[FPSPACE] Review of new book on Wernher von Braun
ljk4 at msn.com
Thu Oct 18 19:13:16 EDT 2007
The October 22, 2007 issue of The New Yorker Magazine
has a review of the new book about Von Braun.
Michael J. Neufeld, the author of Von Braun: Dreamer of Space, Engineer of
War (Knopf; $35), acknowledges that hardly anyone under age forty knows
his subjects name, even though Americas moon shots owed a large measure of
their success to him. Wernher von Braun (1912-77) had a career that was
itself a kind of two-stage rocket, his scientific dreams boosted toward
their late American fulfillment by his youthful service to the military
apparatus of Nazi Germany.
Disgusted and forbearing by turns, Neufeld, the chair of the Space History
Division at the Smithsonians National Air and Space Museum, offers this
patient new biography as a corrective to the scientific and moral shakiness
of the more admiring writers who have come before him. Using archival
information that they neglected, he has nonetheless faced the same
inaccessibility of [von Brauns] widow, his children, and his American
relatives, who seem to regard all biographical study of von Braun as a kind
of posthumous deportation hearing, one that always carries the possibility
of his being ejected from the American Cold War pantheon and repatriated to
the ruins of the Third Reich.
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