Kibalchich to Korolev. Growing Up in Ukraine: Broken Family, Bolsheviks, Gliders. To Moscow: Tupolev, Tukhachevsky, First Rockets. The Gulag and Sharaga Years. The German V–2: Bedrock Technology. The World′s First ICBM: Aimed at the USA. Sputnik: No Big Deal to Khrushchev–At First. Unmanned Firsts: Hitting the Moon and Venus. Gagarin First, Shepard an Anti–climactic Second. Voskhod: A "Circus Act." Spy Sats and Com Sats. The Organization: Korolev Up and Down. The Technology: Simple but Reliable. The Party, the Paranoia. Racing Apollo: The Odds Were Enormous. The End of Anonymity: Burial in the Kremlin Wall. After Korolev: Demise of the Circumlunar and Lunar Landing Missions. Ironic Epilogue. Appendix. Notes. Bibliography. Index.