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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (60 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Michael D’Antonio Narrator: Alan Sklar Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2007 ISBN:
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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, D.C., and throughout the United States. Within days, the U.S. 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, just in time for 50th-anniversary commemorations.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vivian | 8/8/2013

    " This book covers from Sputnik through a few years later. An anecdote laden book with lots of memories from people who were there. I learned some things I didn't know, and got caught up in the stories. A good book, but probably only for someone who's interesting in the topic. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ralph McEwen | 3/27/2013

    " A very interesting and well written snap-shot of space race. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 John Parker | 3/12/2013

    " Interesting topic, well written book, well read audio book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Connie | 11/8/2012

    " Very interesting to hear the story of how the space race got started. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ed Ringtone | 10/8/2012

    " Polished chrome. A hell of a good read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nicole Marble | 3/1/2011

    " An excellently written book about the first days of the apace race in the 1950's. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ed | 10/16/2010

    " Polished chrome. A hell of a good read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ralph | 3/12/2010

    " A very interesting and well written snap-shot of space race. "

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About the Author

Michael D’Antonio, as part of a team of journalists from Newsday, won the Pulitzer Prize for his reporting before going on to write many acclaimed books, including Atomic Harvest and The State Boys Rebellion, and was coauthor with John Gerzema of the New York Times bestseller The Athena Doctrine. He has written for Esquire, the New York Times Magazine, and Sports Illustrated.

About the Narrator

Alan Sklar, a graduate of Dartmouth, has excelled in his career as a freelance voice actor. He began narrating audiobooks in 1996, winning seven AudioFile Earphones Awards and earning several “Best Voice” awards. He has also worked as a stage actor and as a promo announcer at WPIX-TV in New York City. His dream is to be an opera singer, a role for which he hones his bass-baritone operatic skills in the upstairs shower of his home.