From the author of ‘The Seven Wonders of the Industrial World’ comes the shocking but true story behind the space race – and the ruthless, brilliant scientists who fuelled it.
The end of the Cold War revealed a generation of secrets and cover-ups, and with it came a historical opportunity: the unmasking of the true heroes and villains behind the biggest race of mankind.
This is one of the greatest stories in world history, beginning in the bloody throes of the Second World War and spanning through to the moon landings. With the two superpowers pitched against one another during the Cold War, this is 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 had the passion to be the winner of this race 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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Lucid, pacy and readable.’ 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.’ 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.' Sunday Times
Deborah Cadbury is the award-winning TV science producer for the BBC, including ‘Horizon’ for which she won an Emmy . She is also the highly-acclaimed author of ‘The Seven Wonders of the Industrial World’, ‘The Feminisation of Nature’, ‘The Dinosaur Hunters’ and ‘The Lost King of France.’
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Book Description Fourth Estate, London, 2005. Pictorial Card Covers. Book Condition: Good. No Jacket. First Edition. This is quite a heavy book and extra postage may be requested to some destinations outside of the United Kingdom. There is some minor creasing, edge rubbing and general wear to the spine and outer card covers. Remainder mark to the bottom page fore edges. Page outer edges are lightly sunned. Number Line 1. For contents please see bookseller images. Size: 6 Inches Wide By 9 1/4 Inches Long. Paperback. Bookseller Inventory # 009490
Book Description 2005. London, Fourth Estate, (2005). Wrappers, colour and b&w illust., pp. xii, 372. Front wrapper creased else v.g. ISBN 0 00 721299 2. Bookseller Inventory # 101057
Book Description Fourth Estate, London, 2005. Trade Paperback. Very Good condition. Wear to edges and corners. Remainder mark to bottom-edge. .Illustrated with colour and black & white plates. xii, 372 pages Using never before published source materials, the author tells the story of the race to space in the context of the Cold War - a tale of espionage and ambition, superpower rivalries, political paranoia and technological feats. Bookseller Inventory # 289136
Book Description Fourth Estate, London, 2004. Paperback octavo, very good plus condition, black & white photos. 372 pp. This book combines adventure and suspense with a moving portrayal of the human dimension to this epic struggle between the United States and the Soviet Union to land the first man on the moon. Using source material never before seen, the author tells the story of the Cold War, espionage and ambition, of ingenuity, passion, and the final mindbending voyage beyond the bounds of the earth. Bookseller Inventory # 21510
Book Description Fourth Estate, London, 2005. Stiff Wrappers. Book Condition: Near Fine. No Jacket. 1st Edition. Bw and Clr Plts Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Book. Bookseller Inventory # 002744