Countdown – A History of Space Flight

Author: T.A. Heppenheimer

This book comprehensively covers the history of space flight up to the 1990s (it was first published in 1997). It extends from Oberth’s and Goddard’s early thoughts on space flight, through World War II and the military development of rocketry, then on through the Cold War and beyond.  Chapters cover the 1960’s space race and subsequent missions and exploration.