Considering what von Braun achieved during his life - whether you admire him or not - he surely deserves better treatment than this. At the end of the book what do we know of the man? That he was pushy, boorish and vulgar. That he was a self-publicist and ever a man with an eye to the main chance. If this is not the case, then the book must bear the blame for creating this impression. We hear that he could captivate audiences and convince sceptics, but none of the inane accounts of his wit and wisdom indicate a man who possessed these powers. The book overloads with useless information. Why did we have to know the shortened name of almost everyone in the book: William H 'Bill' Pickering; facts about men which bore no relevance to their part in the book: 'gifted writer/handball champ Michael Collins'; and recollections of events from friends and colleagues which told nothing of von Braun the man or the scientist/engineer. There were no interviews with his family and those colleagues who were interviewed seemed to speak to von Braun rather than about him. We were told of colleagues who did not like him, but no evidence was presented as to why they might have felt this way. We were left with the suggestion that they were 'jealous'. While this might be acceptable in a teen novel, something more is expected in a book with the pretensions of this one. We did not find out what anyone genuinely thought of him and his achievements or (for an author who had apparently such access to him)what von Braun thought of himself. Hard questions of his past were avoided in preference for this superficial account. This man may indeed by a flawed colossus of the twentieth century, but it will take a book of greater quality than this to do him justice.