V-2 (281 pp.)General Walter Dorn-bergerTranslated by James Cleugh and Geoffrey HallldayViking ($5).
In the early 1930s, a group of young Germans led by Wernher von Braun were playing with rockets on the outskirts of Berlin. Their object: to fly to the moon.
Their enthusiasm was great, but their funds were low, and their rockets behaved as might be expected of basement-built contraptions. In 1932, the German army gathered up rockets and experimenters and bore them away to secret laboratories Twelve years later, the great V-2 rockets slanted down on London at 3,600 m.p.h.