Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies Program on Energy and Sustainable Development Stanford University


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Book Review

David Holloway - Raymond A. Spruance Professor of International History and FSI Senior Fellow; CISAC Faculty Member; Forum on Contemporary Europe Research Affiliate; CDDRL Affiliated Faculty

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New York Times, page(s): BR17

Book Review of Wayne Biddle's, Dark Side of the Moon: Wernher von Braun, the Third Reich, and the Space Race.

"Many books have been published to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the 1969 landing of the first men on the moon. Wayne Biddle’s “Dark Side of the Moon” is not celebratory. As the title suggests, it is a deeply skeptical account of the early life and career of Wernher von Braun, who played a key role in the German rocket program before and during World War II. Von Braun was brought to America in 1945 and was later the leader in developing the Saturn V booster rocket that launched the Apollo 11 mission into space. A NASA Web site describes him as 'without doubt, the greatest rocket scientist in history.'"