Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Review of "Rocket Genius," by Charles Spain Verral

Review of

Rocket Genius, by Charles Spain Verral

Five out of five stars

 Strong and convincing arguments can be made for Robert Goddard having been the most underappreciated genius every produced by American society. He was the intellectual and experimental grandfather to the deadly V2 rockets launched by Germany in the last months of World War II. When U. S. military personnel interviewed the German rocket scientists immediately after the war was over, they were puzzled, almost literally answering questions about how they did it with, “Why don’t you ask Goddard?”

 Although now dated regarding the use of rockets in the space programs, this book is still a valuable primer on the life of a true genius. Unfortunately, most of that recognition as a visionary took place long after his death.

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