WERNHER VON BRAUN: Crusader for Space, A Biographical Memoir 

Author(s)

Stuhlinger, Ernst

Ordway III, Frederick I.

 

Edition

Orig. Ed 1994, Reprint Ed. 1996

Pages

ISBN #

Cloth/Paper

U.S. Dollars

392

0-89464-969-8

C

$62.25

Description

Reviews

Although rockets and rocket-like gadgets have been known for about 2000 years, the development of high-performance, high-precision rockets began only about sixty years ago when Wernher von Braun started an energetic and systematic program to build rockets for space flight. In 1958, von Braun's team launched the Saturn V rocket that was to launch 12 American astronauts on their way to the moon. This book is based on very close personal and work relationships between von Braun and the authors (25 years for Frederick Ordway, 34 years for Ernst Stuhlinger). More than one hundred carefully recorded and edited interviews, and several hundred verbal and written comments on von Braun by people who knew him well, were used for the book.

"These two books constitute the most definitive and well-balanced biography of Wernher von Braun published to date. Essentially, they form a single work, one containing text and the other photographs and drawings… Few of the principals in the von Braun story are still alive, making it unlikely that anything on a par with this work could ever be done again. Highly recommended." -- Elliott Swanson, Booklist, September 1994

"The wealth of pictures, many from his personal collections never before published, is accompanied by short captions and explanations of the occasions captured in the photos. They make space history more vivid and easier to follow." -- Journal of Space Law, V.22, 1994

"The coverage of the illustrated memoir is good, but it is not until you dip into the biographical memoir that you realize what you were missing. This is a real history book, the result of 14 years of research and writing for which Ordway conducted nearly a hundred interviews on both sides of the Atlantic." -- Mark Williamson, Earth Space Review, Vol.4, No.4, 1995

"The purpose of these two volumes is to accurately chronicle Wernher von Braun's extraordinary life. The books accomplish this exceedingly well… I cannot think of any authors who could write a biography better than Stuhlinger and Ordway who had very close personal and work relationships with von Braun." -- Rob Landis, Planetarian, Vol. 25, No. 3, September 1996

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