Escape from Earth A Secret History of the Space Rocket

Review :

Riveting book, carefully researched and well written. Incredible story including technical innovation, Communism and a sex cult: wilder than fiction. Especially eye-opening (to me) was the fervor of Communism in pockets around the country, including Cal Tech where a lot of the early action takes place. I knew a reasonable amount about McCarthyism and his trumped-up anti-Communism, but little about the movement that led to it. This book follows a handful of key folks in the development of early rocketry, including the impact that their ideology had as McCarthyism swept the nation.

Utterly fascinating book, engagingly told.


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