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The U.S. entered the Atomic Age without realizing that the Missile Age had begun. Forty tons of German documents unearthed by the Allies from a mine in the Harz Mountains helped piece together the tale of the Peenemunde experiments and the wartime development of the V-2, forerunner of today's missile concepts. The in-gathering of German scientists (Operation Paperclip which gave us Dr. von Braun) should have led to a formation of firm U.S. policy even before Korea. Baar and Howard are critical of delays during the Truman Administration, but even more scathingly critical of Eisenhower. More important than leveling blame, this book passes out long overdue and well deserved credit to the men who made possible the development of the Polaris missile system, the country's best item in the arsenal of deterrent hardware. This is also a biography of Rear Admiral William F. (""Red"") Raborn, Jr., head of the Special Projects office of the Navy, a one-man dynamo responsible for Polaris. Others on his team come in for their share of praise as well... An up-to-the minute book which should be considered carefully- both in view of its scientific findings and political implications.

Publisher: Harcourt, Brace