My rating: 5 of 5 stars
This 2007 book is an amazing read. A great cast of characters: Korolev, Kruschev, Werner Von Braun, Eisenhower, Nixon, and many more. Not as much rocket science as I would have liked, but so much great Russian and American cold war history that it more than makes up for it. I also found that the author tended to rely on a small number of sources, particularly Sergei Kruschev’s memoirs…but ultimately the end result was so fascinating, and so far from what I already know anything about, that I never stopped being totally fascinated…I TORE through this book. A great story of twisting and turning Russian-American political intrigue, and a depressing view of just how much “human progress” in the ’50s was actually driven by the arms race.