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Space Race: The Battle to Rule the Heavens
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 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.
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on 4 March 2016
Absolutely brilliant. A fascinating and sometimes harrowing insight into the lives of these two men, without whom the space exploration we almost take for granted nowadays would not have developed. A view into a hidden part of history; if you have been captivated by Tim Peake's voyage to the ISS, or previously Helen Sharman aboard MIR, definitely read this book - interesting and upsetting but really makes you appreciate what we have today.
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on 14 September 2017
Excellent account of the space race - very informative in historical detail. Would definitely recommend this book to anyone interested in the race to the moon.
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on 3 March 2018
An really interesting entertain read, one slight disappointment lack of pictures but worth the read , it Kept me entertained.
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on 23 January 2017
Great! Space nuts will love this.
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on 31 December 2014
I'm a huge fan of the bbc serries accompanying this book, just informative as the documentary with allot more background.
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on 6 November 2017
Received quickly and great book
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on 22 September 2014
adds to our understanding of this desperate time.
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on 20 November 2016
Fantastic. Better than any fiction. An amazing story, very well written.
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on 28 February 2013
An excellent book with very interesting facts, have always been interested in the space race, its really an eye opener for anyone who is unfamiliar with all the details and how it all developed from WWII, an excellent read if your interested
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