Dr. Space: The Life of Werner von Braun

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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 ...
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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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  • ISBN-13: 9781591149279
  • Publisher: Naval Institute Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/2009
  • Pages: 282
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

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Bob Ward, a former editor-in-chief of The Huntsville Times, covered the von Braun rocket team as a reporter. This is his fifth book on space subjects. He lives in Huntsville, AL.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 14, 2005

    Dr. Space Goes Beyond NASA and Into the Man.

    When you finish reading Dr. Space you will realize that you have been given an opportunity to meet Dr. Wernher von Braun. This book focuses on Dr. von Braun the man and not just what he did for NASA. When studying history it is important to remember that many men are smart enough to discover and understand principles of operation but it is that rare individual who is able to take that knowledge and make history. In this book the reader is able to finally learn about von Braun and his way of thinking, motivating, and leading. We see a young von Braun as a student and his days of leading a rocket club. Then it's on to his days in Germany and the development of the V-2 rocket. We follow him after he comes to the U.S. and spends time in Texas until he finally gets his chance to shine in Huntsville, Alabama. We see him in action in Huntsville developing the Saturn rockets and sending men to the moon. Finally we follow him to Washington and see the end of his NASA career, his move into private enterprise and his fight with cancer. Along the way we see what von Braun did after hours and on vacation. He SCUBA dives, sails, flies aircraft, tells jokes, and visits a topless club or two. We see that he became the life of any party and had a very broad knowledge in many subjects other than rocketry. There are several photographs included ranging from V-2 rockets being set up at White Sands, New Mexico to von Braun and his family out on his boat in Alabama. While this may not be the definitive book on all that von Braun did in his days at NASA it is the book about von Braun the man. Read, learn and enjoy. I did.

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