Michael Neufeld is the museum curator in the Space History Division of The Smithsonian National Air and .
Michael Neufeld is the museum curator in the Space History Division of The Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum. He was educated at the University of Calgary and The Johns Hopkins University, where he received his doctorate in history. We were made a part of his dream and I believe the country remembers how special those days were as we closed in on the moon.
The first authoritative biography of Wernher von Braun, chief rocket engineer of the Third Reich-creator of the infamous V-2 rocket-who became one of the fathers of the .
This is a Borzoi book. Includes bibliographical references (p. -562) and index. Offers a multifaceted portrait of the visionary German scientist who became the chief rocket engineer of the Third Reich, creator of the V-2 rocket, reluctant SS officer, and one of the fathers of the .
The first authoritative biography of Wernher von Braun, chief rocket engineer of the Third Reich-creator of the infamous .
Neufeld’s thoroughly satisfying biography confirms the broad outlines of its subject’s life as they have been known for many years. Born to aristocratic parents in 1912, von Braun told his mother when he was about 10 that he wanted his life to turn the wheel of progress. A precocious child, he discovered rocketry and spaceflight in his teens and committed himself to putting men (including himself) on the Moon.
Michael J. Neufeld, whom you haven't heard of, has a book on Wernher von Braun, whom you probably also haven't heard of. . Neufeld, whom you haven't heard of, has a book on Wernher von Braun, whom you probably also haven't heard of unless you're A) over fifty, B) a serious space geek, or C) the child of serious space-geeks. Von Braun was a German engineer, creator of the V-2 rocket that bombed the United Kingdom, and the principle architect of the rockets that put Americans on the moon and ICBMs into missile silos in Wisconsin. Neufeld has gone through great pains to prove that the man was a Nazi, which he was, and that he knowingly used concentration camp labor, which he did. Personally.
Michael Neufeld has produced a definitive biography of Wernher von Braun, probably one of the most influential and certainly one of the most controversial figures in the history of technology in the twentieth century. These are the events which are probably of most initial interest to H-German readers; Neufeld marshals evidence to create a convincing interpretation of Braun's actions and decisions during this period. However, the book also contains an illuminating picture of the arch-conservative Junker background of Braun's early years. His book The Rocket and the Reich: Peenemunde and the Coming of the Ballistic Missile Era was published by The Free Press in 1995 and was awarded the AIAA History Manuscript Award and the SHOT Dexter Prize. He lives in Maryland.
Curator and space historian at the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum delivers a brilliantly nuanced biography of controversial space pioneer Wernher von Braun.
Chief rocket engineer of the Third Reich and one of the fathers of the U.S. space program, Wernher von Braun is a source of consistent fascination. Glorified as a visionary and vilified as a war criminal, he was a man of profound moral complexities, whose intelligence and charisma were coupled with an enormous and, some would say, blinding ambition. Based on new sources, Neufeld's biography delivers a meticulously researched and authoritative portrait of the creator of the V-2 rocket and his times, detailing how he was a man caught between morality and progress, between his dreams of the heavens and the earthbound realities of his life.