How One Man Masterminded the Soviet Drive Beat America to theMoon."Fascinating . . . packed with technical and historical detail forthe space expert and enthusiast alike . . . Great stuff!"-NewScientist"In this exceptional book, James Harford pieces together a mostcompelling and well-written tale. . . . Must reading."-SpaceNews."Through masterful research and an engaging narrative style, JamesHarford gives the world its first in-depth look at the man whoshould rightly be called the father of the Soviet spaceprogram."-Norman R. Augustine, CEO, Lockheed Martin."In Korolev, James Harford has written a masterly biography of thisenigmatic 'Chief Designer' whose role the Soviets kept secret forfear that Western agents might 'get at' him."-DailyTelegraph."Harford's fluency in Russian and his intimate knowledge of spacetechnology give us insights that few, if any, Americans andRussians have had into this dark history of Soviet space."-Dr.Herbert Friedman, Chief Scientist, Hulburt Center for SpaceResearch Naval Research Laboratory."Reveals the complex, driven personality of a man who, despiteunjust imprisonment in the Gulag, toiled tirelessly for the Sovietmilitary industrial complex. . . . More than just a biography, thisis also a history of the Soviet space program at the height of theCold War. . . . Highly recommended."-Library Journal."For decades the identity of the Russian Chief Designer who shockedthe world with the launching of the first Sputnik was one of theSoviet Union's best-kept secrets. This book tells vividly the storyof that man, Sergei Korolev, in remarkable detail, with many factsand anecdotes previously unavailable to the West."-SergeiKhrushchev, Visiting Senior Fellow, Center for Foreign PolicyDevelopment.
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About the Author
JAMES HARFORD, Executive Director Emeritus of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Washington, D.C., has been involved in aerospace for over 40 years, and was a Verville Fellow at the National Air and Space Museum. Mr. Harford lives in Princeton, New Jersey.
Table of ContentsKibalchich to Korolev.Growing Up in Ukraine: Broken Family, Bolsheviks, Gliders.To Moscow: Tupolev, Tukhachevsky, First Rockets.The Gulag and Sharaga Years.The German V-2: Bedrock Technology.The World's First ICBM: Aimed at the USA.Sputnik: No Big Deal to Khrushchev-At First.Unmanned Firsts: Hitting the Moon and Venus.Gagarin First, Shepard an Anti-climactic Second.Voskhod: A "Circus Act."Spy Sats and Com Sats.The Organization: Korolev Up and Down.The Technology: Simple but Reliable.The Party, the Paranoia.Racing Apollo: The Odds Were Enormous.The End of Anonymity: Burial in the Kremlin Wall.After Korolev: Demise of the Circumlunar and Lunar LandingMissions.Ironic Epilogue.Appendix.Notes.Bibliography.Index.