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, a driving force behind many early American accomplishments in space, was a charismatic and highly skilled (albeit somewhat disorganized) engineer and manager. He was also a former ... Read full review

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