Rocket man: Robert H. Goddard and the birth of the space age

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Hyperion, Aug 20, 2003 - Biography & Autobiography - 324 pages
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More famous in his day than Einstein or Edison, the troubled, solitary genius Robert H. Goddard (1882-1945) was the American father of rocketry and space flight, launching the world's first liquid-fuel rockets and the first powered vehicles to break the sound barrier. Supported by Charles Lindbergh and Harry Guggenheim, through fiery, often explosive, experiments at Roswell, New Mexico, he invented the methods that carried men to the moon. Today, no rocket or jet plane can fly without using his inventions. Yet he is the "forgotten man" of the space age. His own government ignored his rocketry--until the Germans demonstrated its principles in the V-2 missiles of World War II. The American government usurped his 214 patents, while suppressing his contributions in the name of national security, until it was forced to pay one million dollars for patent infringement. Goddard became famous again, monuments and medals raining upon his memory. But his renewed fame soon faded, and Goddard's pivotal role in launching the Space Age has been largely forgotten.

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User Review  - Danielle - Goodreads

I thought Clary did a great job writing about someone who doesn't come across as very likeable. Quirky guy, that Goddard. In reading others' comments, it seems some rate this book very low because of ... Read full review

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User Review  - Aleisha Z Coleman - Goodreads

This is really a 3.5 star rating, but definitely not a 4 so I went with the 3 so as to not mislead anyone:) I admit i am a nerd and i have found a new love in reading books about other science nerds ... Read full review



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David A. Clary, former chief historian of the U.S. Forest Service, is the author of numerous books and other publications on military and scientific history. He has been a consultant to several government agencies and has taught history at the university level. He lives in New Mexico with his wife, Beatriz.

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