Red Moon Rising

Red Moon Rising

Sputnik and the Hidden Rivalries That Ignited the Space Age

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The behind-the-scenes story of the fierce battles on earth that launched the superpowers into space. Khrushchev was frustrated at America's U-2 spy plane, which flew too high to be shot down. But Russia's chief rocket designer, had an answer: an artificial satellite that would orbit the earth and cross American skies at will. The launch of Sputnik on October 4, 1957, stunned the world. 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. Journalist 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 rivals. It is a story rich in the paranoia of the time.--From publisher description.
Publisher: New York : Times Books, 2007
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 080508147X (alk. paper)
9780805081473 (alk. paper)
Branch Call Number: 629.410904 BRZ
Characteristics: 322 p., [8] p. of plates : ill. ; 25 cm

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dixiedog
Dec 31, 2016

Matthew Brzezinski’s ‘Red Moon Rising’ is a must read for any 20th Century history buff. It takes the reader from the last few days of World War II as Germany collapsed to a period just after the space race began with the launch of Sputnik I on October 4, 1957 and shortly thereafter Sputnik II. American Armed Forces and the Soviet Forces rushed to obtain: documentation, drawings, equipment parts, assembled scientific systems and weapons of destruction, as well as Germany’s elite scientists and technicians, those who had developed Germany’s vast and advanced war machine.
Every other chapter the story goes back and forth to inform the reader about what weapons and technology were being developed in America and then in the Soviet Union in the first half of the Cold War. It describes the ongoing struggle between President Dwight D. Eisenhower and Soviet leader, Nikita Khrushchev; the genius of Sergei Korolev, the Chief Designer of the Soviet missile program, and the cunning and ambitious nature of Senator and future President Lyndon B. Johnson.

About two months after America was so wholly embarrassed with the failure of the US navy’s Vanguard missile launch on December 6, 1957, the tenacious Major General John Bruce Medaris gave hope to his nation with America’s answer to Sputnik. Explorer was launched January 31, 1958 by the USA about four months after Sputnik circled the earth and woke up the sleeping giant.

I found the Epilogue particularly informative. It was such a surprise to read that Khrushchev’s son Sergei, who had fulfilled his father’s dream when he became an engineer and earned his doctorate, became a rocket scientist, and eventually moved to America, and became a fellow at Brown’s University. This book is highly recommended by Senior Doctor-at-Bass! D. A.

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jodfong
Dec 06, 2016

Another title for the book could be "Missiles of the Cold War". Good read on the minds that started the space race and a great look into the thought process and actions of some of the era's most important, yet somewhat secret, Cold War contributors.

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andremar
Sep 29, 2011

This book is great!

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