Space Race: The Epic Battle between America and the Soviet Union for Dominion of Space

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The story of the race into space is marked by the greatest superpower rivalries, political paranoia, and technological feats of the twentieth century. But until now, we have known only half the story. With the end of the cold war, decades of secrets have been exposed, bringing with them a remarkable opportunity: the unmasking of the true heroes and villains behind one of the most exciting races in history.

At the center of this exhilarating, fast-paced account are Wernher von ...

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Overview

The story of the race into space is marked by the greatest superpower rivalries, political paranoia, and technological feats of the twentieth century. But until now, we have known only half the story. With the end of the cold war, decades of secrets have been exposed, bringing with them a remarkable opportunity: the unmasking of the true heroes and villains behind one of the most exciting races in history.

At the center of this exhilarating, fast-paced account are Wernher von Braun, the camera-friendly former Nazi scientist who led the American rocket design team, and Sergei Korolev, the chief Soviet designer and former political prisoner whose identity was a closely guarded state secret. These rivals were opposite in every way, save for one: each was obsessed by the idea of launching a man to the Moon. Korolev told his wife, "In every century men were looking into the sky and dreaming. And now I'm close to the greatest dream of mankind."

In attempting to fulfill this dream, Korolev was initially hampered by a budget so small that his engineers were forced to repurpose cardboard boxes as drafting tables. Von Braun, meanwhile, was eventually granted almost limitless access to funds by an American government panicked at the thought that their cold war enemy might take the lead in the exploration of space. Korolev, whose family life was destroyed by his long sentence in the Gulag, was constantly aware that any false move would finish his career or even his life. His rival, on the other hand, enjoyed remarkable celebrity in America and was even the subject of a 1960 biopic.

In this extraordinary book, Deborah Cadbury combines sheeradventure and nail-biting suspense with a moving portrayal of the space race's human dimension. Using source materials never before seen, she reveals that the essential story of the cold war is a mind-bending voyage beyond the bounds of the Earth, one marked by espionage, ambition, ingenuity, and passion.

