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Korolev: How One Man Masterminded the Soviet Drive to Beat America to the Moon
This text details and analyzes the history of the Soviet space programme and tells the story of its charismatic founder Sergei Korolev. Although virtually unknown both in his own country and in the West, Korolev is considered by experts to be as, if not more, important than Wernher von Braun.
Paperback, 432 pages
Published March 11th 1999 by John Wiley & Sons
(first published March 25th 1997)
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If you don't know who Sergei Pavlovich Korlev was, you should. He was the mastermind behind the Soviet space effort, the man responsible for Sputnik. His efforts kept the Soviets ahead in the space race until his death in 1966. This would be remarkable enough on its own, but his story becomes still more remarkable when you realize that he survived being denounced and consigned to the Stalinist gulag, only to be rehabilitated and ultimately become integral to rocket and missile design efforts und ...more
Feb 18, 2014 Jeffrey Williams rated it it was amazing
If you are not familiar with the space race between the U.S. and Soviet Union from 1946-1969, this book would bore you. If you have a degree of familiarity with the subject, this tome will fascinate you. Harford does a fabulous job in his depiction of Sergei Pavlovich Korolev, the "Chief Designer" of the Soviet space program. He was able to interview several of the engineers and designers who worked under Korolev (who died in 1969), shortly after the fall of the Soviet Union. By utilizing these ...more
A good biography of Sergei Korolev, chief engineer responsible for OBK-1 design bureau during the early part of the Space Race. Korolev was a key ingredient in the enormously successful space shots of the USSR beginning with the R-7 launch system, Sputnik, follow-on satellites and payloads, Vostok (which took Gagarin up in April 1961), Voskhod, and Soyuz. He was also in charge of the ill-fated N-1 lunar launch vehicle system, but since he died in 1966 that program and the Soviet space efforts in ...more
A very rare and extremely well researched/written account on the history of Soviet space era. There is nobody in the US or any other places where one person is responsible for tasks stretching from management, design, fabrication, launch and control of all manned and unmanned programs in a space program. The book is like a fresh breeze, different from the abundant historical accounts of US space program.
A fascinating look at the central figure in the Soviet space program, told by a space race insider. Having interviewed nearly everyone who was associated with the Soviet program and willing to discuss their role, this book stands apart from other Soviet space race narratives for its readability.