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  • Paperback: 328 pages
  • Publisher: Naval Institute Press (15 Sept. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1591149274
  • ISBN-13: 978-1591149279
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 14.6 x 22.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 328,205 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Former editor of The Huntsville (Alabama) Times, Bob Ward has written extensively about space since 1957. He covered the von Braun rocket team for years as a reporter and as a correspondent to technical and trade periodicals in New York. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Marco Costanzi on 30 July 2006
Format: Hardcover
The book "Dr.Space: The Life of Werner Von Braun" is a tour-de-force in the art of fishing for anedoctical and personal-recall evidence in writing a biography of a most-important character of contemporary history. In this the author, B.Ward, has been a real master. Being a journalist who personally knew Von Braun and was accredited at NASA for years he had plenty of material to work upon; innumerable quotations and interviews with Von Braun himself and other people who surrounded him are a testimony of Ward's effort throughout the book. In addition he had a real worship for the character (and it shows), hence his continuous effort to put him in a good light. Actually Von Braun has been one of the leading scientists of this era and one of the brightest minds ever existed. He solved innumerable technical and managerial tasks on the brink of the impossibility to bring man to the Moon and beyond. In my opinion this simply does not pop out in B.Ward's work. It is maybe better a tool to understand the general mood and atmosphere of those years, than a way to reconstruct Von Braun's path to the Moon. Technical people like engineers and scientists could be disappointed by this book. I think it could be more interesting for those who study the sociology and the politics of the post-wwii period.
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"Dr. Space" is a nickname that was given to Dr. Wernher von Braun, the German-born rocket scientist whose work was crucial in allowing the US to reach their goal of a manned moon landing within the decade of the 1960s, as set by President Kennedy in his memorable speech of 1962.
"Dr. Space" is also the title of this biography about von Braun; a book I very much wanted and received as a birthday gift back in March from my sister.

The author, Bob Ward, knew von Braun personally through work: he was a young journalist assigned to cover space flight topics for his newspaper, and von Braun took him under his wings, teaching him what he needed to know about the physics of space flight in order to get his facts right.

Wernher von Braun was/is a controversial figure, and I am aware of what has been said and written against him as well as for him. Therefore, what I really like about this biography is that the author does not take sides. Instead, he collects whatever information he can gather about his subject, presenting it chronologically and in a manner neutrally enough for the reader to form his or her own opinion - as good, professional journalism should do.

Bob Ward knew and interviewed personally many of the people who worked closely with von Braun, many of them being also close personal friends, not just colleagues. He does not quote or cite anyone without a reference; there is a long list of source material in the book.

Also, there are two appendixes: one "Letter on Goddard Patents" and the other "Letter on Moral Responsibility in Hitler's Germany".
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By Nutwood Bear on 30 Jun. 2015
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A great read. His life covers an amazing range of history. At times you feel that he is being deified, so have only given it 4 stars. However the chapters are not so long that you get lost.
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By Stephen Murphy on 26 Jun. 2015
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Covers his wartime service, which is what I was interested in, well.
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