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4.07 out of 54.07 out of 54.07 out of 54.07 out of 54.07 out of 5 4.07 (27 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Matthew Brzezinski Narrator: Charles Stransky Publisher: Highbridge Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2007 ISBN: 9781598875287
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In 1957, at the height of the Cold War, the USSR stunned the world with the first orbiting man-made satellite. Capturing both the Soviet and American sides of the beginning of the space race, this journalist unveils the politics, people, science, and mind Download and start listening now!

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 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 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 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 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Thomas | 12/30/2013

    " This is an amazing book. A great cast of characters: Korolev, Kruschev, Werner Von Braun, Eisenhower, Nixon, and many more. Not as much rocket science as I would have liked, but so much great Russian and American cold war history that it more than makes up for it. I also found that the author tended to rely on a small number of sources, particularly Sergei Kruschev's memoirs...but ultimately the end result was so fascinating, and so far from what I already know anything about, that I never stopped being totally fascinated...I TORE through this book. A great story of twisting and turning Russian-American political intrigue, and a depressing view of just how much "human progress" in the '50s was actually driven by the arms race. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stuart | 12/17/2013

    " Listened to the Audio Book and thoroughly enjoyed it. It describes how the Soviet Union's missile scientists got the chance to launch a satellite which sparked the race to the moon. Khrushchev didn't anticipate the propaganda victory it would gain over the US. At the time, the US missile program was fragmented due to inter-service rivalry but the events described in the book lead to the founding of NASA and the fulfillment of Werner Von Braun's dream of sending a man to the moon. A great background to the history of the Space Era. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Riley | 12/13/2013

    " A nice account of the arms race that led to Sputnik. I had not realized the extent of the self-flagellation that the satellite's launch caused in the United States. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael Koppelman | 12/5/2013

    " I quite enjoyed this. It offered a very nice perspective of the events in both the USA and the USSR during the initial years of the space race. It was the first book I ever read on the iPad, which I also enjoyed. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Helen | 10/31/2013

    " This is a truly excellent account of the space race- well-written, entertaining, and obviously carefully thought out. Quite enjoyable! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 George Medina | 10/24/2013

    " Very good insight into the political landscape of both the USA and the Soviet Union during the early days of the cold war. If politics bores you, it still has some good technical Buck Rogers stuff. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nate | 6/24/2013

    " Well-researched look into many of the virtually anonymous players in the race to launch the world's first satellite. I really enjoyed the writing style and the content. I'd love a part two that continued on through the 1960s and the race to the moon. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bryson | 3/26/2013

    " Great book, hopes around the late 50's. Great descriptions of post-Stalin USSR, and IKE's America. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Eric | 12/16/2012

    " Excellent book on the 1950's space race between Russia and the United States. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chris | 11/21/2012

    " I haven't watched TV in a week because I was reading this book every time I had a free moment. It tells the story of the very beginning of the space "race". It covers the personalities, corruption and politics on each side and is a fast-paced read. There isn't much on the science of rockets. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephen Kennedy | 9/5/2012

    " I really enjoyed this book. For some reason it got me hooked. Think of it as the prequel to The Right Stuff. It is the race (albeit one sided) to get the first Rockets and Satellites into space. I listened to the audio book and the narrator really brought out the story. A very interesting read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Warnie B. | 8/31/2012

    " Really well-written and fascinating account of the beginnings of the space race. Brzezinski does a really excellent job of describing the people involved, and makes the launches sound super exciting. And the narration for the audio version was great--definitely worth a read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erik Swedlund | 12/15/2011

    " Fascinating; breaks new ground with lots of inside information from Sergei Khrushchev. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 John M. | 10/19/2011

    " This is a great book about the Soviet space program. I'd recommend it to anyone who is interested in learning about the early stages of human space exploration. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John | 9/29/2011

    " A good book. It tells the less often told parts of the story and gives an excellent view into the Russian internal politics and point of view. I learned a lot reading this book even though I already had a good idea of the history. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Helen | 4/16/2011

    " This is a truly excellent account of the space race- well-written, entertaining, and obviously carefully thought out. Quite enjoyable! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jake | 4/12/2011

    " Very good book, the only thing it suffered from was that it jumped around quite a bit. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Riley | 3/27/2011

    " A nice account of the arms race that led to Sputnik. I had not realized the extent of the self-flagellation that the satellite's launch caused in the United States. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Eric | 2/9/2011

    " Excellent book on the 1950's space race between Russia and the United States. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ed | 10/16/2010

    " 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 Nate | 8/5/2010

    " Well-researched look into many of the virtually anonymous players in the race to launch the world's first satellite. I really enjoyed the writing style and the content. I'd love a part two that continued on through the 1960s and the race to the moon. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael | 5/5/2010

    " I quite enjoyed this. It offered a very nice perspective of the events in both the USA and the USSR during the initial years of the space race. It was the first book I ever read on the iPad, which I also enjoyed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephen | 3/25/2010

    " I really enjoyed this book. For some reason it got me hooked. Think of it as the prequel to The Right Stuff. It is the race (albeit one sided) to get the first Rockets and Satellites into space. I listened to the audio book and the narrator really brought out the story. A very interesting read. "

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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.