Rocket Man: Robert H. Goddard and the Birth of the Space Age

Rocket Man: Robert H. Goddard and the Birth of the Space Age

by David A. Clary


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Rocket Man: Robert H. Goddard and the Birth of the Space Age by David A. Clary

Now in paperback, the life and legacy of the much-overlooked yet highly influential Robert Goddard — the brilliant, eccentric, and controversial pioneer of the space age.

More famous in his day than Einstein or Edison, the troubled, solitary genius Robert H. Goddard 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, he devised the methods that carried men to the moon. Today, no rocket or jet plane can fly without his inventions.

Yet Goddard is the "forgotten man" of the Space Age. After the Germans launched the V-2 missiles of World War II, the American government usurped his 214 patents and suppressed 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 — until now.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780786887057
Publisher: Hyperion
Publication date: 08/11/2004
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 669,343
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.77(d)
Age Range: 13 - 18 Years

About the Author

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.