Escape from Earth by Fraser MacDonald audiobook

Escape from Earth: A Secret History of the Space Rocket

By Fraser MacDonald
Read by Oliver Wyman

PublicAffairs, Public Affairs, Hachette Book Group 9781610398718
12.14 Hours Unabridged
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The incredible true story of Frank Malina, the man who first launched a rocket into space--but was written out of American history because of his ties to Communism during the McCarthy era. Most history books contain no mention of Frank Malina, the man who founded NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab, who built the first rocket ever launched into extraterrestrial space, and whose overall scientific achievements rank with those of the Wright brothers. Malina can't be found in the history books, but the FBI has a thick file on him. He was a committed Communist, and his political life eventually overwhelmed his considerable scientific one. It led to tension with his government superiors, ultimately getting him fired; it determined the fate of his marriage, which ended in divorce; and eventually forced him to flee the country. This rich, dramatic story is told here by Fraser MacDonald, a historian of science with a deep command of this material and a flair for storytelling. His prose is confident and wryly funny, never failing to catch a fascinating detail. Based on a wealth of newly discovered information, this book will make you rethink the story of humanity's greatest achievement.

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The incredible true story of Frank Malina, the man who first launched a rocket into space--but was written out of American history because of his ties to Communism during the McCarthy era.


Most history books contain no mention of Frank Malina, the man who founded NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab, who built the first rocket ever launched into extraterrestrial space, and whose overall scientific achievements rank with those of the Wright brothers.


Malina can't be found in the history books, but the FBI has a thick file on him. He was a committed Communist, and his political life eventually overwhelmed his considerable scientific one. It led to tension with his government superiors, ultimately getting him fired; it determined the fate of his marriage, which ended in divorce; and eventually forced him to flee the country.


This rich, dramatic story is told here by Fraser MacDonald, a historian of science with a deep command of this material and a flair for storytelling. His prose is confident and wryly funny, never failing to catch a fascinating detail. Based on a wealth of newly discovered information, this book will make you rethink the story of humanity's greatest achievement.

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Author Bio: Fraser MacDonald

Author Bio: Fraser MacDonald

Fraser MacDonald is a lecturer in human geography at the University of Edinburgh where he teaches historical geography and the history of science. He has a regular by-line at the London Guardian and has also written for Aeon Magazine, The Herald, The Age, The Australian, the LRB Books blog, among other publications.

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Available Formats : CD
Category: Nonfiction/Science
Runtime: 12.14
Audience: Adult
Language: English