A Ball, A Dog, and A Monkey

A Ball, A Dog, and A Monkey

1957, the Space Race Begins

Book - 2007
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50 years after it began, Michael D'Antonio captures the wackiness of the first year of the space race, as the U.S. scrambled to match the Soviets and President Eisenhower intervened to guarantee that the space programme would be run by civilians and not the military.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, 2007.
ISBN: 9780743294317
Call Number: 629.4340 DANTONIO
Characteristics: p. ; cm.
Subjects: Space race.
Artificial satellites -- Soviet Union -- History.
Artificial satellites -- United States -- History.


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Aug 27, 2017

Michael D’Antonio ‘A Ball, A Dog, and A Monkey – 1957 the Space Race Begins’ (2007) was even more detailed than Matthew Brzezinski’s ‘Red Moon Rising.’ However, it was detailed to the point of being a little tedious or laborious at times but to the most avid of space history buffs. It must mention every key player in the early space race when the USA was trying so hard to save face and catch up to the Soviet Union. Still, for those who need to know, I suggest this is a great reference book and outlines how and from what institutions NASA was eventually formed. The book also describes and gives due respect to the man known in the Soviet Union as ‘The Chief Designer’ – Sergei Pavlovich Korolev; the man who was the brains behind The Soviet Union’s early success in the space race. A man who remained unknown inside and outside the Soviet Union and was not honored until after he had died. Senior Doctor-at-Bass! D. Adams.


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