Von braun dreamer of space engineer of war was a very interesting and informative book i have only now discovered how controversial von brauns life was from these amazon reviews as well as from this book. I have always been interested in werner von brauns life and work he was a complex man with two sides as the book titles states dreamer of space and engineer of war von braun once wrote an article titled i shoot for the stars and a comedian added but sometimes i hit london. Curator and space historian at the smithsonians national air and space museum delivers a brilliantly nuanced biography of controversial space pioneer wernher von braun chief rocket engineer of the third reich and one of the fathers of the us space program wernher von braun is a source of consistent fascination glorified as a visionary and vilified as a war criminal he was a man of . Book review michael j neufeld von braun dreamer of space engineer of war new york knopf 2007 608 pages 3500 april 2008 if wernher von braun had died in 1945 at the end of world war two he would have been remembered as the man who led the team that built the worlds first effective ballistic missile. Neufeld spoke on wernher von braun dreamer of space engineer of war mr neufeld began with a song wernher von braun a song from 1965 by the mathematician singer songwriter pianist tom lehrer made musical points of von brauns ambiguous history and expedient choices
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