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Red Moon Rising by Matthew Brzezinski
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Jul 17, 2011

it was amazing
bookshelves: air-and-space, all-time-favorites, aviation, cold-war, history-of-tech, nuclear-politics, rocketry, space, space-travel, russia
Read on July 17, 2011

This is an amazing book. A great cast of characters: Korolev, Kruschev, Werner Von Braun, Eisenhower, Nixon, and many more. Not as much rocket science as I would have liked, but so much great Russian and American cold war history that it more than makes up for it. I also found that the author tended to rely on a small number of sources, particularly Sergei Kruschev's memoirs...but ultimately the end result was so fascinating, and so far from what I already know anything about, that I never stopped being totally fascinated...I TORE through this book. A great story of twisting and turning Russian-American political intrigue, and a depressing view of just how much "human progress" in the '50s was actually driven by the arms race.

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