A stunning investigation of the roots of the first moon landing forty years ago. This illuminating story of the dawn of the space age reaches back to the reactionary modernism of the Third Reich, using the life of "rocket scientist" Wernher von Braun as its narrative path through the crumbling of Weimar Germany and the rise of the Nazi regime. Von Braun, a blinkered opportunist who could apply only tunnel vision to his meteoric career, stands as an archetype of myriad twentieth century technologists who thrived under regimes of military secrecy and unlimited money. His seamless transformation from developer of the deadly V-2 ballistic missile for Hitler to an American celebrity as the supposed genius behind the golden years of the U.S. space program in the 1950s and 1960s raises haunting questions about the culture of the Cold War, the shared values of technology in totalitarian and democratic societies, and the imperatives of material progress.
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"Von Braun's meteoric career as a political chameleon and rocket man is brilliantly peeled apart with a lucidity that allows the reader to understand the complex intricacies of von Braun's mentality as well as the scientific issues involved. It's a splendid piece of both science writing and history."
Paul Lawrence Rose
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Descripción W. W. Norton & Company, 2009. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. Estado de la sobrecubierta: New. 1st Edition. Wernher von Braun was a pioneer rocket scientist who put his talents to work first for the Nazi regime in Germany, then after the war for the Unitest States space program. This book exposes von Braun's willing cooperation with the Nazi regime and his participation in war crimes including use of slave labor. b/w photos, Notes, Selected Bibliography, Index. Published @ $25.95. Nº de ref. de la librería 016762
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