Sputnik: The Shock of the Century

Sputnik: The Shock of the Century

by Paul Dickson

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Sputnik: The Shock of the Century by Paul Dickson

On October 4, 1957, as Leave It to Beaver premiered on American television, the Soviet Union launched the first man-made object into space-a 184-pound satellite carrying only a radio transmitter. While Sputnik I immediately shocked the world, its long-term impact was even greater, for it profoundly changed the shape of the twentieth century. 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-President Dwight D. Eisenhower, Wernher von Braun, and many others-behind the façade of America's fledgling efforts to get into space. Sputnik directly or indirectly influenced nearly every aspect of American life, from the demise of the suddenly superfluous tailfin and an immediate shift toward science in the classroom to the arms race that defined the Cold War, the competition to reach the moon, and the birth of the Internet.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780802718044
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication date: 05/26/2009
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 1,038,098
File size: 5 MB

About the Author

Long fascinated by space and the Cold War, Paul Dickson is the coauthor (with Thomas B. Allen) of The Bonus Army and author of more than forty books on diverse topics, including two works of investigative journalism, Think Tanks and The Electronic Battlefield.
Paul Dickson is the author of more than forty books, including The Joy of Keeping Score, The Dickson Baseball Dictionary, Baseball's Greatest Quotations, and Baseball: The Presidents' Game. In addition to baseball, his specialties include Americana and language. He lives in Garrett Park, Maryland.

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