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Publishers Weekly
Cadbury (Dreams of Iron and Steel) focuses on two men "obsessed by the same vision... locked in an unparalleled contest" to reach outer space: one is the cold, charismatic Wernher von Braun, but the soul of this finely honed, consistently compelling tale (the basis for a National Geographic channel series to air in June) belongs to Sergei Korolev. Korolev survived Stalin's gulag to become the mythical chief designer of the Soviet space program for 20 years. Driven to beat the Americans, Korolev and his team of long-suffering scientists and technicians, working with inadequate funding, threw together spacecraft of dubious quality and launched them into space. While von Braun's reputation has suffered immeasurably from the release of secret files revealing his use of slave labor under the Nazis, Korolev, though unacknowledged in his lifetime, today remains a hero in Russia. In the end this is a cautionary tale, a story of what happens when the dreams of humankind are hijacked by the darker aspirations of politics: the space shuttle still flies and the ICBMs still wait in their silos, and we are left to wonder at what price we soar to the heavens. 8 pages of color and 8 pages of b&w photos not seen by PW. (May) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Foreign Affairs
From the opening account of Washington and Moscow's race to grab the models, machines, drawings, and personnel from Hitler's V-2 missile program at the end of World War II to Sputnik and then to Neil Armstrong's moonwalk, this is an utterly engrossing book — largely because of the two characters around whom the story unfolds, and because Cadbury has the material to tell it from the inside. Wernher von Braun, the whiz in Hitler's rocket program who managed to reach American lines in a series of adventures worthy of a John le Carré novel, was on one side. Sergei Korolyov, who only by a series of miracles survived the Kolyma gold mines, the worst of Stalin's gulag, led the Soviet countereffort. To an eerie extent, the battles they fought and the timing of the key turning points for each were often parallel. This was true until nearly the end, when, after a lifetime of anonymity, Korolyov died a near icon, and von Braun died under a cloud — not only because of his earlier rank as an SS officer, but also because of his ambiguous role in Mittelwerk, the unspeakable hell where the V-2 was mass-produced.
Library Journal
The basis for a forthcoming four-part National Geographic series, this captivating account by Emmy Award-winning BBC producer and historian Cadbury (Dreams of Iron and Steel) reveals how two brilliant scientists, former Gulag inmate Sergei Korolev and V-2 rocket program designer Wernher von Braun, were cynically controlled by the USSR and America, respectively, as indispensable tools during the Cold War. Cadbury's villains emerge as Soviet and U.S. political/military leaders who viewed missile research solely as the means to deliver weapons of mass destruction, to spy on the enemy, and to order impossible propaganda coups in space at the expense of their astronauts and cosmonauts. Through the constant frustrations of Korolev and von Braun, she demonstrates how both governments wasted time and resources by dividing their space initiatives into competing factions led by fractious personalities. Documented with newly released records from Russian archives, including Korolev's personal papers, this study allows us to comprehend fully just how close the Soviets came to winning the space race. Cadbury's book is an excellent example of sound research, superb writing, and accomplished storytelling all rolled into one masterly effort. Highly recommended for all aerospace collections at both public and academic libraries.-John Carver Edwards, Univ. of Georgia Libs., Cleveland Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
A swift, exciting history of the race to the moon, from Sputnik to "The Eagle has landed."Science writer Cadbury (Terrible Lizard, 2001, etc.) also produced a four-part BBC/National Geographic series about the 12-year competition between the Soviet Union and the United States. In this splendid book-length treatment of the same material, she cuts back and forth between the two sides' principal players: American immigrant warrior Wernher von Braun and homegrown Soviet hero Sergei Korolev, whose identity was kept secret throughout his remarkable career. The author thoroughly explores von Braun's dark, disturbing background in Germany. A member of the Nazi party and the SS, he used slave labor to help produce the deadly V-2 rockets that devastated London. As WWII neared its end, both the Soviets and the Americans raced to see who could round up the most talented German rocket scientists. The U.S. won, covered up von Braun's heinous history and made him the face of America's space effort; when that face turned up on the cover of Time magazine, it cemented his celebrity status. Depicting both von Braun and Korolev as huge talents and ferociously hard workers, Cadbury catalogues the successes, failures and frustrations on each side. The Soviets were the first to orbit a satellite; in fact, they placed first in many of the competition's early heats. But they were hampered, the author effectively argues, by a restrictive political system, by their fear of their opponent's military might (the U.S. was first with atomic and nuclear weapons) and by lack of money. The Americans, much more animated once Sputnik began beeping its message from space in 1957, committed millions to make certain the U.S.landed first on the moon. Cadbury's prose is heart-racing as she describes the individual missions, poignant as she acknowledges the loss of American and Soviet lives. First-rate research and reporting.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060845537
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 5/9/2006
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.22 (d)

Meet the Author

Deborah Cadbury is the highly acclaimed author of several books, including Dreams of Iron and Steel, The Lost King of France, and Terrible Lizard. She has also won numerous international awards as a television producer for the BBC. She lives in London.

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  • Posted July 7, 2012

    A non-fiction that entertains like fiction!

    Cadbury writes this astounding chronology of the race between the USSR and the US with a stunning clarity and humor that is rare for a non-fiction of this size. Here the Space Race, so often made out to be a dry and dusty subject in the classroom, is shown to be an epic saga with kidnappings, romance, betrayal, danger and dazzling victories. I recommend this book to anyone who is even slightly interested in obtaining knowledge on the subject wile having a fun, page turning read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 30, 2007

    high hype but not real facts

    When a book is written about the space race, it should be well-researched and well-documented. This book is neither. There are no footnotes and many inaccuracies (far too many to number here) including imaginary conversations to which I doubt she was a member, showing a haphazard approach and not nearly enough research with cross references. A number of other books have been written about the early space race and almost all are better than this one. In fact, this is written more like a novel than a history book. Leave this one for the dollar bins.

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