Dr. Space: The Life of Wernher Von Braun

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Naval Institute Press, 2005 - Biography & Autobiography - 282 pages
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Wernher von Braun, the father of modern rocketry, is a hero to some and villain to others, and the many books written about him are either bitterly critical or adoring. This biography is neither. After seven years of investigation, veteran aerospace journalist Bob Ward has rejected the extremes and presents a revealing, even-handed portrait of the onetime Nazi Party member who brought the United States into the Space Age. As it chronicles von Braun’s life, the book explodes many myths and misconceptions about this controversial genius. From the young German aristocrat’s leadership role in the development of the world’s first ballistic missile - the infamous V-2 rocket used against the Allies during the invasion of Europe - to his successes in the United States after the war, a picture of von Braun emerges as a brilliant scientist with limitless curiosity and a drive to achieve his goals at almost any price. Yet the author’s lengthy research reveals that the apolitical von Braun accepted nominal Party membership and an essentially honorary SS commission only under heavy pressure, and that his connections to the notorious V-2 slave labor factory were largely peripheral.
  

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Wernher von Braun was a rocket designer who first worked for Nazi Germany and then worked for the United States government first for the army and then for NASA. This biography is rather light on what ... Read full review

Contents

That Accursed Blessing
1
To the Manor Born
10
Pioneering Rocketry
14
Peenemunde Priority
23
Encounters with Hitler
31
Comes Now the V2
42
Bound for America
54
A Fort Called Bliss
63
Lunar Triumph
156
Rocket City Legacy
168
After Apollo What?
175
DC and the Gods
184
Perigee in Washington
194
On the Private Side
204
Too Soon Dying
213
Epilogue
221

New Home Alabama
75
Early Media Trail
87
Toward the Cosmos
93
Nobodys Perfect
100
New Age of Space
111
Challenge of the Moon
126
En Route to Victory
141
Letter on Goddard Patents
225
Letter on Moral Responsibility in Hitlers Germany
227
Notes
231
Selected Bibliography
269
Index
273
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