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The Resource Red moon rising : Sputnik and the hidden rivalries that ignited the Space Age, Matthew Brzezinski

Red moon rising : Sputnik and the hidden rivalries that ignited the Space Age, Matthew Brzezinski

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Red moon rising : Sputnik and the hidden rivalries that ignited the Space Age
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Red moon rising
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Sputnik and the hidden rivalries that ignited the Space Age
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Matthew Brzezinski
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eng
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  • /* Starred Review */ The writing is fast-paced and crisp, the stakes high and the tension palpable from the first pages of this high-flying account of the early days of the space race between the U.S. and U.S.S.R., a race ignited by the Soviet launch of the first satellite, Sputnik, in 1957. Brzezinski (Fortress America ), a contributor to the New York Times Magazine , says this battle for military and technological control of space, part of the larger Cold War, had lasting consequences. Brzezinski illuminates how the space race divided Americans: for instance, then Sen. Lyndon Johnson wanted to aggressively pursue the race, but President Eisenhower thought the ambitious senator was merely seeking publicity. The author also dissects the failed American spin: despite White House claims that Sputnik was no big deal, the media knew it was huge. Sputnik II, launched a month later, was even more unsettling for Americans, causing them to question their “way of life.” The principals—Khrushchev, Eisenhower, John Foster Dulles, rocket scientist Werner von Braun—are vividly realized. Yet even more than his absorbing narrative, Brzezinski’s final analysis has staying power: although the U.S. caught up to the U.S.S.R., it was the Russians’ early dominance in space that established the Soviet Union as a superpower equal to America. (Sept.) --Staff (Reviewed June 18, 2007) (Publishers Weekly, vol 254, issue 25, p45)
  • The famous satellite's shiny metal orb reflects the entire nerve-racking history of Soviet/American relations during the Cold War. Brzezinski (Fortress America: On the Front Lines of Homeland Security—An Inside Look at the Coming Surveillance State, 2004, etc.) brings years of experience as a Moscow-based journalist to bear on his subject, the very earliest days of the space race. His exhaustive research among newly opened archives in both Moscow and Washington is evident. He begins with a terse, dramatic description of a V-2 rocket attack on London before moving on to the cutthroat contest between former allies to find, isolate and capture Hitler's rocket technology, including the visionary scientists like Werner Von Braun (see Michael J. Neufeld's Von Braun, 2007, for more information) who created it. The story is told in fast-paced, parallel narratives with the taut undertones of a spy novel as Brzezinski intertwines the Sputnik program's technical achievements with the global conflict growing between the emerging superpowers led by Dwight Eisenhower and Nikita Khrushchev. Though the author focuses primarily on events leading to the launch of Sputnik on October 4, 1957, subsequent chapters cover the launch of Explorer I, the first U.S. satellite in February of 1958. In the process, Brzezinski demonstrates, America and Russia both changed drastically as a new culture of competition emerged. His anecdotes range from absurd (Von Braun and actor Ronald Reagan host a Disney program on "Tomorrowland") to prescient (Eisenhower observes that a war waged with atomic missiles "would be just complete, indiscriminate devastation") to terrifying (as Moscow detonates its first atomic bomb, General Curtis LeMay grumbles over the lost opportunity to completely destroy Russia with an anticipatory atomic attack). Extrapolating the space race's impact on future technology, the author offers largely superfluous and obvious conclusions in the epilogue. Otherwise, his well-drawn expos of this fundamental conflict is first-rate.A chilling portrait of rocket scientists and cold warriors at work. (Kirkus Reviews, July 15, 2007)
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1965-
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Brzezinski, Matthew
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629.4/109045
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index present
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TL789.8.U5
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B784 2007
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non fiction
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bibliography
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  • Space race
  • Space race
  • Cold War
  • Sputnik satellites
  • United States
  • Soviet Union
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Sputnik and the hidden rivalries that ignited the Space Age
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Red moon rising : Sputnik and the hidden rivalries that ignited the Space Age, Matthew Brzezinski
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Includes bibliographical references and index
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Contents
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
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638565
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First edition.
Extent
322 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates
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9780805081473
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(alk. paper)
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2007008227
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  • (Sirsi) i9780805081473
  • (OCoLC)85692846
Label
Red moon rising : Sputnik and the hidden rivalries that ignited the Space Age, Matthew Brzezinski
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
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
Control code
638565
Edition
First edition.
Extent
322 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780805081473
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
2007008227
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations ;.
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780805081473
  • (OCoLC)85692846

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