Red Moon Rising: Sputnik and the Rivalries that Ignited the Space Age

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Bloomsbury, 2008 - Space race - 322 pages
On October 4 1957, the Soviet Union secretly launched Sputnik, Earth's first artifical moon. Powered by a car battery, it passed over the stunned American continent once every 101 minutes and propelled the USSR from backward state to superpower and pioneer of the Space Age. This is the pulse-racing story of a time when two nations and ideologies were pitted against each other in a quest that laid the foundations of the modern technological world.

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A thrilling read. I previously read the more voluminous book "Cold War: For 45 years, the world held its breath" published in the same series, and enjoyed it a lot. Hence, it was an obvious ... Read full review

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After being hugely impressed by Matthew Brzezinski's Isaac's Army I thought I'd try his earlier book about the history of the development of the early missiles - from the V2 in WWII up to the first US ... Read full review

About the author (2008)

Matthew Brzezinski served as Moscow correspondent for the Wall Street Journal in the mid-1990s. His book on Russia's post-communist chaos, Casino Moscow, was published by the Free Press in 2001. Post-9/11, Matthew Brzezenski covered homeland security for the New York Times Magazine. His last book, Fortress America, about the counter-terror effort and post-9/11 paranoia, was published in 2004.

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