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Rocket Man: Robert H. Goddard and the Birth of the Space Age

David A. Clary

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ISBN 10: 0786887052 / ISBN 13: 9780786887057
Published by Hyperion Books, New York, New York, U.S.A., 2004
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Hyperion, New York. 2004. Softcover/Trade Wraps. Stated First Edition/First Printing. Book is tight, square, and unmarked. Inscribed by the author on the front verso. Book Condition: Fine. No DJ. Pictorial Wraps. Wraps are not bent or folded; spine is not creased or split. 324 pp. More famous in his day than Einstein or Edison, the troubled, solitary genius Robert H. Goddard was the American father of rocketry and space flight, launching the world's first liquid-fuel rockets and the first powered vehicles to break the sound barrier. A well-researched portrait of Robert Goddard shows him to be a hero and a visionary in the history of space technology. A clean pristine copy. Bookseller Inventory # 000699

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Title: Rocket Man: Robert H. Goddard and the Birth ...

Publisher: Hyperion Books, New York, New York, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 2004

Binding: Soft cover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: No Jacket

Signed: Inscribed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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Now in paperback, the life and legacy of the much-overlooked yet highly influential Robert Goddard--the brilliant, eccentric, and controversial pioneer of the space age.

More famous in his day than Einstein or Edison, the troubled, solitary genius Robert H. Goddard was the American father of rocketry and space flight, launching the world's first liquid-fuel rockets and the first powered vehicles to break the sound barrier. Supported by Charles Lindbergh and Harry Guggenheim, he devised the methods that carried men to the moon. Today, no rocket or jet plane can fly without his inventions.

Yet Goddard is the "forgotten man" of the Space Age. After the Germans launched the V-2 missiles of World War II, the American government usurped his 214 patents and suppressed his contributions in the name of national security, until it was forced to pay one million dollars for patent infringement. Goddard became famous again; monuments and medals raining upon his memory. But his renewed fame soon faded, and Goddard's pivotal role in launching the Space Age has been largely forgotten--until now.

About the Author:

David A. Clary, former chief historian of the U.S. Forest Service, is the author of numerous books and other publications on military and scientific history. He has served as consultant to several government agencies and teaches history at Eastern New Mexico University at Roswell, where he resides.

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