Two Sides of the Moon: Our Story of the Cold War Space Race

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Macmillan, Feb 21, 2006 - Biography & Autobiography - 448 pages
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"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."
---Astronomy magazine


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A solid dual history of the space race with interwoven Russian and American narratives. Leonov's perspective is more interesting because it's less familiar . . . Scott, though he comes off as a single ... Read full review

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Soviet cosmonaut Leonov (the first man to walk in space) and American astronaut Scott together relate two sides of the Cold War battle to reach the moon. 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
In the Footsteps of Captain Cook
Cowboy from Siberia
Smooth as a Peeled Egg

Did You See God?
The Eagle and the Bear

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About the author (2006)

David Scott is one of the twelve men to have walked on the Moon. He flew three space missions: first as pilot of Gemini 8 in 1966, then as command module pilot on Apollo 9 in 1969, and finally as commander of Apollo 15 in 1971. He went on to found two private companies, applying his technological expertise in the arena of commercial space, and has also acted as technical advisor on the film Apollo 13 and Tom Hanks's award-winning series From the Earth to the Moon.

Alexei Leonov was born in Siberia in 1934. He was among the first group of cosmonauts selected in 1960 and flew two space missions: first as pilot of Voskhod 2 in 1965 and then in 1975 as commander of Soyuz 19 during the Apollo-Soyuz Test Project. He is currently vice president of Russia's Alpha Bank.

Christine Toomey, cowriter, is an award-winning journalist with the Sunday Times (London).

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