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Korolev: How One Man Masterminded the Soviet Drive to Beat America to the Moon: How One Man Masterminded the Soviet Drive to Beat the Americans to the Moon Paperback – 11 Mar 1999
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"In this exceptional book, James Harford pieces together a most compelling and well–written tale . . . must reading."–Space News
"A fascinating and perceptive history of the Russian space program.... Avid space enthusiasts will find this story a necessary addition to their knowledge of space exploration."–Christopher C. Kraft, Jr., former Director of Flight Operations, NASA
"His erudite and meticulously researched charting of the life and times of Korolev provides unique insights. . . . This is a fascinating book . . . for the space expert and enthusiast alike. Great stuff."–New Scientist
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Good background in 30th anniversary year of Apollo 11
This is the first English language analysis, using Russian sources, of the Soviet lunar landing scenario, especially useful in this 30th anniversary year of Apollo 11. Author interviewed some 60 Russian colleagues of Korolev, chief designer of the Soviet program. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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The man on the screen is Korolev, subject of Harford's exceptionally researched biography. As it turns out, Korolev was indeed "off the screen" of world events of the time. The very idea is so contrary to American impulses -- having a huge role to play in the glamourous, headline-grabbing battle of superpowers -- and remaining anonymous. This story is one of keeping what could have been a justifiably enormous ego under excruciatingly tight wraps. Perhaps it is a story which Americans now need to hear, in this age of media hype and instantly manufactured celebrities.
Harford tells of Korolev's rise to prominence in the Soviet space program with real passion. He does not, however, idealize, as he is careful to present many diverse opinions from many sources. Most of these come from deep within that bureaucratic enigma of Russian space engineering and research organizations. All told, however, the Chief Designer's life and times invoke tremendous respect and admiration. The pressures this man faced, developing the manned space flights as well as military missiles as well as spy sattelites ... as well as coping with a paranoid leadership which insisted on optimum results with far from adequate resources. Job stress redefined on a new level!Read more ›
There might be better Korolev biographys around but it you cant find any and are interested in the subject then read this.
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I strongly recommend Contest for the Heavens, by Claus Jensen - The Road to the Challenger Disaster. This is gave me a fascinating perspective from the other side - i.e. Read morePublished on 9 Aug. 1998
This is a must have for any person who has looked into the history of the Space Race. Sergei Korolev is one of the few persons in the Space Race that we know very little of; before... Read morePublished on 8 April 1998
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