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Dark Side of the Moon: Wernher Von Braun, the Third Reich, and the Space Race

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An investigation of the roots of the first moon landing forty years ago, "Dark Side of the Moon" reaches back to the reactionary modernism of the Third Reich, using the life of Wernher von Braun as its narrative path through the crumbling of Weimar Germany and the rise of the Nazi regime. Von Braun, an opportunist who could apply only tunnel vision to his meteoric career, stands as an archetype of myriad twentieth-century technologists who thrived under regimes of military secrecy and unlimited money. His transformation from developer of the V-2 ballistic missile for Hitler to an American celebrity, as the supposed genius behind the golden years of the US space programme in the 1950s and 1960s, raises questions about the culture of the Cold War, the shared values of technology in totalitarian and democratic societies, and the imperatives of material progress.

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Author Wayne Biddle
Binding Hardback
Condition New
Pages 288
ISBN-13 9780393059106
Publisher W. W. Norton


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