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Wernher von Braun, Revised Edition
  • Format
  • HARDCOVER
  • Trim Size: 6 X 9
  • ISBN-10: 0816061793
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-8160-6179-2
  • Status: In Stock
  • List Price: $35.00
  • Imprint: Chelsea House
  • Published: 05/01/2008
  • Dewey Number: 621
  • Reading Level: Grades 6-12
  • Pages: 192

Summary

Wernher von Braun, Revised Edition examines the life and career of the famed rocket scientist who supervised the development of the powerful rockets used by Apollo astronauts to reach the moon. Controversy surrounds von Braun's work in Germany during World War II, and this revised edition examines some of the complex issues brought to light by the availability of formerly top-secret documents. A new chapter explores the significance of his statements to the U.S. Army concerning his wartime career as a V-2 rocket builder—and of his membership in the Nazi Party and commission to a position in the SS (secret service). Containing new sidebars and expanded coverage of individuals such as rocket pioneer Hermann Oberth and science writer Willy Ley, the American Rocket Society, and von Braun's views on civil rights, this updated book also features a new chronology of key events in von Braun's life; recent publications on von Braun, rocketry, and the U.S. space program; and helpful Web sites on related topics.

Specifications

Black-and-white photographs and line illustrations. Sidebars. Further reading. Glossary. Chronology. Internet resources. Index.

About the Author(s)

Ray Spangenburg and Diane Kit Moser have been writing about science for more than 25 years. They are the authors of more than 50 books, including Facts On File's The History of Science set, as well as of a popular series of books on astronomy and space exploration. Former journalists and editors, they have written for numerous magazines, including The Scientist, Science Digest, Space World, and Final Frontier.

Reviews and Awards

"...place[es] science in cultural and political contexts..."


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