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[i]Neufeld does not portray Von Braun as evil but, rather, as a man like Goethe's Faust, who "uses his infernal powers to build great engineering works for what he believes to be the betterment of mankind." Faust mistreats his workers and inadvertently kills people in his way, but he feels no guilt, because "he cannot accept personal responsibility."[/i]
[i]Neufeld likens von Braun to a Faustian figure - not Christopher Marlowe's, who sold his soul to the devil for the possession of earthly powers, but Goethe's Faust, who for the sake of grand engineering accomplishments made himself complicit in the devil's work. He gives von Braun well-merited due, pointing to the managerial talents, including remarkable charm, drive, intellect, and energy, that he brought to the successive projects of long-range rocketry, both in Germany and the United States. He was indispensable to the V-2 effort and a brilliantly effective leader at Huntsville.[/i]
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