Living Through the Space Race

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William S. McConnell
Greenhaven Press, 2006 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 135 pages
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For more than forty years the United States and the Soviet Union engaged in a tense ideological standoff that pitted the democratic, capitalist West against the Communist East. This rivalry formed the backdrop for people leading ordinary lives in both nations. The constant threat of nuclear war, saber rattling by political leaders, tense diplomatic skirmishes, and proxy wars in Vietnam and Korea characterized the era. Through it all, citizens attempted to decipher the truth amid the propaganda and carry on with as much normalcy as possible. The Living Through the Cold War series captures the tenor of life during this anxious era. Each anthology in the series highlights one event, era, or facet of the Cold War with a special emphasis on its impact on everyday society. The speeches of political leaders-both American and Soviet-convey the rhetoric of the times. Newspaper and magazine articles chronicle the events and analyze their societal impact. Personal narratives give voice to the frustrations fears, and aspirations of ordinary people. With their varied sources, these volumes go beyond the historical events to reveal the human dimensions of the Cold War. Included in the volumes are: Introductions provide contexts Annotated tables of contents Chronologies Bibliographies for further research Indexes

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The Superpowers Launch
The Conquest of Space Must Be a Peaceful Effort

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