September 18, 2007
September 18, 2007
The first book to capture both the Soviet and American sides of the event that started the space race and changed our world.
On October 4, 1957, a time of Cold War paranoia, the Soviet Union secretly launched the Earth's first artificial moon. No bigger than a basketball, the tiny satellite was powered by a car battery. Yet, for all its simplicity, Sputnik stunned the world.
Based on extensive research in the US and newly opened archives in the former USSR, Red Moon Rising tells the story of five extraordinary months in the history of technology and the rivalry between two superpowers. It takes us inside the Kremlin and introduces the Soviet engineer Korolev, the charismatic, politically-minded visionary who motivated Khruschev to support what others dismissed as a ridiculous program. Korolev is virtually unknown to most Americans, yet it is because of him that NASA exists, that college loan programs were started in the US, and that Kennedy and Johnson became presidents.
Character driven, suspenseful, and dramatic, Red Moon Rising unveils the politics, people, science, and mindset behind a critical and transformative world event.
Cold War politics and science merge in this dramatic account of the launch, in 1957, of Sputnik, the first man-made satellite. Matthew Brzezinski tells of this stunning effect on American officials and citizens--and how it spurred the United States to ramp up its own space projects. Brzezinski explains the science behind both countries' efforts, while also explaining how even science at its most rational can be used for political gain by both superpowers, and to spread irrational fear by political parties within the U.S.
- Online Item #: 14046699
- Store Item Number (DPCI): 248-80-0844
- ISBN: 9781598875232
- Item can be gift wrapped.
- Made in the USA or Imported