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Sputnik: The Shock of the Century | [Paul Dickson]

Sputnik: The Shock of the Century

On October 4, 1957, as Leave It to Beaver premiered on American television, the Soviet Union launched the space age. Sputnik, all of 184 pounds with only a radio transmitter inside its highly polished shell, became the first man-made object in space. While it immediately shocked the world, its long-term impact was even greater, for it profoundly changed the shape of the 20th century.
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On October 4, 1957, as Leave It to Beaver premiered on American television, the Soviet Union launched the space age. Sputnik, all of 184 pounds with only a radio transmitter inside its highly polished shell, became the first man-made object in space. While it immediately shocked the world, its long-term impact was even greater, for it profoundly changed the shape of the 20th century.

Washington journalist Paul Dickson chronicles the dramatic events and developments leading up to and emanating from Sputnik's launch. Supported by groundbreaking, original research and many recently declassified documents, Sputnik offers a fascinating profile of the early American and Soviet space programs and a strikingly revised picture of the politics and personalities behind the facade of America's fledgling efforts to get into space.

By shedding new light on a pivotal era, Paul Dickson expands our knowledge of the world we now inhabit, and reminds us that the story of Sputnik goes far beyond technology and the beginning of the space age, and that its implications are still being felt today.

©2007 Paul Dickson; (P)2007 Spoken Books Publishing

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"Dickson...completely understands the lure and lore of Sputnik and has done a solid job of synthesizing prior books on the subject." (Publishers Weekly)

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    "Out of this world"

    This is an excellent accounting of the effects of Sputnik on sciene and politics. It does not have much technical information but rather focuses on how Sputnik penetrated the minds and hearts of americans. The accounting also describes the 40'', 50's and 60's which provides a nce walk down memory lane of those times.

    If you remember bomb shelters, the cold war and Krushchev banging his shoe at the UN, you will enjoy this fascintating story.

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    Dominic Redmond, WA, USA 12-17-07
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    "Great Insights"

    This is an invaluable key to understand te world we live in and the amazing technology changes over the past 50 years

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    "Apollo 2?"

    Describing America's moon program, the narrator described Apollo 2's trip to the moon in 1969. Apollo 2? It took me a few seconds to realise that he misread Apollo 11. After that blooper, I just couldn't take the rest of the book seriously. What's the audio equivalent of a proofreader?

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    "More about social impacts then anything else"

    Not a bad book, but I expected more science and techology focus. Very focus on the social impacts.

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