Space Race: The Epic Battle Between America and the Soviet Union for Dominion of Space
|Rating||:||4.60 (905 Votes)|
|Number of Pages||:||400 Pages|
Korolev was expected to—and did—work miracles on a shoestring budget, his cooperation assured through intimidation and threats of possible disgrace or death. It is the story of an unparalleled rivalry between superpowers and of the two remarkable men at the center of the conflict. Using source materials never before available, she tells a riveting story of the espionage, ambition, ingenuity, and passion behind humankind's mind-bending voyage beyond the bounds of Earth.. One of the most exhilarating true adventures in history, the race into space was marked by courage, duplicity, political paranoia, astonishing technological feats, and unbelievable triumphs in the face of overwhelming adversity. These rivals were opposite in every way, save for one: each was obsessed with the idea of launching a man to the Moon.Deborah Cadbury's extraordinary history combines action and suspense with a moving portrayal of the space race's human dimension. On the American side was Wernher von Braun, the camera-friendly former Nazi scientist, who was granted hero status and almost unlimited resources by a government panicked at the thought of the Cold War enemy taking the lead. The Soviet program wa
. While von Braun's reputation has suffered immeasurably from the release of secret files revealing his use of slave labor under the Nazis, Korolev, though unacknowledged in his lifetime, today remains a hero in Russia. Driven to beat the Americans, Korolev and his team of long-suffering scientists and technicians, working with inadequate funding, threw together spacecraft of dubious quality and launched them into space. From Publishers Weekly Cadbury (Dreams of Iron and Steel) focuses on two men "obsessed by the same vision locked in an unparalleled contest" to reach outer space: one is the cold, char
"The US-USSR race to space from the perspective of the men leading the programs" according to Amazon Customer. If there's one thing more difficult than making history interesting to a general audience, it's writing a history of scientific achievement. While Deborah Cadbury's Space Race is not a perfect work, it does a worthy job of telling the history of the race between the United States and the Soviet Union to achieve supremacy in space. Cadbury makes this more than dry scientific history by looking. Not a Spaced Out Tale! W. C. HAKE I just finished this work by Deborah Cadbury. As pointed out by other reviewers, this work tracks the evolution and early development of the U.S. & Soviet space programs primarily through the stories of its' two prime movers; Von Braun and Korolov. I can't answer to the overall factual soundness here, but there are a ton of them worked into the narrative without slowing down the pace of the s. Great overview I came to maturity during the great space race to the Moon, and later worked on the Space Transportation System (AKA "Space Shuttle") program. I've also read quite a few books on the subject, and this is clearly one of the best.