Wernher von Braun: The Man Who Sold the Moon
Title: Wernher von Braun: The Man Who Sold the Moon
Author: Dennis Piszkiewicz
Explores the American, Russian, and German political, personal, and social factors that hindered or promoted the development of rockets and space travel.
Perhaps no one in history has played the role of scientist as celebrity with as much skill—and as much deception—as Wernher von Braun. America’s leading rocket expert and most enthusiastic advocate of space travel, he had a closet full of secrets that would have shocked his colleagues and millions of admirers if they had been told during his lifetime. Wernher von Braun:The Man Who Sold the Moon is the first critical biography of the young German aristocrat who created Hitler’s most advanced terror weapon, the V-2 rocket, and who came to the U.S. under the Army’s Project Paperclip to develop missiles as a central weapon of the Cold War. The book reveals that factions of the U.S. Army, in their zeal to have von Braun’s team of scientists working for American interests, covered up what they knew about his complicity in Nazi causes and abetted him in the perpetuation of the myth he carefully created about his past.