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Fascinating focus on the Soviet side of the space race
on 27 December 2016
Although the American efforts that culminated in the successful Moon landings are certainly covered, the author devotes more time to the Soviet side of space exploration. This was a sound decision, given that there are many excellent accounts of the winning side but relatively few of the losing one. Yet there are many fascinating stories from behind what was the Iron Curtain - in particular, the extraordinary personal story of Sergei Korolev, the brilliant "Chief Designer" who was fated to remain in the shadows until well after his death. The author is clearly sympathetic to the man, and it's hard not to share this view.
There are numerous individual accounts of the astonishing years that saw the Space Race run its course, but this one definitely provides significant new insights. Highly recommended to all who enjoy reading about mankind's quest for the stars.