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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (5 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Paul Dickson Narrator: Jerry Carrier Publisher: Spoken Books Publishing Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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On October 4, 1957, as Leave It to Beaver premiered on American television, the Soviet Union launched the space age. Sputnik, all of 184 pounds with only a radio transmitter inside its highly polished shell, became the first man-made object in space. While it immediately shocked the world, its long-term impact was even greater, for it profoundly changed the shape of the 20th century.

Washington journalist Paul Dickson chronicles the dramatic events and developments leading up to and emanating from Sputnik's launch. Supported by groundbreaking, original research and many recently declassified documents, Sputnik offers a fascinating profile of the early American and Soviet space programs and a strikingly revised picture of the politics and personalities behind the facade of America's fledgling efforts to get into space.

By shedding new light on a pivotal era, Paul Dickson expands our knowledge of the world we now inhabit, and reminds us that the story of Sputnik goes far beyond technology and the beginning of the space age, and that its implications are still being felt today.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Charles Edwards | 12/23/2011

    " Decent account of the hysteria surrounding Sputnik. The author goes into great detail in a relatively few pages. Takes you back to 1957. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by David | 3/17/2008

    " An excellent read, full of wonderful details that accompanied the true beginning of the Space Age, including the relevant history up to Sputnik's launch, the people behind the scenes, and the amazing global events that followed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Kara | 12/22/2007

    " So much to learn in this book! I'd never understood the extent to which the Cold War 'space race' and 'arms race' were indistinguishable. "

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