School Library JournalGr 5�8
A compelling portrait of the United States's rivalry with the former Soviet Union over space technology from the 1950s to the early 1990s. The emphasis is on the historical aspects of the rivalry and not the astronautic science, and how this "competition" influenced government, the arts, and popular culture. The fast-paced, simple text conveys Americans' excitement at the time as well as their fears of the USSR becoming more advanced than the United States. Facts are interwoven with quotes and anecdotes from everyday people and well-known figures from horror writer Stephen King to Hillary Clinton. Included in the discussion are the racist and sexist attitudes of the time that excluded opportunities for women and people of color in the space program. Black-and-white photographs show both examples of space technology and snapshots of popular culture. There are extensive source notes. Additionally, there is a piece of the original communication between the astronauts of Apollo 11 and scientists at the Manned Space Center in Houston. This is a great read for young space enthusiasts as well as children who enjoy American history.
Michael SantangeloCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.