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Explores the life and achievements of the rocketry pioneer who designed rockets for the Nazi war effort early in his career and later became a leading figure in the American space program.

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This paean offers uncritical praise of every aspect of rocket scientist von Braun''s life. While there''s an enormous amount to celebrate about the man most responsible for the U.S. putting astronauts on the moon, von Braun (1912–1977) is a more complex figure than Ward represents. As a reporter for the Huntsville (Ala.) Times, Ward covered von Braun during many of his years as director of the Marshall Space Flight Center, in Huntsville. In addition to his own interactions with von Braun, Ward draws too heavily on letters written by the scientist''s friends and colleagues in honor of his 60th birthday. Additionally, Ward provides a relatively superficial examination of von Braun''s controversial role in Nazi Germany, where he and his team of engineers created the V-2 rocket used against the Allies (this project is better presented by Michael Neufeld in The Rocket and the Reich). A clear picture of von Braun''s enormous charisma, intellect and personality does come through, as does a sense of how critical a political (as well as technological) role von Braun played in defining America''s space program. 40 b&w photos. (June)
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Bob Ward, a former editor-in-chief of The Huntsville Times, has written on space subjects for decades, and covered the von Braun rocket team as a reporter. A resident of Huntsville, Alabama, he has four other books to his credit.

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Erl Gould Purnell
4.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Who Knew All This About Dr. von Braun?
Reviewed in the United States on January 19, 2020
Bob Ward has put Wernher von Braun in history and in context. What an extraordinary engineer, manager and visionary. It might be easy to credit von Braun with sitting down, pencil and slide rule in hand, and designing all these rockets. Yes, he did a lot of that but it’s... See more
Bob Ward has put Wernher von Braun in history and in context. What an extraordinary engineer, manager and visionary. It might be easy to credit von Braun with sitting down, pencil and slide rule in hand, and designing all these rockets. Yes, he did a lot of that but it’s not why the rockets flew nor why he was so successful and admired.

As von Braun readily credits, he helped myriad others create and build his hardware, from V-2 to Saturn V. The details were left to his team although many of the breakthrough decisions were his. His intuition was as good, maybe better, than his considerable intellect and he allowed it free reign in his musings and bold plans.

My reason for scoring “Dr. Space” a 4 and not a 5 is because the book lacked much of the scientific and engineering information behind rockets and von Braun’s specific contribution to their development. Perhaps, Ward can be forgiven as this is a biography about the man not the science.

There is ample detailed information about von Braun’s life, family, relationships and work history. There is also sound reporting on his Nazi past by both the author and von Braun himself. It’s not quite as complicated as some would have it. von Braun gave so much to the American space program that in context his past can certainly be understood but not forgiven.

As one who followed the early space programs (I watched every launch and recovery live from Mercury’s Freedom 7 through Gene Cernan’s Apollo 17), I was well aware of von Braun and the powerful (pun intended) influence he had on the success of manned space flight. He was a god, an extraordinary person who was as human as he was genius.
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Thomas G. Peterson
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Great reflection of the early space program
Reviewed in the United States on December 17, 2016
I was part of the former Army Ballistic Agency that was responsible for the first USA satellite launch with the von Braun team in the 1950''s. This was converted to NASA Marshall space center by president Eisenhower in the late 50''s as it exists now. I found... See more
I was part of the former Army Ballistic Agency that was responsible for the first
USA satellite launch with the von Braun team in the 1950''s.
This was converted to NASA Marshall space center by president Eisenhower in the late 50''s as it exists now.
I found this book to be fascinating and accurate.
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kean
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This is a well researched and fair portrayal
Reviewed in the United States on August 9, 2019
Von Braun was one of my childhood heroes. This books does not gloss over the difficult periods when he was used by the Nazis and shows some of his short comings, but reminds us of what a great and determined man can achieve. I enjoyed the parts about his family, but found... See more
Von Braun was one of my childhood heroes. This books does not gloss over the difficult periods when he was used by the Nazis and shows some of his short comings, but reminds us of what a great and determined man can achieve. I enjoyed the parts about his family, but found the tales of his ability to "work" within the different administrations and politicians fascinating. He will always have his detractors, but this sets matters straight.
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Lou
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As a young soldier, I taught missile radar systems ...
Reviewed in the United States on April 25, 2018
As a young soldier, I taught missile radar systems At Redstone Arsenal, Alabama. I worked at the officer''s club at night because my military pay was only $216.00 a month. I served Dr Von Braun drinks several times. It meant nothing to me at the time.
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Madonna Hood
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Personal and Filled with a Magnificent Life
Reviewed in the United States on February 26, 2018
This is my third book on the subject of Dr. Wernher von Braun. This book, unlike the others, gave me an up close and personal look at an amazing man. My admiration of his person and mental genius is on the moon. Truly one of the finest men and most brilliant man to have... See more
This is my third book on the subject of Dr. Wernher von Braun. This book, unlike the others, gave me an up close and personal look at an amazing man. My admiration of his person and mental genius is on the moon. Truly one of the finest men and most brilliant man to have lived in the 20th century.
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Mark
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lots of info from perspective of people who knew the man, somewhat excessive hero worship, and don''t worry, it''s not technical
Reviewed in the United States on December 27, 2016
(I haven''t quite finished this book so a review might be premature. I''m about 3/4 through.) It''s a biography of Werner von Braun, the space pioneer. The book relies a lot on quotes from people who knew him. A good many of the quotes are directed to Mr von Braun,... See more
(I haven''t quite finished this book so a review might be premature. I''m about 3/4 through.)

