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Red Moon Rising: Sputnik and the Hidden Rivalries that Ignited the Space Age.

RED MOON RISING: Sputnik and the Hidden Rivalries that Ignited the Space Age MATTHEW BRZEZINSKI

Following the end of World War II, the United States and Russia, erstwhile allies, began to vie for technological and military supremacy. The Russians saw in the United States a great force that threatened to take down Communism. Russian President Nikita Khrushchev wanted a tangible symbol that would demonstrate to the world his country's ability to defend itself. Brzezinski, a former Moscow correspondent for the Wall Street Journal, describes the tense political climate that characterized this period. With the launch of a tiny Russian satellite named Sputnik in 1957, the United States knew that it had vastly underestimated the Russians' technical prowess. Brzezinski captures the panic that ensued, recounting the Soviets' escalating advances in space technology and the pressures confronting both governments at the dawn of the space age. Times Books, 2007, 322 p., b&w plates, hardcover, $26.00.

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Publication:Science News
Date:Oct 13, 2007
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