Rocket man : Robert H. Goddard and the birth of the space age / David A. Clary.
Author: Clary, David A.
Edition: 1st ed.
Publisher: New York : Hyperion, 2003.
9780786887057 (pbk. : LSI)
0786887052 (pbk. : LSI)
Description: xxvi, 324 p.,  p. of plates : ill. ; 25 cm.
Subject: Goddard, Robert Hutchings, 1882-1945.
Rocketry United States Biography.
Contents: Justice for Bob Goddard -- Anniversary Day -- Something impossible will probably be accomplished -- Some first-rate work yet -- Extreme altitudes -- Professor has perfected invention for exploring space -- This flight was significant, as it was the first -- Nell -- Great adventure in New Mexico -- He was a hobbyist -- Have to carry on alone -- One of the pities of the present war time -- We have collaborated in serving Bob's memory -- Into fields of the immortals.
Summary: Goddard (1882-1945) was the most famous scientist in America between the world wars, and his fame continued to grow after his death until 1960, when the biography This High Man proved too holographic, and scientists and historians began to object. He became a historical footnote, but Clary (history, Eastern New Mexico U., Roswell) wants to shed light on the man, not the legend he and his heirs made of him.