The Rocket Team
by: Frederick I. Ordway III and Mitchell R. Sharpe
Listen to The Space Show interview with Fred
"This book was already a classic, but Apogee has made it even better by adding the wonderful DVD full of documentary footage. The Rocket Team deserves a place on the bookshelf of anyone intersted in the origins of the space age."
Andrew Chaikin, author of "A Man on the Moon."
Von Braun # 2 on list of "The Top 100 Stars of Aerospace", Aviation Week and Space Technology Magazine poll ranks Wright brothers #1.
Wernher von Braun has been named the second most important aerospace pioneer in history in a top 100 list. Over a million aerospace professionals in 180 countries cast their votes, which were tallied by IBM and announced in Paris in June 2003.
Author Frederick I. Ordway III accepted the award on behalf of the Von Braun family.
Traveling to the Moon and the planets beyond has moved from the world of dreamers and Buck Rogers to the factual terrain of the daily papers and television news shows. This book tells the story of the men who did so much to make the impossible a reality. From a small group of amateur rocketeers led by Wernher von Braun, his rocket team grew into one of the most influential technological forces in this or any other century. The Rocket Team discloses much previously classified information, particularly involving the British intelligence effort to learn about Hitler's heralded V1 and V2 "vengeance weapons"; to delay their going into action and to minimize their effectiveness once they were developed. The U.S. and British documents, as well as information from von Braun himself, his papers, and interviews with the other members of his team, provide new insights into the wartime growth of rocketry. FREDERICK I. ORDWAY III worked with Wernher von Braun at the former Army Ballistic Missile Agency and later at the NASA-Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala. He is a member of many leading professional societies and is the author, co-author, or editor of more than thirty books and over three hundred articles. MITCHELL R. SHARPE has been closely identified with the national space program for more than twenty years and is the author of several books on space flight. This revised edition includes a disc which includes rare videos and images of the Rocket Team at work.
Includes bonus DVD video disc with hours of rare videos of the German rocket pioneers, including a one hour lecture by Wernher von Braun. Available August / 2003
Review by John Kelly Florida Today:
"The Rocket Team." A little older, but a great companion to the Saturn book is this account of the German and American scientists who teamed up to develop the world's most powerful rocket. One of the authors, Frederick I. Ordway, worked with team leader Wernher von Braun.