- Taschenbuch: 624 Seiten
- Verlag: Vintage; Auflage: Trade Paperback (11. November 2008)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 9780307389374
- ISBN-13: 978-0307389374
- ASIN: 0307389375
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 15,4 x 3,1 x 23,4 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 4 Kundenrezensionen
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 2.186 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
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"Surpasses all previous books about [von Braun]. . . . Deeply researched, vigorously written, and balanced in its judgments."—The Boston Globe"A serious, important book that does justice to its subject's moral complexity and place in history."—Los Angeles Times Book Review “Neufeld's thoroughly satisfying biography . . . written in clear, fast-paced prose, offers the most complete, fully documented and critical account that the imperfect documentary record is likely to yield.”—The New York Times Book Review “A historian's masterpiece, will become the definitive biography.”—American Scientist
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Michael Neufeld is the museum curator in the Space History Division of The Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum. He was educated at the University of Calgary and The Johns Hopkins University, where he received his doctorate in history. His book The Rocket and the Reich: Peenemunde and the Coming of the Ballistic Missile Era was published by The Free Press in 1995 and was awarded the AIAA History Manuscript Award and the SHOT Dexter Prize. He lives in Maryland.Alle Produktbeschreibungen
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Es ist grundsätzlich erst einmal interessant, die Geschichte der Raketenentwicklung so konzentriert zu lesen. Der Autor, Michael J. Neufeld, hat sich enorme Mühe gegeben, alle Aspekte v Brauns Leben und Handeln so genau wie möglich darzustellen. Die zahlreichen Quellenangaben zeigen sehr deutlich, was da für Arbeit drin steckt. Sehr sorgfältig, vor allem ohne jegliche Polemik, wird auf die Problematik des Arrangements mit dem Hitlerapparat eingegangen, den ‚Faustschen Pakt‘, den v Braun geschlossen hat, um so sein technisches Ziel zu erreichen, die Raumfahrt. Es wird Kritik geäußert, wo immer es angebracht und nötig ist. Man erkennt, wie schwierig es für einen Menschen ist, unter den Gegebenheiten der Diktatur zu lavieren, um ein Ziel zu erreichen ohne kaltgestellt zu werden. Die Situation, in der sich v Braun befand, wird greifbar dargestellt. Man kann nur jedem raten, diese Biographie sorgfältig zu lesen, bevor man leichtfertig und emotional v Braun aburteilt.
Neufeld ist als Kurator beim Smithonian’s National Air and Space Museum in Washington und damit an hervorragender Stelle, die notwendigen Informationen zu erhalten. Er hat, im Rahmen seiner Recherchen, natürlich auch verschiedene Stätten in Europa aufgesucht.
Das Buch ist ein Muß für jeden, der sich für Wernher von Brauns Biographie interessiert.
Now being busy in science and technology myself there is nobody around who is able to provide me proper answers to my questions regarding these terrible years and in particular the bargains scientists were making with the regime at that time.
For that reason, I am extraordinary grateful to Michael Neufeld for this biography. As a chair of the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum he has done a trememdous job in putting together Wernher von Braun's biography, illuminating the mindset of the society into which he had been born and in which he had been educated. He draws a clear picture of the personality which emerged from that and which had a burning desire to advance into space. Actually so much focused on this single point that virtually any concession would be acceptable, finally ending in a faustian bargain with a terror regime which was willing to pay his checks. But he ignored the terrible price others had to pay for that.
von Braun's biography is, to my opinion, not only a well balanced view on his own life but, moreover, a serious reminder for any scientist and engineer to critically review their individual role in further advancement of technology. While reading the book I often caught myself trying to imagine me and my colleagues in such an environment and how we would have reacted.
Von Braun: Dreamer of Space, Engineer of War (Vintage)To my opinion it is a must-read for anybody working in science and technology reminding them about our responsibility not only with respect to the present but ultimately with respect to future generations.
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I have two complaints: first, the author tends to get opinionated in regards to politics in some places. I'd rather not provide specific examples, but suffice it to say that the author seems to have felt compelled to blame all of America's issues in the 1960s and 70s on certain political groups. There is no place for this in a balanced biography.
Second, I felt that this book could have been more readable. At times the text seemed stuffy and long-winded.
Otherwise, this is the first biography of von Braun I recommend to anyone.
I felt this book contained almost too much detail, and often found myself "speed reading" over certain details of his family life but never those concerning his controversial life. I believe this fine book was the result of a fairly unbiased point of view and find myself agreeing with the book's closing remarks.
I was also very saddened to read that great efforts were made by his influential friends to convince federal authorities to award his life's work with some grand gesture. It was further saddening to learn that several figures in government circles having the power to influence this decision refused to do so because of his early work in Germany. It is only clear to me now that von Braun was never completely forgiven for developing the V-2, and only permitted to use his talent for our side during the cold war. Perhaps he should have been greatful for that alone, but I believe he wished for much more.
When he was finally awarded a great civilian medal for his technical and managerial accomplishments (by President Carter), the man who received this hard won gesture was a fragment of his former self. He was described by friends as a "skelton wrapped in skin" while enduring relentless pain under the equivalent of hospice care. Of course, camp workers were denied anything like hospital care, but I really feel he paid the ultimate price we all must, and with what I believe was a heavy heart. He must have understood full well that he was never forgiven for his early work and probably never would be. He ultimately suffered a painful and protracted death of cancer.
As an individual inspired by von Braun's accomplishments I think he made as great an impact on the history of space and rocket research as one person could possibly accomplish. He had a grand vision of man's future in space, and shared that vision with all of us brilliantly. We were made a part of his dream and I believe the country remembers how special those days were as we closed in on the moon. The price he was willing to pay to accomplish his personal goals for that future supported war efforts in two countries and pushed the barriers of technology. That, in part, is the reason the author calls him the Faust of 20th century. He is acknowledged by everyone to have been a compelling public speaker, a talented engineer and an excellent manager, but I think he was also a very great American.
Nice overview of the development of rocketry in the military and NASA.. warts and all.