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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (221 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Matthew Brzezinski Narrator: Charles Stransky Publisher: Highbridge Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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 presidents.

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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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by David | 2/18/2014

    " Reading this for work. It's okay. but not exactly what I had hoped for. Actually, now that I think about it, this book probably didn't need to be written given that so much of the information is probably already out there in other books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Carrie | 2/13/2014

    " I thoroughly enjoyed this book because unlike other works discussing the cold war and specifically the "space race", this one I felt finally offered a refreshingly different emphasis. The technical details about the rockets, satellites and the politics involved in their production was, I found, immensely interesting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Ed Ringtone | 2/5/2014

    " Informative and interesting, but jeez, this is a slog. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Ernie | 1/26/2014

    " This book was so fascinating. It was an incredible account of the space race between Russia and the United States, and it was a very gripping narrative on the whole process. For anyone interested in this period of history or the space race specifically, I think this book is perfect. For everyone else, it is a very easy and captivating way to be educated and read material on a subject matter not so often covered in this light. :) It seems effortless and sort of reads like fiction. "

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About the Author
Author Matthew Brzezinski

Matthew Brzezinski is a contributing writer for the New York Times Magazine and former foreign correspondent at the Wall Street Journal. He is also the author of Casino Moscow: A Tale of Greed and Adventure on Capitalisms Wildest Frontier. He lives in Washington, DC.