Dark Side of the Moon: Wernher von Braun, the Third Reich, by Wayne Biddle

By Wayne Biddle

A gorgeous research of the roots of the 1st moon touchdown 40 years ago.

This illuminating tale of the sunrise of the gap age reaches again to the reactionary modernism of the 3rd Reich, utilizing the lifetime of “rocket scientist” Wernher von Braun as its narrative direction during the crumbling of Weimar Germany and the increase of the Nazi regime. Von Braun, a blinkered opportunist who might observe merely tunnel imaginative and prescient to his meteoric occupation, stands as an archetype of myriad 20th century technologists who thrived below regimes of army secrecy and limitless funds. His seamless transformation from developer of the lethal V-2 ballistic missile for Hitler to an American superstar because the meant genius at the back of the golden years of the U.S. area application within the Fifties and Sixties increases haunting questions on the tradition of the chilly warfare, the shared values of expertise in totalitarian and democratic societies, and the imperatives of fabric progress.

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