The Space Race: The Untold Story of Two Rivals and Their Struggle for the Moon

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Fourth Estate, 2005 - Manned space flight - 372 pages
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"The story of the race into space is marked by the greatest superpower rivalries, political paranoia, and technological feats of the twentieth century. But until now, we have only known half the story. With the end of the Cold War, a generation of secrets and cover-ups has been revealed, bringing a historic opportunity: the unmasking of the true heroes and villains behind the biggest race of mankind." "In this fast-paced account, Deborah Cadbury pits the Americans' chief rocket designer, ex-Nazi Wernher von Braun, hurriedly white-washed by the US to lead the way, against the obscure Russian engineer Sergei Korolev - a genius known only as the 'Chief Designer' - whose story has long remained a mystery. Both were men of their times, but with visions that were timeless. And both were prepared to go to extraordinary lengths to see the fulfilment of their dreams." "Von Braun had almost limitless funds and the best minds that could be sourced from the entire globe. Korolev had a budget so tight that initially his engineers used cardboard boxes as drafting tables. They both sent astronauts into space not knowing for sure whether they would ever be seen again. The world watched as the American and Soviet teams, impervious to disaster, took the fight for the coveted prize right up to the wire - but there could only be one winner." "Deborah Cadbury, in this book, combines sheer adventure and nail-biting suspense with a moving portrayal of the human dimension to this epic struggle. Using source materials never before seen, she tells the story of the Cold War, of espionage and ambition, of ingenuity, passion, and the final, mind-bending voyage beyond the bounds of the Earth."--BOOK JACKET.

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Review: Space Race: The Epic Battle Between America and the Soviet Union for Dominion of Space

User Review  - Jonathan - Goodreads

A great yarn brilliantly and entertainingly told. Deborah Cadbury is a superb writer, I would read anything she writes. Read full review

Review: Space Race: The Epic Battle Between America and the Soviet Union for Dominion of Space

User Review  - Goodreads

This is a very well researched and pieced together book about the dynamics of the space race between the US and USSR Contains good bibliographical references. Cadbury, in this volume, presents an ... Read full review


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Deborah Cadbury is the award-winning TV science producer for the BBC, including Horizon for which she won an Emmy . She is also the highly-acclaimed author of 'The Seven Wonders of the Industrial World', 'The Feminisation of Nature', 'The Dinosaur Hunters', 'The Lost King of France' and 'Space Race'.

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