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Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Michael D’Antonio captures the wackiness of the first year of the space race as the Americans scrambled desperately to match the Soviets and President Eisenhower intervened to guarantee that the space program would not be run by the military.

On October 4, 1957, the Soviet Union successfully launched Sputnik I, the first artificial satellite into orbit around the earth. Little more than a month later, the Soviets launched Sputnik II. News of Sputnik created panic in Washington, DC, and throughout the United States. Within days, the US military began a madcap race to space full of crashes, skullduggery, and backstabbing until Eisenhower’s secret civilian program surpassed the Soviets by putting the first American—a hero monkey named Gordo—into orbit.

D’Antonio draws on archives, film footage, and interviews with many of the scientists, reporters, and others who were involved in the first year of the space race. He recounts the early days of the space race with all the zaniness and urgency of the time.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Space buffs will be familiar with most of the details of D’Antonio’s story, but his fast-paced narrative incorporates firsthand accounts of everyday citizens caught up in the excitement of America’s push into space.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “An entertaining writer, D’Antonio delivers the technological heroics on which spaceflight fans are keen.”

    Booklist

  • “Thorough and entirely readable.”

    New York Times Book Review on Hershey

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