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Strange Angel
Strange Angel
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About the Book

Now a CBS All Access series created by Mark Heyman with executive producer Ridley Scott.

ROCKET SCIENTIST KILLED IN PASADENA EXPLOSIONscreamed the headline of the Los Angeles Times. John Parsons, a maverick rocketeer who helped transform the rocket from a derided sci-fi plot line into a reality, was at first mourned as a scientific prodigy. But reporters soon uncovered a more shocking story: Parsons had been a devotee of black magic.

George Pendle re-creates the world of John Parsons in this dazzling portrait of prewar superstition, cold war paranoia, and futuristic possibility. Fueled by childhood dreams of space flight, Parsons was a leader of the motley band of enthusiastic young men who founded the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, a cornerstone of the American space program. But Parsons's wild imagination also led him into the occult- for if he could make rocketry a reality, why not magic?

With a cast of characters including Howard Hughes, L. Ron Hubbard, and Robert Heinlein, Strange Angel explores the unruly consequences of genius.


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Product Details
  • ISBN-13: 9780156031790
  • Publisher: Mariner Books
  • Publisher Imprint: Mariner Books
  • Depth: 25
  • Language: English
  • Returnable: Y
  • Spine Width: 22 mm
  • Weight: 359 gr
  • ISBN-10: 0156031795
  • Publisher Date: 01 Feb 2006
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Height: 203 mm
  • No of Pages: 368
  • Series Title: English
  • Sub Title: The Otherworldly Life Of Rocket Scientist John Whiteside Parsons
  • Width: 135 mm


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