• Red Moon Rising

  • Sputnik and the Hidden Rivals That Ignited the Space Age
  • By: Matthew Brzezinski
  • Narrated by: Charles Stransky
  • Length: 11 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 05-09-07
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4.3 (38 ratings)

Summary

On October 4, 1957, a time of Cold War paranoia, the Soviet Union secretly launched the Earth's first artificial moon. No bigger than a basketball, the tiny satellite was powered by a car battery. Yet, for all its simplicity, Sputnik stunned the world.Based on extensive research in the US and newly opened archives in the former USSR, Red Moon Rising tells the story of five extraordinary months in the history of technology and the rivalry between two superpowers. It takes us inside the Kremlin and introduces the Soviet engineer Korolev, the charismatic, politically-minded visionary who motivated Khruschev to support what others dismissed as a ridiculous program. Korolev is virtually unknown to most Americans, yet it is because of him that NASA exists, that college loan programs were started in the U.S., and that Kennedy and Johnson became presidents. Character driven, suspenseful, and dramatic, Red Moon Rising unveils the politics, people, science, and mindset behind a critical and transformative world event.
©2007 Matthew Brzezinski; (P)2007 HighBridge Company
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"The writing is fast-paced and crisp...Yet even more than his absorbing narrative, Brzezinski's final analysis has staying power." (Publishers Weekly)
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4 out of 5 stars
By cristian on 16-07-17

Superb context behind the early space race.

What made the experience of listening to Red Moon Rising the most enjoyable?

Although I bought Red Moon Rising with a particular interest in the space race, I actually found the political background more interesting with just the right amount of detail to give an exciting listen.

Any additional comments?

For anyone with an interest in early cold war politics and / or the early space race, there is something here to take away but the combination of both is really well done.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Thomas on 25-06-09

awesome

One of my favorites. Well read (except for the eery 1950s communist background music that is interspersed at the end/beginning of some of the chapters that comes out of nowhere). As a space race/apollo fan i woudl like to think i knew a fair bit about the milestones in this area, but this book is full of stuff you don't get anywhere else, especially the inner workings of the USSR. Well paced, and in the end, has a great summary of the impact of these decisions on the next 40 years of history. Just awesome, highly highly recommeneded.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Olaf on 03-10-10

Outstanding

Excellent writing - so much historic facts and very objective behind the scenes information. I have listened to about 25 audiobooks so far in this year and this is the one I have enjoyed the most. Charles Stransky as narrator also did a great job - his reading style and the voice makes listening joyful and I hope there will be more books coming out narrated by him.

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