Tuesday, July 7, 2009
Von Braun - Michael J. Neufeld
This is a well researched book that is a good read for anyone interested in the history of modern rockets and especially of the life and contributions of Werner von Braun. It covers his life from his birth to a well-to-do family, troubled school life and his lifelong obsession with rockets and manned space flight. It covers what appears to be his Faustian bargain with Nazi Germany and the eventual use of slave labor to build the famed V-2 rockets up through his surrender to the American forces and eventual key work and involvement with the Apollo missions that landed a man on the moon.