Ms. S. Bowes

Helpful votes received on reviews: 88% (36 of 41)
Location: Surrey, England


Top Reviewer Ranking: 4,019,906 - Total Helpful Votes: 36 of 41
Red Moon Rising: Sputnik and the Rivalries That Ig&hellip by Matthew Brzezinski
2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Hoboy. One of the main faults in the otherwise delightful and generous American national character is a myopic and obsessive self-centredness, which comes out starkly in the previous reviews. Without Sergei Korolev, my Yankee friends, there would have been no space race, no Apollo 11, no giant leap for mankind ...
I find it intensely depressing that the American attitude to the space race seems to be one of constant denigration of the magnificent Russian effort, the one that took the lead, pioneered almost all of the milestones, and stunned the world. Why is this? Agreed, you hated their system - well, so do I, I cannot forgive it for what it did to so many of the finest minds in the… Read more
Epic Rivalry: The Inside Story of the Soviet and A&hellip by Von Hardesty
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Ripping Yarns, 9 Oct 2007
I ordered this book not expecting much; an uninspired retread, totally biased towards the Americans, illustrated with the same old photos we've all seen hundreds of times before; Saturn V on Launch Pad, Korolev Holding Dog etc etc ... how many times have I been let down while trying to find out something new about the Space Race!
Imagine my delight, then, when this book turned out to be the complete opposite! The writers (and the picture researcher) have really pulled their fingers out, and have taken their remit seriously. The book is full of new information (I was particularly fascinated by the accounts of the building of the Cape Canaveral and Baikonur spaceports) as well as a set… Read more
Space Race: The Battle to Rule the Heavens by Deborah Cadbury
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Reading this story, one finds it hard to shake off the feeling that there was some kind of fate in the stories of both Wernher von Braun and Sergei Korolev. Both were energetic, brilliant space visionaries, with the clout and charisma to see their dreams through, both should have died young, in the conflagrations of Stalin purge and war respectively, yet they didn't ... and was it a coincidence that both ended up on each side of the Cold War superpower divide, so both had both the political and monetary backing necessary to achieve their hugely expensive dreams? It was as if Something had decreed that it was necessary for humankind to get into space, and therefore Korolev and von Braun were… Read more

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