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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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  • Paperback: 410 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons (11 Mar. 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0471327212
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471327219
  • Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 2.8 x 23.7 cm
  • Customer reviews: 4.5 out of 5 stars32 customer ratings
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 366,567 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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

Synopsis

This text details and analyzes the history of the Soviet space programme and tells the story of its charismatic founder Sergei Korolev. Although virtually unknown both in his own country and in the West, Korolev is considered by experts to be as, if not more, important than Wernher von Braun. Harford traces the space programme from the 1930s to the 1970s, focusing on the man who started the "space race" and dominated the programme until his death in 1966. It shows how a huge military-industry-university complex comprised of gifted, dedicated engineers and scientists met the gigantic challenge of pioneering the space age under a repressive, secretive regime with limited technology. This is a personal story in which Korolev emerged from imprisonment as a spy in a Siberian gulag to full freedom to lead the space programme he dominated until his sudden death, which is still shrouded in mystery. The evolution of the Soviet space programme, which created the Space Age, is one of the most important developments of the 20th century.

The book is based on extensive interviews with and memoirs of participating engineers and scientists, as well as family and friends of Korolev; the author was involved with the U.S. space programme for more than 40 years and his association with those who participated in the Soviet space programme goes back to 1959.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Buon libro del grande progettista
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5.0 out of 5 stars Korolev, le génie méconnu
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4.0 out of 5 stars ソ連の宇宙開発史
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Bayard B.
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent biography of Korolev and story of the Soviet rocket, space, and attempted lunar landing programs.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Drama Made All The More Exciting By Lucid Writing Style & Accurate Historical Reporting
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Hugh Lowther
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent research into the 'hidden' side of the Space Race
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5.0 out of 5 stars Korolev aimmed for the stars!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good work
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5.0 out of 5 stars Not too late to remember the space age
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4.0 out of 5 stars More than a biography
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must read
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent on many levels
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