Von Braun: Dreamer of Space, Engineer of War
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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LibraryThing ReviewUser 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
VON BRAUN: Dreamer of Space, Engineer of WarUser Review - Jane Doe - Kirkus
Judicious biography of the Nazis' chief rocket designer, who went on to lead the U.S. space program.Son of a wealthy Prussian aristocrat, Werner Von Braun (1912-77) became fascinated with space travel ... Read full review