Two Sides of the Moon: Our Story of the Cold War Space Race
"An extraordinary book."
---Arthur C. Clarke Space was one of the most fiercely fought battlegrounds of the Cold War, the Moon its ultimate beachhead. In this dual autobiography, Apollo 15 commander David Scott and cosmonaut Alexei Leonov, the first man to ever walk in space, recount their exceptional lives and careers spent on the cutting edge of science and space exploration--and their participation in the greatest technological race ever--to land a man on the Moon. With each mission fraught with perilous tasks, and each space program touched by tragedy, these parallel tales of adventure and heroism read like a modern-day thriller. Cutting fast between their differing recollections, this book reveals, in a very personal way, the drama of one of the most ambitious contests ever embarked on by man, set against the conflict that once held the world in suspense: the clash between Communism and Western democracy. Through the men's memoirs, their courage, passion for exploration, and determination to push themselves to the limit, emerge not only through their triumphs but also through their perseverance in times of extraordinary difficulty and danger. "Two Sides of the Moon is unique among space histories. If you are looking for a balanced, interesting, and personal account of the American and Soviet space programs during the 1960s and 1970s this is it."
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Review: Two Sides of the Moon: Our Story of the Cold War Space RaceUser Review - Stephen - Goodreads
In another setting, Alexei Leonov and David Scott could have been the cause of the other's death. Fighter pilots from empires at odds with one another, intermittently on the edge of war with the fate ... Read full review
Review: Two Sides of the Moon: Our Story of the Cold War Space RaceUser Review - Kenneth - Goodreads
Loved this book. It's just amazing to read about man's jorney to space. It was not easy to reach the moon, all the trials and failure. Man learns from every mistake. Read full review
Foreword by Neil Armstrong vi
High on Flight
Cold War Warriors
Red Star White Star
A Fair Solar Wind
Death of a Visionary
A Violent Tumble
Dark Side of the Moon
Did You See God?
The Eagle and the Bear