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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
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    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.

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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.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    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.

    4 of 4 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.

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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

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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.

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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

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    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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    Hans Singapore 08-31-09
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    A very interesting story which tells the full story of the complete space race.

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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.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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