The Voice of Dr. Wernher von Braun: An Anthology
by Irene E. Willhite (Editor)
Review by Ernest Lilley
Collector's Guide Publishing Inc Paperback ISBN/ITEM#: 1894959647
Date: 01 May 2007 List Price $22.95 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Official Info /
What we learn, in this collection of speeches from Von Braun, is that selling space to the government has always meant getting popular support. Von Braun launched the space program not just with massive boosters, but with a thousand words spoken to the public.
Through this collection of speeches we get a rare look into the mind of one of space exploration's most important pioneers. In a time when other scientists were content to discuss outlandish ideas about spaceflight in ivory towers, Von Braun took his message to "the man who pays the bill" exciting the public about the prospects of spaceflight. Here are speeches made to educators and children, dentists and carpenters, military officers and members of the ministry. Von Braun's talks may well have been a contribution equal to his engineering in advancing man's journey into space. Recommended.