Space Race: The Battle to Rule the Heavens (text only edition)

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HarperCollins UK, May 3, 2012 - History - 384 pages
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From the author of ‘Seven Wonders of the Industrial World’, the ebook edition of the TV tie-in charting the shocking but true story behind the space race – and the ruthless, brilliant scientists who fuelled it.

With the end of the Cold War it is now possible to reveal its generation of secrets and cover-ups, bringing an historical opportunity: the unmasking of the true heroes and villains behind the race to be the first to conquer space.

This is one of the greatest stories in history, beginning in the throes of the Second World War and spanning through to the moon landings. With the US and Russia pitched against one another during the Cold War, it was the race to create the most powerful rocket and dominate the world, culminating in 1969's 'giant leap for mankind'. The most pioneering and high-risk experiments ever undertaken cost untold millions – and hundreds of lives, as mistakes were made, some too horrific to be made public.

It is a tale that plays out against a backdrop of communism and espionage. Buried within this multi-million-dollar battle between nations, are the dramatic accounts of the individuals who seek to be the winners at any cost. With ex-Nazi Wernher von Braun on the American side pitted against the enigmatic Sergei Korolev on the Soviet side, this revealing new history shows the extent to which politics and personal ambition combined to create an explosive race for the glory of victory.

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Space race: the epic battle between America and the Soviet Union for dominion of space

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The basis for a forthcoming four-partNational Geographic series, this captivating account by Emmy Award-winning BBC producer and historian Cadbury (Dreams of Iron and Steel ) reveals how two ... Read full review

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Though the early parts of the book are fascinating (particularly the sections about the Russian space program), the later parts (the Apollo program) seem rushed & compressed. I will give it credit for making me want to learn more about the "space race", however. Read full review


The Black List
The Germans have set up a giant grill
Kill those German swine
First of all to the moon
The Race for Supremacy
Weve not got the right Germans
I am not guilty
Get dressed You have one hour
The Race to Orbit
America sleeps under a Soviet moon
We really are in a great hurry
Why arent you dead?
Which one should be sent to die?
The Race to the Moon
Friends before us is the moon
Were burning up

Did you understand about the warrant?
The Race to Space
A second moon
Close to the greatest dream of mankind
A Race for Survival
How can we get out of this mess?
One small step

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About the author (2012)

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 Feminisation of Nature’ and ‘The Dinosaur Hunters’.

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