Dark Side of the Moon

Dark Side of the Moon

Wernher Von Braun, the Third Reich, and the Space Race

Book - 2009
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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.
Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton, c2009.
ISBN: 9780393059106
Characteristics: xiv, 220 p., [8] p. of plates :,ill., maps ;,25 cm.


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"Wernher von Braun shakes hands with President John F. Kennedy at the Marshall Spacee Flight Center on September 12, 1962. Alabama Congressman Robert Jones is between them, with Vice President Lyndon Johnson partially visible behind Kennedy's shoulder." " 'Wernher von Braun Day, ' February 24, 1970, at the Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, Alabama. "the impressions of French ambassador Francois-Poncet: 'hitler excited curiosity; he awakened sympathy; his prestige grew; the force of attraction emanating from him had an impact beyond the borders of his country.'"

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