Red moon rising : Sputnik and the hidden rivalries that ignited the Space Age / Matthew Brzezinski.
Author: Brzezinski, Matthew, 1965-
Edition: 1st ed.
Publisher: New York : Times Books, 2007.
ISBN: 9780805081473 (alk. paper)
080508147X (alk. paper)
Description: 322 p.,  p. of plates : ill. ; 25 cm.
Subject: Space race United States History 20th century.
Space race Soviet Union History 20th century.
United States Politics and government 1953-1961.
Soviet Union Politics and government 1953-1985.
Contents: Prologue -- 1. The request -- 2. Jet power -- 3. Trials and errors -- 4. Tomorrowland -- 5. Desert fires -- 6. Pictures in black and white -- 7. A simple satellite -- 8. By the light of a red moon -- 9. Something for the holidays -- 10. Operation confidence -- 11. Goldstone has the bird -- Epilogue -- Notes -- Acknowledgments -- Index.
Summary: The behind-the-scenes story of the fierce battles on earth that launched the superpowers into space. Khrushchev was frustrated at America's U-2 spy plane, which flew too high to be shot down. But Russia's chief rocket designer, had an answer: an artificial satellite that would orbit the earth and cross American skies at will. The launch of Sputnik on October 4, 1957, stunned the world. Sputnik set in motion events that led not only to the moon landing but also to cell phones, federally guaranteed student loans, and the wireless Internet. Journalist Brzezinski takes us inside the Kremlin, the White House, secret military facilities, and the halls of Congress to bring to life the Russians and Americans who feared and distrusted their compatriots as much as their rivals. It is a story rich in the paranoia of the time.--From publisher description.