Red Moon Rising

Red Moon Rising

Sputnik and the Hidden Rivalries That Ignited the Space Age

Streaming Audiobook - 2007
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The first book to capture both the Soviet and American sides of the event that started the space race and changed our world. On October fourth, 1957, a time of Cold War paranoia, the Soviet Union secretly launched the Earth's first artificial moon. No bigger than a basketball, the tiny satellite was powered by a car battery. Yet, for all its simplicity, Sputnik stunned the world. Based on extensive research in the US and newly opened archives in the former USSR, Red Moon Rising tells the story of five extraordinary months in the history of technology and the rivalry between two superpowers. It takes us inside the Kremlin and introduces the Soviet engineer Korolev, the charismatic, politically-minded visionary who motivated Khruschev to support what others dismissed as a ridiculous program. Korolev is virtually unknown to most Americans, yet it is because of him that NASA exists, that college loan programs were started in the US, and that Kennedy and Johnson became presidents. Character driven, suspenseful, and dramatic, Red Moon Rising unveils the politics, people, science, and mindset behind a critical and transformative world event.
Publisher: [United States] : HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books : Made available through hoopla, 2007.
Edition: Unabridged.
ISBN: 9781598875287
1598875280
Branch Call Number: eAudiobook hoopla
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 audio file (11hr., 30 min.)) : digital.
Additional Contributors: hoopla digital
Restrictions on Access: Digital content provided by hoopla.

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Sep 23, 2014

Very well written and narrated book about the space race - it gives a very good historical perspective about the people and events around Sputnik.

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