Escape from Earth: A Secret History of the Space Rocket

December 7, 2020
Escape from Earth: A Secret History of the Space Rocket

The long-buried truth about the dawn of the Space Age:lies, spies, socialism, and sex magickLos Angeles, 1930s: Everyone knows that rocketsare just toys, the stuff of cranks and pulp magazines.Nevertheless, an earnest engineering student named Frank Malinasets out to prove the doubters wrong. With the help of his friendJack Parsons, a grandiose and occult-obsessed explosivesenthusiast, Malina embarks on a journey that takes him from junkyards and desert lots to the heights of the military-industrialcomplex.Malina designs the first American rocket to reach space andestablishes the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. But trouble soon findshim: the FBI suspects Malina of being a communist. And when someclassified documents go missing, will his comrades prove asdependable as his engineering?Drawing on an astonishing array of untapped sources, includingFBI documents and private archives, Escape From Earthtells the inspiring true story of Malina's achievements—and thepolitical fear that's kept them hidden. At its heart, this is anIcarus tale: a real life fable about the miracle of human ingenuityand the frailty of dreams.