Rocket Man: Robert H. Goddard and the Birth of the Space Ageby David A. Clary
Goddard (1882-1945) was the most famous scientist in America between the world wars, and his fame continued to grow after his death until 1960, when the biography This High Man proved too hagiographic, and scientists and historians began to object. He became a historical footnote, but Clary (history, Eastern New Mexico U., Roswell) wants to shed light on the man, not the legend he and his heirs made of him. Annotation ©2003 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
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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 served as consultant to several government agencies and teaches history at Eastern New Mexico University at Roswell, where he resides.
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A friend of mine who's nuts about all things that fly gave me Rocket Man and insisted I read it. I expected a boring old science bio, but I was surprised by how interesting and well-written it is. Goddard was this Cassandra-like, paranoid genius. Nobody ever believed that his rockets would fly, that his rockets would the be future of airplanes and weapons, and that rockets would take man to the moon. His achievements were pretty amazine, but the really interesting part of his story is what he didn't get to do, because he was too suspicious of the government and other scientists. This book is really good, and not just space-nuts and model rocket builders will like it.