The Space Race: The Untold Story of Two Rivals and Their Struggle for the Moon

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Fourth Estate, 2005 - Manned space flight - 372 pages
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From the author of Seven Wonders of the Industrial World, another highly anticipated TV tie-in charting the shocking but true story behind the space race - and the ruthless, brilliant scientists who fuelled it. The end of the Cold War finally reveals a generation of secrets and cover-ups, bringing a historical opportunity: the unmasking of the true heroes and villains behind the biggest race of mankind. This is one of the greatest stories in world history, beginning in the bloody throes of the Second World War and spanning through to the moon landings. With the two superpowers pitched against one another during the Cold War, this is 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 whose passion to be the winner of this dream at any cost. 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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Review: Space Race: The Epic Battle Between America and the Soviet Union for Dominion of Space

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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

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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


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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 Seven Wonders of the Industrial World', 'The Feminisation of Nature', 'The Dinosaur Hunters', 'The Lost King of France' and 'Space Race'.

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