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The Plot Against America, Philip Roth

Posted in alternate history, biography, books, sf with tags on May 13, 2010 by Matt

What if…Charles Lindbergh made a surprise bid for the 1940 Republican presidential nomination, took the White House, and proceeded to form a pact with Nazi Germany to keep America out of the World War brewing up in Europe and Asia, while simultaneously initiating policies to encourage “America’s religious and national minorities to become further incorporated into the larger society.” Most to the point of this book, how would those events have affected little “Phil” Roth, 9 years old and growing up in an urban, almost entirely Jewish, New Jersey neighborhood.

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Von Braun: Dreamer of Space, Engineer of War, Michael J. Neufeld

Posted in biography, books, history with tags , on May 3, 2010 by Matt

Wernher von Braun was one of the preeminent technological figures of the second half of the 20th century, and the man for whom the term “rocket scientist” was largely coined, regardless of the fact he considered himself a rocket engineer, rather than a scientist. He’s apparently also, with Edward Teller, one of the motivator’s for President Eisenhower’s parting warnings against the influence of the military-industrial complex; and one of the inspirations for Kubrick’s Dr. Strangelove. He is also one of the most successful engineering leaders of history, having led the development the Saturn V rocket that propelled the Apollo moon-landing missions to orbit, and which never failed in operation.

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