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

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Harper Collins, Jun 26, 2007 - History - 400 pages
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One of the most exhilarating true adventures in history, the race into space was marked by courage, duplicity, political paranoia, astonishing technological feats, and unbelievable triumphs in the face of overwhelming adversity. It is the story of an unparalleled rivalry between superpowers and of the two remarkable men at the center of the conflict. On the American side was Wernher von Braun, the camera-friendly former Nazi scientist, who was granted hero status and almost unlimited resources by a government panicked at the thought of the Cold War enemy taking the lead. The Soviet program was headed by Sergei Korolev, a former political prisoner whose identity was a closely guarded state secret. Korolev was expected to—and did—work miracles on a shoestring budget, his cooperation assured through intimidation and threats of possible disgrace or death. These rivals were opposite in every way, save for one: each was obsessed with the idea of launching a man to the Moon.

Deborah Cadbury's extraordinary history combines action and suspense with a moving portrayal of the space race's human dimension. Using source materials never before available, she tells a riveting story of the espionage, ambition, ingenuity, and passion behind humankind's mind-bending voyage beyond the bounds of Earth.

  

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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  - Jeffrey Williams - 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

Contents

The Race for Secrets
1
The Black List
11
The Germans Have Set Up a Giant Grill
24
Kill Those German Swine
37
First of All to the Moon
49
The Race for Supremacy
63
Weve Got the Wrong Germans
65
I Am Not Guilty
77
The Race to Orbit
177
America Sleeps Under a Soviet Moon
179
Show Us What You Can Do
193
Why Arent You Dead?
206
Who Should Be Sent to Die?
227
The Race for the Moon
251
Friends Before Us Is the Moon
268
Were Burning Up
297

Get Dressed You Have One Hour
94
Did You Understand About the Warrant?
110
The Race to Space
129
A Second Moon
131
Close to the Greatest Dream of Mankind
153
A Race for Survival
166
Go Baby Go
310
One Small Step
325
Bibliography
341
Index
355
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About the author (2007)

Deborah Cadbury is the highly acclaimed author of several books, including Dreams of Iron and Steel, The Lost King of France, and Terrible Lizard. She has also won numerous international awards as a television producer for the BBC. She lives in London.

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