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Dark side of the moon : Wernher von Braun, the Third Reich, and the space race / Wayne Biddle.

Publication | Not Digitized | Library Call Number: TL781.85.V6 B53 2009

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    A stunning investigation of the roots of the first moon landing forty years ago, 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 V2 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.
    Format
    Book
    Author/Creator
    Biddle, Wayne.
    Published
    New York : W.W. Norton, c2009
    Locale
    Germany
    United States
    Edition
    1st ed
    Contents
    A junker's life
    Memories of deeat
    "Highly technological romanticism"
    An heir of credibility
    Childhood's end
    "Fingers in the pie"
    Supreme zeal
    Grand and horribly wrong
    Depravity
    " A psychologicsal block".
    Notes
    Includes bibliographical references p. 199-204) and index.
    A junker's life -- Memories of deeat -- "Highly technological romanticism" -- An heir of credibility -- Childhood's end -- "Fingers in the pie" -- Supreme zeal -- Grand and horribly wrong -- Depravity -- " A psychologicsal block".

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    Language
    English
    ISBN
    0393059103
    9780393059106 (hardcover)
    Physical Description
    xiv, 220 p., [8] p. of plates : ill., maps ; 25 cm.

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