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A Ball, a Dog, and a Monkey: 1957---The Space Race Begins

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Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Michael D'Antonio captures the wackiness of the first year of the space race as the Americans scrambled desperately to match the Soviets and President Eisenhower intervened to guarantee that the space program would not be run by the military.

On October 4, 1957, the Soviet Union successfully launched Sputnik I, the first artificial satellite into orbit around the earth. Little more than a month later, the Soviets launched Sputnik II. News of Sputnik created panic in Washington, D.C., and throughout the United States. Within days, the U.S. military began a madcap race to space full of crashes, skullduggery, and backstabbing until Eisenhower's secret civilian program surpassed the Soviets by putting the first American—a hero monkey named Gordo—into orbit.

D'Antonio draws on archives, film footage, and interviews with many of the scientists, reporters, and others who were involved in the first year of the space race. He recounts the early days of the space race with all the zaniness and urgency of the time, just in time for fiftieth anniversary commemorations.

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Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Michael D'Antonio captures the wackiness of the first year of the space race as the Americans scrambled desperately to match the Soviets and President Eisenhower intervened to guarantee that the space program would not be run by the military.

About the Author

Michael D'Antonio is the author of many acclaimed books, including "Atomic Harvest, Fall from Grace, Tin Cup Dreams, Mosquito, "and "The State Boys Rebellion. "His work has also appeared in "Esquire, The New York Times Magazine, Los Angeles Times Magazine, Discover, "and many other publications. Among his many awards is the Pulitzer Prize, which he shared with a team of reporters for "Newsday."
ALAN SKLAR has narrated over 75 audiobooks and earned numerous awards for his work. He has also provided the voice for thousands of corporate and medical videos, as well as many radio and TV commercials. He lives with his wife in New York.

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ISBN:
9781400105038
Subtitle:
1957---The Space Race Begins
Author:
D'antonio, Michael
Read by:
Sklar, Alan
Read:
Sklar, Alan
Author:
D'Antonio, Michael
Author:
Sklar, Alan
Publisher:
Tantor Media
Subject:
History
Subject:
Aeronautics & Astronautics
Subject:
United States - 20th Century/50s
Subject:
Engineering -- History.
Edition Description:
Unabridged,Unabridged CD
Publication Date:
20071002
Binding:
CD-audio
Language:
English
Dimensions:
5.3 x 6.4 x 1.1 in 0.5 lb
Media Run Time:
660

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Audio Books » Nonfiction
Engineering » Engineering » History
History and Social Science » Russia » General Russian History
Reference » Science Reference » Technology

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