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James Harford
How One Man Masterminded the Soviet Drive to Beat America to the Moon

Table of Contents
  • Kibalchich to Korolev.
  • Growing Up in Ukraine: Broken Family, Bolsheviks, Gliders.
  • To Moscow: Tupolev, Tukhachevsky, First Rockets.
  • The Gulag and Sharaga Years.
  • The German V-2: Bedrock Technology.
  • The World's First ICBM: Aimed at the USA.
  • Sputnik: No Big Deal to Khrushchev-At First.
  • Unmanned Firsts: Hitting the Moon and Venus.
  • Gagarin First, Shepard an Anti-climactic Second.
  • Voskhod: A "Circus Act."
  • Spy Sats and Com Sats.
  • The Organization: Korolev Up and Down.
  • The Technology: Simple but Reliable.
  • The Party, the Paranoia.
  • Racing Apollo: The Odds Were Enormous.
  • The End of Anonymity: Burial in the Kremlin Wall.
  • After Korolev: Demise of the Circumlunar and Lunar Landing Missions.
  • Ironic Epilogue.
  • Appendix.
  • Notes.
  • Bibliography.
  • Index.


"In this exceptional book, James Harford pieces together a most compelling and well-written tale . . . must reading."
(Space News)

"A fascinating and perceptive history of the Russian space program.... Avid space enthusiasts will find this story a necessary addition to their knowledge of space exploration."
(Christopher C. Kraft, Jr., former Director of Flight Operations, NASA)

"His erudite and meticulously researched charting of the life and times of Korolev provides unique insights. . . . This is a fascinating book . . . for the space expert and enthusiast alike. Great stuff."
(New Scientist)

"Through masterful research and an engaging narrative style, James Harford gives the world its first in-depth look at the man who should rightly be called the father of the Soviet space program."
(Norman R. Augustine, CEO, Lockheed Martin)

"For decades the identity of the Russian Chief Designer who shocked the world with the launching of the first Sputnik was one of the Soviet Union's best-kept secrets. This book tells vividly the story of that man, Sergei Korolev, in remarkable detail, with many facts and anecdotes previously unavailable to the West."
(Sergei Khrushchev, Visiting Senior Fellow, Center for Foreign Policy Development)

Wiley & Sons, 1999, 432 S.
17,90 Euro
ISBN: 978-0-471-32721-9

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