The Rocket and the Reich: Peenemünde and the Coming of the Ballistic Missile Era

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Simon and Schuster, 1995 - History - 368 pages
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The story behind one of the greatest engineering feats of World War II. The Rocket and the Reich is the paradoxical tale of the creation of a technology that would prove so valuable to Allied powers after the war but ultimately proved a failure to the Germans during it. Two 8-page photo inserts; 6 maps and diagrams.

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In The Rocket and the Reich: Peenemünde and the Coming of the Ballistic Missile Era, Michael J. Neufeld “aims to provide a balanced and readable history of the German Army liquid-fueled rocket program ... Read full review

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A rather serious book that focuses more on the politics and organizational challenges than on the technology and day to day operations. He also discusses the forced labor workers who worked not only ... Read full review


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Michael J. Neufeld is chair of the Space History Division of the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum. Born and raised in Canada, he received his doctorate in history from The Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. His second book, "The Rocket and the Reich: Peenemunde and the Coming of the Ballistic Missile Era," won the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics History Manuscript Award and the Society for the History of Technology Dexter Prize. He lives in Takoma Park, Maryland.

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