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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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Publisher's Summary

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

What the Critics Say

"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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    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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    Tim Spring Hill, FL, United States 01-16-11
    Tim Spring Hill, FL, United States 01-16-11 Member Since 2009

    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

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    "GREAT BOOK on the Rocket Race"

    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.

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    V. Reggiannini Boston, MA 09-12-09
    V. Reggiannini Boston, MA 09-12-09 Listener Since 2001

    Great Eebookeneezer

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    "Informative, straight-forward."

    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.

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    Milan Belgrade, Serbia 10-01-12
    Milan Belgrade, Serbia 10-01-12
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    "Unsung heroes of space race"
    What did you love best about Red Moon Rising?

    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.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Red Moon Rising?

    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.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Definitely, since starting it I used every moment I could spare from work to listen.


    Any additional comments?

    It got me hooked on exploring more books on space race

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    Hans Australia 08-31-09
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    "Well worth a read"

    A very interesting story which tells the full story of the complete space race.

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    David H Palo Alto, CA United States 08-07-14
    David H Palo Alto, CA United States 08-07-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Interesting and quick read."

    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.

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    It's a thrill to hear the story of the Space Race from the Soviets' perspective. I loved every bit of this.

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    Tish AUSTIN, TX, United States 07-11-14
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    "Narrator got lost on the way to a b-grade thriller"

    The book does manage to be informative and interesting, but seemingly in spite of itself. The narration makes the worst of purple prose by reading it off like a movie trailer. The try-hard prose would've been unfortunate enough if read normally, but the dramatic reading veers into outright irritating. Ending chapters with "sinister climax! Suspense!" sound bites is just insult added to injury. The subject matter is interesting enough on its own; the flair actively detracts.

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    Whitney United States 01-20-12
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    "Truly an amazing piece of history. A must read!"
    What made the experience of listening to Red Moon Rising the most enjoyable?

    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!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Red Moon Rising?

    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.


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    Bill United States 04-21-14
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    Great book. Recommend to anyone wanting to learn about the beginning of the Space Race.


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