Read full review

Contents

The Wheel of Progress to 1925
7
Sonny Boy 192532
32
His Indisputable Genius 193739 89
39
Future Dreams 193942
115
A Pretty Hellish Environment 194244
135
Morning in the Desert 194546
199
Mars Project 194649
223
Space Superiority 195054
246
The Seer of Space 195758
311
I Aim at the Stars 195860
333
Before This Decade Is Out 196063
354
A Pretty Emotional Moment 196769
414
A Faustian Shadow
473
Notes
479
Significant Abbreviations Used in the Notes
547
Index
563

We Could Do It 195457
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About the author (2008)

Michael Neufeld is the museum curator in the Space History Division of The Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum. He was educated at the University of Calgary and The Johns Hopkins University, where he received his doctorate in history. His book The Rocket and the Reich: Peenemunde and the Coming of the Ballistic Missile Era was published by The Free Press in 1995 and was awarded the AIAA History Manuscript Award and the SHOT Dexter Prize. He lives in Maryland.

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