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Red Moon Rising by Matthew Brzezinski
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Oct 01, 2009

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Read in September, 2009

A nice story about the origin and history of the US/Soviet space race. Recounts the story from both the American and Russian sides, how Germany was looted for much of the initial equiptment, and what brought on the competition.

I learned a ton of fascinating things from reading this book. It tells how neither power really saw space as important until Sputnik made world headlines and brought the USSR into the light as a true technological superpower. From that point on the power of space exploration was realized as a powerful propaganda tool.

One man, Russian Sergey Korolyov, can probably be attributed as the single person to get man into the stars. This book recounts that tale.

Although there are some off-topic areas they do eventually lead into the full picture in the end and everything comes together. I do recommend the book if you want to really understand how mankind finally made it into space. Be prepared though for a lot of military history, since much of the early space programs came from that source.

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