Korolev: How One Man Masterminded The Soviet Drive To Beat America To The Moon



Korolev: How One Man Masterminded The Soviet Drive To Beat America To The Moon
Korolev was a Russian engineer who is credited with helping to develop the Soviet Union's space program, which eventually led to the first human being being in space, Yuri Gagarin. Korolev was imprisoned in the Gulag for his work on the space program, but he never gave up on his dream and continued to work tirelessly for the Soviet military industrial complex. This book is a biography of Korolev, ... more details
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  • Provides a detailed look at the life and development of Soviet space program pioneer Sergei Korolev
  • Recommended for anyone interested in space technology or the history of the Cold War


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Korolev was a Russian engineer who is credited with helping to develop the Soviet Union's space program, which eventually led to the first human being being in space, Yuri Gagarin. Korolev was imprisoned in the Gulag for his work on the space program, but he never gave up on his dream and continued to work tirelessly for the Soviet military industrial complex. This book is a biography of Korolev, and it provides a detailed look at his life and the development of the Soviet space program. It is recommended for anyone interested in space technology or the history of the Cold War.

How One Man Masterminded the Soviet Drive Beat America to the Moon.

"Fascinating . . . packed with technical and historical detail for the space expert and enthusiast alike . . . Great stuff!"-New Scientist

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

"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.

"In Korolev, James Harford has written a masterly biography of this enigmatic 'Chief Designer' whose role the Soviets kept secret for fear that Western agents might 'get at' him."-Daily Telegraph.

"Harford's fluency in Russian and his intimate knowledge of space technology give us insights that few, if any, Americans and Russians have had into this dark history of Soviet space."-Dr. Herbert Friedman, Chief Scientist, Hulburt Center for Space Research Naval Research Laboratory.

"Reveals the complex, driven personality of a man who, despite unjust imprisonment in the Gulag, toiled tirelessly for the Soviet military industrial complex. . . . More than just a biography, this is also a history of the Soviet space program at the height of the Cold War. . . . Highly recommended."-Library Journal.

"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.
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