I recommend this book to anyone interested in understanding the story behind the Sovjet space program. You will also learn a lot about their early missile program, and how the Sovjet leaders thought about space travel.
Charles is a great narrater, that made this story interesting and easy to listen to, also for a person that don't have English as their first language (like myself)
I'm just a geek, have been my entire life.. Also a PADI OWSI (scuba instructor) who has guided whitewater and caving trips,diverse interest
This audio book kept me listening to the end, never a dull moment!!!! I wish all historical audio books were as interesting as this one.
I liked the book. Some interesting history and the background to the dawn of the space race. The narrator had a tone and pace that was neither over-bearing or monotonous.
It was revelation to learn how space age only come to be as collateral of nuclear proliferation and that (on USSR side at least) people most deserving were doomed to live in absolute anonymity.
Listening to recreation of moments when first satellite was launched, even with having hindsight of how it went (spoiler alert - it was success :) I was still experiencing uncertainty.
Definitely, since starting it I used every moment I could spare from work to listen.
It got me hooked on exploring more books on space race
Interesting story. Seems a little light. It was interesting to learn about Sergei Korolev and Bruce Medaris, but I didn't get more than a quick sketch of each of these figures. There are plenty of little details of great interest, about the founding of NASA and DARPA, which are included in the story. It was also interesting views of Eisenhower, Nixon, and Johnson. I do think it's worth a read.
It's a thrill to hear the story of the Space Race from the Soviets' perspective. I loved every bit of this.
I inside look at the space race and the cold war politics that drove it. I learned so much from this book. Truely an incredible story of science fact!
The fact that our own government kept us from launching the first satellite before the USSR. Our own government forced Von Braun's Jupiter C rocket to fly 1,300 lbs. of sand as a second stage to keep his rocket from going into orbit. All because the elected officials wanted there pet Navy Vanguard program to be the first to orbit.
Great book. Recommend to anyone wanting to learn about the beginning of the Space Race.
I was impressed with various topics covered within this book. While the central theme revolved around the launching of the first satellite, this book touched on topics such as the relationships within the Kremlin, the White house, and between the USA ans Germany post-WWII. This is not the limit of those topics, but just a sampling.
As such, this is an excellent read for anyone who grew up in that era or who can recall the cold war. Of course, if you're young enough to have heard of these things and are curious, this book will be of interest. It should be of interest to everyone, as it shows how politics and personalities can, and still do, drive national policy.
The author managed to weave all of these elements into a well paced and flowing work. The material in this work could have been very dry if presented wrong, but Mr. Brzezinski managed to breath much life into this book. He's the type of history teacher I wish I had.
If you read just one book about cold war history, make it this one.