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Red Moon Rising: Sputnik and the Hidden Rivals That Ignited the Space Age | [Matthew Brzezinski]

Red Moon Rising: Sputnik and the Hidden Rivals That Ignited the Space Age

On October 4, 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.
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On October 4, 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 U.S., 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.

©2007 Matthew Brzezinski; (P)2007 HighBridge Company

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"The writing is fast-paced and crisp...Yet even more than his absorbing narrative, Brzezinski's final analysis has staying power." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Thomas Chapel Hill, NC, United States 06-25-09
    Thomas Chapel Hill, NC, United States 06-25-09 Member Since 2006
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    "awesome"

    One of my favorites. Well read (except for the eery 1950s communist background music that is interspersed at the end/beginning of some of the chapters that comes out of nowhere). As a space race/apollo fan i woudl like to think i knew a fair bit about the milestones in this area, but this book is full of stuff you don't get anywhere else, especially the inner workings of the USSR. Well paced, and in the end, has a great summary of the impact of these decisions on the next 40 years of history. Just awesome, highly highly recommeneded.

    21 of 21 people found this review helpful
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    Olaf Jakarta, Indonesia 10-03-10
    Olaf Jakarta, Indonesia 10-03-10

    German by birth - cosmopolitan by conviction. A CFO enjoying dynamic and multicultural Asia. Classic car and history buff and scuba diver.

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    "Outstanding"

    Excellent writing - so much historic facts and very objective behind the scenes information. I have listened to about 25 audiobooks so far in this year and this is the one I have enjoyed the most. Charles Stransky as narrator also did a great job - his reading style and the voice makes listening joyful and I hope there will be more books coming out narrated by him.

    15 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    Justin OKLAHOMA CITY, OK, United States 03-20-12
    Justin OKLAHOMA CITY, OK, United States 03-20-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Incredible information"

    As a fan of Cold War history, I thought this a wonderful exploration of the pre-glamour years of the Space Race. The book explored the deep connection between the arms race and space race to a degree that's often overlooked. Like so many accounts, this book makes me wish I had been around for this unique time in history.

    As has been mentioned, the interspersion of dramatic music is annoying, and I tend to wonder if the narrator correctly pronounces Sergei Korolev's name, but the book is nevertheless absolutely worth your time.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    John Columbus, OH, United States 10-06-11
    John Columbus, OH, United States 10-06-11 Member Since 2009
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    "The Real Story of the Start of the Space Race"

    I am admittedly a bit biased, being a fan of space exploration since childhood, but this is a terrific book. It thoughtfully lays out the political underpinnings on both sides of the Cold War that detoured the race for the 1st effective ICBM into a race to put the first artificial satellite in orbit. Likewise, it exposes the technical hurdles and how each group sought to overcome them. It is amazing to consider that mere years after the invention of the transistor and a little over a decade after WW2, both the U.S. and the Soviet Union were actually capable of putting an artificial satellite in orbit. I blinked in disbelief reading how after launch a technician hurredly worked a slide rule, manually calculating during flight when to press a button to start the 2nd stage of a rocket in flight. The Soviets in particular showed an amazing practicality and sang froid which allowed them to overtake the U.S. and score the historical first. There are many details which flesh out and enrich the story of the nascent U.S. and Soviet satellite efforts. Even being familiar with the outlines of the story, I learned many fascinating and disturbing details - and Brzesinski isn't afraid to show Korolev and Von Braun's many personal and professional faults - and demons lurking in their respective pasts. His account of the struggle to all important primacy and especially the launch sequences are written grippingly. This is an excellent book and I highly recommend it not only to those interested in the space race, but those interested in U.S. and Soviet politics and history of the period.

    Narration was fine but, as mentioned elsewhere, the dramatic music, emphatic countdown in Russian, and rocketlift off sound at the beginning of each half were a little jarring. :-)

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    James Tacoma, WA, United States 05-18-11
    James Tacoma, WA, United States 05-18-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Pound for Pound…one of best histories read!"

    To those who remember The Right Stuff by Tom Wolfe…this book covers what was left out!!...the origins of space race and dooms day scare. Better than fiction, Brzezinski details the unseen struggle between the USSR and the US…the genius of Korolev, the surprising US treatment of Werner Von Braun. Unbelievable!! Mysteries revealed, cold war history that few will ever know. Recommended as...a MUST read...for the military history fan!

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    Flying Yak BC, Canada 04-26-11
    Flying Yak BC, Canada 04-26-11 Member Since 2007

    Flying Yak

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    "Great Listen - Gripping Story"

    This is one of the few audiobooks I've managed to listen to "cover to cover" (twice, at that). The writing style and the narrator make this as much an engaging story as it is a history lesson. The focus is on the race to put a satellite in space and the aftermath, but the story also sets up the origins of the space race in a broader sense.
    Listening to this book made me want to know more about the "characters" that drive the story; Korolev and the Russian scientists, Von Braun and his rockets, and even the political players.
    I'd love to see more books written in this style that cover other phases of the space race as well.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Bellevue, WA, United States 08-12-10
    Michael Bellevue, WA, United States 08-12-10
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    "Spell-binding behind-the-scenes history"

    I was born in 1956, when several of the key events in this book took place, so I found myself feeling very connected to the story. And, like many of my generation, I was totally tuned in to the space race in the 1960's. What a different perspective to hear how it really happened. Highly recommended.

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    David FLINT, MI, United States 06-11-13
    David FLINT, MI, United States 06-11-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Incredible story in exciting detail"
    Would you listen to Red Moon Rising again? Why?

    Yes - learned so much, need to go back and pick up the details


    What did you like best about this story?

    The description of the rockets, interludes to world affairs, character profiles


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Waiting for the signal from Sputnik!


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Benjamin Roseville, MI, United States 05-30-13
    Benjamin Roseville, MI, United States 05-30-13 Member Since 2011

    History and Politics Professor at the American University of Iraq; lover of BBC Radio 4 comedies, Histories, and the occasional novel.

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    "Well-researched & well-written! Great book!"
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    This is a great title for space buffs (like me), for Cold war history buffs (like me, though I am a history professor so I guess I am more than a "buff") and even for World War II fans, as this story picks up at the close of that awful conflict. The writing is great-the opening scene, where the author slightly anthropomorphizes a V-2 rocket, is riveting! As a specialist in modern technological history, I have no major problems with the scholarship-but read this book because it's fun, and just learn stuff along the way! Highly recommended!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Goran Sweden 12-04-12
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    "A great story about the history of space travel"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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.


    What about Charles Stransky’s performance did you like?

    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)


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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