On October 4, 1957, a time of Cold War paranoia, the Soviet
Union secretly launched the Earth’s first artificial moon. No bigger than a
basketball, the tiny satellite was powered by a car battery. Yet, for all its
simplicity, Sputnik stunned the world.
Based on extensive research in the US and newly opened
archives in the former USSR, Red Moon
Rising tells the story of five extraordinary months in the history of
technology and the rivalry between two superpowers. It takes us inside the
Kremlin and introduces the Soviet engineer Korolev, the charismatic,
politically-minded visionary who motivated Khruschev to support what others
dismissed as a ridiculous program. Korolev is virtually unknown to most
Americans, yet it is because of him that NASA exists, that college loan
programs were started in the US, and that Kennedy and Johnson became
Character driven, suspenseful, and dramatic, Red Moon Rising unveils the politics,
people, science, and mindset behind a critical and transformative world event.
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