Red Moon Rising Sputnik and the Hidden Rivalries That Ignited the Space Age

ISBN-10: 080508147X

ISBN-13: 9780805081473

Edition: 2007

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For the fiftieth anniversary of Sputnik, the behind-the-scenes story of the fierce battles on earth that launched the superpowers into space nbsp; The spy planes were driving Nikita Khrushchev mad. Whenever America wanted to peer inside the Soviet Union, it launched a U-2, which flew too high to be shot down. But Sergei Korolev, Russia’s chief rocket designer, had a riposte: an artificial satellite that would orbit the earth and cross American skies at will. On October 4, 1957, the launch of Korolev’s satellite, Sputnik, stunned the world. InRed Moon Rising, Matthew Brzezinski takes us inside the Kremlin, the White House, secret military facilities, and the halls of Congress to bring to life the Russians and Americans who feared and distrusted their compatriots as much as their superpower rivals. Drawing on original interviews and new documentary sources from both sides of the Cold War divide, he shows how Khrushchev and Dwight Eisenhower were buffeted by crises of their own creation, leaving the door open to ambitious politicians and scientists to squabble over the heavens and the earth. It is a story rich in the paranoia of the time, with combatants that included two future presidents, survivors of the gulag, corporate chieftains, rehabilitated Nazis, and a general who won the day by refusing to follow orders. Sputnik set in motion events that led not only to the moon landing but also to cell phones, federally guaranteed student loans, and the wireless Internet.Red Moon Risingrecounts the true story of the birth of the space age in dramatic detail, bringing it to life as never before.
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Book details

List price: $26.00
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Henry Holt & Company
Publication date: 9/18/2007
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 336
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.298
Language: English

Matthew Brzezinskiwas a staff writer forThe Wall Street Journalin Kiev and Moscow from 1996 through 1998, having previously reported from Poland and other Eastern European countries forThe New York Times, The Economist, The Guardian(London), andThe Globe and Mail(Toronto). He is currently a freelance writer and a frequent contributor toThe New York Times Magazine.He lives in Washington, D.C.

Prologue
The Request
Jet Power
Trials and Errors
Tomorrowland
Desert Fires
Pictures in Black and White
A Simple Satellite
By the Light of a Red Moon
Something for the Holidays
Operation Confidence
Goldstone Has the Bird
Epilogue
Notes
Acknowledgments
Index
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