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Travelling to the Moon and the planets beyond has moved from the world of dreamers and Buck Rogers to the factual terrain of the daily papers and television news shows. This book tells the story of the men who did so much to make the impossible a reality. From a small group of amateur rocketeers led by Wernher von Braun, his rocket team grew into one of the most influential technological forces in this or any other century. This book discloses much previously classified information, particularly involving the British intelligence effort to learn about Hitler's heralded V1 and V2 'vengeance weapons'; to delay their going into action and to minimise their effectiveness once they were developed. The US and British documents, as well as information from von Braun himself, his papers, and interviews with the other members of his team, provide new insights into the wartime growth of rocketry. This revised edition includes a DVD with hours of previously unreleased videos of the German Rocket Pioneers, including two lectures by Wernher von Braun.
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CONTENTS: Stable Strategies for Middle Management; Fellow Americans; Computer Friendly; The Sock Story; Coming to Terms; Lichen and Rock; Contact; What Are Friends For?; Ideologically Labile Fruit Crisp; Spring Conditions; Nirvana High; Green Fire.

About the Author

Frederick I Ordway III worked with Wernher von Braun at the former Army Ballistic Missile Agency and later at the NASA-Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala. He is a member of many leading professional societies and is the author, co-author, or editor of more than thirty books and over two hundred articles.

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"A must-have edition to space flight libraries... the DVD is certainly recommended..." -- Spaceflight, December 2003. "Here is a deep, detailed and thoroughly involving history of the early days of rocket flight through to Skylab in the early 1970s. Never less than fascinating... ...to anyone interested in the history of space flight, this is esential reading...a gold mine of new information." -- The Observatory, June 2004. Reviewed in Telescopium, Journal of the Swedish Astronomical Society, Summer 2004.

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