It''s a biography of Werner von Braun, the space pioneer. The book relies a lot on quotes from people who knew him. A good many of the quotes are directed to Mr von Braun, like "I remember when you ..." I''m guessing these must have come from a retirement party or some such. Apparently wherever all these second-person quotes came from was a major source for the writer. On the one hand, quotes from people who were there at the time make the book much more personal than if it was based on newspaper stories and official histories. On the other hand, I found the second-person narrative distracting. Maybe that''s just me. There are also a handful of personal references by the author, he mentions briefly meeting von Braun a couple of times, being present as a reporter at a couple of important events, etc. With due respect to the author, these added nothing to the book.

As often seems to happen in biographies, the book is very pro-von Braun. The author describes numerous conflicts that von Braun was in with other people in the US space program, Congress, and so on, and as the author tells it, von Braun was always 100% right and anyone who disagreed with him was 100% wrong. At one point he has a rather long discussion of whether a person who opposed von Braun was motivated by personal jealousy or anti-German bigotry, with not a word given to any possible rational motive. While I have great respect for Mr von Braun, I can''t believe he was ALWAYS right. It would be interesting to read something that gave a fairer hearing to the other side.

Given that a major source was apparently reminisces from the man''s friends, there are a fair number of the personal anecdotes: remember the time you played that cute little practical joke on your secretary and we all laughed, etc. In my opinion there was enough of this sort of personal material to keep the story "real" without making it lame. The main narrative is about von Braun''s career in the US space program, from his role in getting the first satellites in orbit to his role in putting the first men on the Moon, which I think is what most readers, myself included, are interested in. The personal stuff is icing on the cake.

Oh, I should mention that even though the book is about a highly technical subject -- after all, when people want to say a subject is NOT technical, they often say, "it''s not rocket science", while this IS rocket science -- anyway, the book is not technical. It''s about the man''s life, not about how to build rockets. While it discusses technical challenges, it doesn''t go into the details, just "they were worried about how to handle the vibration from the rocket motors", that sort of thing. While I suppose a high-school level understanding of astronomy and how rockets work and that sort of thing may be helpful to understanding the book, really, I think you could read it and get the point if you just understand what the word "orbit" means and a few such basic concepts.
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Bigbogboy
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Figurehead of space
Reviewed in the United States on October 9, 2017
As one who grew up listening to Von Braun explain launches to Cronkite, and one who served at Redstone Arsenal learning Army guided missile systems in early 70''s, I totally enjoyed re-living the account of his life. Great detail enhanced the basics. Reviewing the life of... See more
As one who grew up listening to Von Braun explain launches to Cronkite, and one who served at Redstone Arsenal learning Army guided missile systems in early 70''s, I totally enjoyed re-living the account of his life. Great detail enhanced the basics. Reviewing the life of such a great "space philosopher" is inspirational. A very satisfying read.
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101st AIRBORNE (NAM 1966-68)
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Great book and story about a man a dream and ...
Reviewed in the United States on March 13, 2018
Great book and story about a man a dream and the rockets he designed alone with many others that put on the Moon. and other facts about Dr. Von Braun life. He was a great man.
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ERIC MERRALL
5.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
A visionary and unique story
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on August 12, 2021
I had heard of Von Braun before, with a recent Netflix series rekindling a desire to know more about this man and his apparent conflicts due to his WWII role with V2’s. The book brought him to life, is a great read, but also provides insight into how a vision can drive a...See more
I had heard of Von Braun before, with a recent Netflix series rekindling a desire to know more about this man and his apparent conflicts due to his WWII role with V2’s. The book brought him to life, is a great read, but also provides insight into how a vision can drive a person to achieve truly incredible results (and a great role model for business leadership). horoughly recommended
I had heard of Von Braun before, with a recent Netflix series rekindling a desire to know more about this man and his apparent conflicts due to his WWII role with V2’s. The book brought him to life, is a great read, but also provides insight into how a vision can drive a person to achieve truly incredible results (and a great role model for business leadership). horoughly recommended
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Keith
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Dr Space.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on February 17, 2018
I am reading this book at the moment so far very pleased, the style of writing and the amount of detail given is excellent.
I am reading this book at the moment so far very pleased, the style of writing and the amount of detail given is excellent.
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Nutwood Bear
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A great read
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on June 30, 2015
A great read. His life covers an amazing range of history. At times you feel that he is being deified, so have only given it 4 stars. However the chapters are not so long that you get lost.
A great read. His life covers an amazing range of history. At times you feel that he is being deified, so have only given it 4 stars. However the chapters are not so long that you get lost.
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The life of Werner Von Braun.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on August 21, 2017
Excellent book.
Excellent book.
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Chiara
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Reviewed in Italy on September 16, 2014
testo in inglese non troppo complicato ma scorrevole. Mi è piaciuto molto, ben scritto. Affronta tutta la vita di Von Braun dai razzi V2 al programma Apollo....affascinante
testo in inglese non troppo complicato ma scorrevole. Mi è piaciuto molto, ben scritto. Affronta tutta la vita di Von Braun dai razzi V2 al programma Apollo....affascinante
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