- Hardcover: 282 pages
- Publisher: Naval Inst Pr (May 15 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1591149266
- ISBN-13: 978-1591149262
- Product Dimensions: 15.9 x 3.2 x 23.5 cm
- Shipping Weight: 590 g
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #584,467 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Dr. Space: The Life of Werner Von Braun Hardcover – May 15 2005
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From Publishers Weekly
This paean offers uncritical praise of every aspect of rocket scientist von Braun's life. While there's an enormous amount to celebrate about the man most responsible for the U.S. putting astronauts on the moon, von Braun (1912–1977) is a more complex figure than Ward represents. As a reporter for the Huntsville (Ala.) Times, Ward covered von Braun during many of his years as director of the Marshall Space Flight Center, in Huntsville. In addition to his own interactions with von Braun, Ward draws too heavily on letters written by the scientist's friends and colleagues in honor of his 60th birthday. Additionally, Ward provides a relatively superficial examination of von Braun's controversial role in Nazi Germany, where he and his team of engineers created the V-2 rocket used against the Allies (this project is better presented by Michael Neufeld in The Rocket and the Reich). A clear picture of von Braun's enormous charisma, intellect and personality does come through, as does a sense of how critical a political (as well as technological) role von Braun played in defining America's space program. 40 b&w photos. (June)
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USA satellite launch with the von Braun team in the 1950's.
This was converted to NASA Marshall space center by president Eisenhower in the late 50's as it exists now.
I found this book to be fascinating and accurate.