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5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating story behind the smoke and mirrors of Sputnik
I found this book thoroughly absorbing.
It gives an informative look at both communism and capitalism at their most (and least) effective.
Brzezinski has captured the tension applied by and to the American and Soviet governments, militaries and scientists quite brilliantly and tells the story of the political manoeuvrings, technical triumphs and disasters, and...
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3.0 out of 5 stars A straightforward intro for the early space race
Tells the story of "Sputnik and the rivalries that ignited the Space Age". Indeed it starts well with a very atmospheric description of a V2 launch against London, and then goes on to tell the story of the early pre Sputnik US and Soviet space programmes and the internal politics that lay behind them. Centre-stage is rightly given to von Braun, ex member of Hitler's SS...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful!, 10 Dec 2007
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D.Salter (Cape Canaveral) - See all my reviews
Very good book, original in the angles of its research, told in a readable, entertaining way. A great read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Bluff and double bluff, 3 Oct 2007
They are reading this book on Radio 4 this week. Fascinating. The story of the R7 rocket is instructive. They built the rocket like a posh Blue Peter effort to impress Kruschev, whacking great thing minus the inside bits that would have made it fly (or not?). This is the way tenders are made still, private corporations produce pretty pictures of pharmaceutical molecules not-yet-synthesised, PET and CAT scans promising the impossible etc. etc. The U.S. was also racing to produce the ultimate rocket ( spazce exploration? military?) and the SDI is the present day equivalent. About four years later Kruschev's rockets were deliberately spun by both sides to be threats of weaspons of mass destruction to the US itself - located in Cuba. Dear old Castro maintains to this day that that is what they were. I love him for it: why not spin to the spinners? But the real truth of the Cuba missile crisis is in another lovely book covering this period called THE ODDS ARE EVEN by Dr Gdala the historian.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Very Poor Biased Account of Space Race, 19 Sep 2008
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This review is from: Red Moon Rising: Sputnik and the Rivalries That Ignited the Space Age (Paperback)
Extremely poorly written and Biased account of the space race. Russians portrayed as sausage fingered drunks whilst Nazi's like Von Braun are portrayed as dashing heroes. Nothing in here that you couldn't find out by simply doing a google search.
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