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

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  • ISBN: 9781598875287 (sound recording : OverDrive Audio Book)
  • ISBN: 1598875280 (sound recording : OverDrive Audio Book)
  • Publisher: Minneapolis : HighBridge Co., 2007.

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General Note: Downloadable audio file.
Title from: Title details screen.
Duration: 11:34:45.
Summary, etc.: 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.
System Details Note: Requires OverDrive Media Console (file size: 166441 KB).
Mode of access: World Wide Web.
Subject: Space race > United States > History > 20th century.
Space race > Soviet Union > History > 20th century.
Cold War.
Sputnik satellites.
United States > Politics and government > 1953-1961.
Soviet Union > Politics and government > 1953-1985.
Genre: Audiobooks.

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