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Dr. Space: The Life of Wernher von Braun

by Bob Ward

Other authors: John H. Glenn (Foreword)

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Written by veteran aerospace journalist Bob Ward, who spent years investigating his subject, this biography presents a revealing but even-handed portrait of the father of modern rocketry. As he chronicles Werner von Braun's life, Ward explodes many myths and misconceptions about the controversial genius who was a hero to some, a villain to others. The picture of von Braun that emerges is of a brilliant scientist with limitless curiosity and a drive to achieve his goals at almost any price--from developing the world's first ballistic missile used against the Allies in World War II to helping launch the first U.S. satellite that hurled Americans into space and the Saturn V super-booster that powered them to the moon. Along the way readers are introduced to the human side of this charismatic visionary who brought the United States into the Space Age.… (more)
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This was a wonderful book to read. I was aware of Von Braun before reading this, and after a trip to Huntsville, decided that I wanted to know more. This book did not disappoint! Bob Ward's extensive notes and references show that this is a very well researched effort.

I remove one star due to some chapters in the book which break the timeline and to add details of the personal life of Von Braun and the coworkers. I found this information interesting, but it skipped forward and backward in time to keep it contained in a single chapter. I would rather have seen these stories interspersed with that of the main story ark. ( )
  joerocklin | Mar 23, 2020 |
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It was spring 1961 and the Soviet Union continued to trounce the United States in what was called the "space race."
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Written by veteran aerospace journalist Bob Ward, who spent years investigating his subject, this biography presents a revealing but even-handed portrait of the father of modern rocketry. As he chronicles Werner von Braun's life, Ward explodes many myths and misconceptions about the controversial genius who was a hero to some, a villain to others. The picture of von Braun that emerges is of a brilliant scientist with limitless curiosity and a drive to achieve his goals at almost any price--from developing the world's first ballistic missile used against the Allies in World War II to helping launch the first U.S. satellite that hurled Americans into space and the Saturn V super-booster that powered them to the moon. Along the way readers are introduced to the human side of this charismatic visionary who brought the United States into the Space Age.

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