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Space Race: The Battle to Rule the Heavens [Englisch] [Taschenbuch]

Deborah Cadbury
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7. August 2006
From the author of 'Seven Wonders of the Industrial World', the paperback edition of the TV tie-in charting the shocking but true story behind the space race - and the ruthless, brilliant scientists who fuelled it. With the end of the Cold War it is now possible to reveal its generation of secrets and cover-ups, bringing an historical opportunity: the unmasking of the true heroes and villains behind the race to be the first to conquer space. This is one of the greatest stories in history, beginning in the throes of the Second World War and spanning through to the moon landings. With the US and Russia pitched against one another during the Cold War, it was the race to create the most powerful rocket and dominate the world, culminating in 1969's 'giant leap for mankind'. The most pioneering and high-risk experiments ever undertaken cost untold millions - and hundreds of lives, as mistakes were made, some too horrific to be made public. It is a tale that plays out against a backdrop of communism and espionage. Buried within this multi-million-dollar battle between nations, are the dramatic accounts of the individuals who seek to be the winners at any cost. With ex-Nazi Wernher von Braun on the American side pitted against the enigmatic Sergei Korolev on the Soviet side, this revealing new history shows the extent to which politics and personal ambition combined to create an explosive race for the glory of victory.

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  • Taschenbuch: 384 Seiten
  • Verlag: Harper Perennial (7. August 2006)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 0007209940
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007209941
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 13,1 x 19,2 cm
  • Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 5.0 von 5 Sternen  Alle Rezensionen anzeigen (2 Kundenrezensionen)
  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 275.951 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)

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'Lucid, pacy and readable.' Bryan Appleyard, New Statesman 'This fascinating book illuminates the complex relations between Germany, America and Russia during the space race of the Cold War years...'The Space Race' is much sharper than the usual television tie-in ... Heroes, villains and victims populate this gripping story.' Maggie Gee, Daily Telegraph Praise for Deborah Cadbury: 'The Lost King of France': 'This is history as it should be. It is stunningly written, I could not put it down. This is the best account of the French Revolution I have ever read.' Alison Weir 'The Dinosaur Hunters': 'Beautifully structured and sympathetically narrated, Cadbury's book benefits from having a subject that successfully brings together science, suspense and sentiment. Something for everyone, then.' Miranda Seymour, Sunday Times

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From the author of "Seven Wonders of the Industrial World", this is the paperback edition of the TV tie-in charting the shocking but true story behind the space race - and the ruthless, brilliant scientists who fuelled it. With the end of the Cold War it is now possible to reveal its generation of secrets and cover-ups, bringing an historical opportunity: the unmasking of the true heroes and villains behind the race to be the first to conquer space. This is one of the greatest stories in history, beginning in the throes of the Second World War and spanning through to the moon landings. With the US and Russia pitched against one another during the Cold War, it was the race to create the most powerful rocket and dominate the world, culminating in 1969's 'giant leap for mankind'. The most pioneering and high-risk experiments ever undertaken cost untold millions - and hundreds of lives, as mistakes were made, some too horrific to be made public. It is a tale that plays out against a backdrop of communism and espionage. Buried within this multi-million-dollar battle between nations, are the dramatic accounts of the individuals who seek to be the winners at any cost.

With ex-Nazi Wernher von Braun on the American side pitted against the enigmatic Sergei Korolev on the Soviet side, this revealing new history shows the extent to which politics and personal ambition combined to create an explosive race for the glory of victory.


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First of all, please note that I'm not a native English speaker. However, some 10% of the books I read are in English as I'm used to the English language for business reasons. Now back to the point.

The book starts with explaining the German military rocket program during the German 3rd Reich from the perspective of the group of engineers led by von Baun. This part of history is told in a thrilling way. Being a German, I noted that each German term and name used is spelled perfectly right which is not a piece of cake. This part of the book sometimes reminded me of a piece of scientific work - however, it was very entertaining at the same time (similar to the books from Guido Knopp).

After WW 2 the competition between the US and Russia is described from the viewpoint of the two men pushing the space projects, i.e. von Braun and Korolev. Again, the facts presented were much deeper than expected by me and I must say that the reading became thrilling in major parts although I knew most of the historical outcome. In a nutshell, a period between half a year and three years is written through the eyes of von Braun and Korolev in turns which gives the impression of a match in which one team can rush and then the other team has the chance to make a stronger rush. The final mission for landing on the moon is very short compared to the missions described before which surprised me. By giving very limited room for the final "rush" the book is not glorifying the NASA program.

Because of the excellent balance between history, entertainment and facts this book was one of my hghlights in the previous quarter ... and I read a lot!

The bibliography at the end of the book is impressive.
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Gives an excellent view over the space race, with many interesting details. Cadbury tells the story almost as a novel, with Sergei Korolev and Wernher Von Braun as leading figures. It evolves a lot around persons, so maybe the bigger socio-political lines are not so easily seen. However, it is written in a good style, easily read, exciting and humourous. Recommendable for all who are interested in the subject.
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