So now it had begun. The conquest of space, for which the prophets, Tsiolkovskij, Oberth, von Braun, Clarke, Gatland, Ley, Gartmann, Burgess and others had argued so long and so eloquently. Of course it was slightly disturbing that the Soviets were the first, after all, we had been waiting for Vanguard for a couple of years now. Floods of words have inundated the sea of printed pages since then. One might wonder what new there would be to be found in yet another book on the beginning of the Space Race.
Well, for anyone who lived through those years,it's nice to remember, and to partake of the reflections of others on those times. For those, the majority of readers, to whom all this is ancient history, it will be an illumination of the sentiments of a bygone age. It was really an quaint and different age, with different values, most of which we, tankfully, have left behind, an age that should stay bygone, and good riddance. Mr D'Antonio presents the actual events, as they happened, well, most of that is to be found elsewhere. Much of the reminiscenses also have been published before. So what then? There is, of course the possibility of aquiring all those books and articles, if you have the inclination, the means to do so - and the shelf room to accomodate it all. Here you have a representative digest of all that stuff, spiced with interwiews by the author, not to be found elsewhere, in all comprising a synthesis you won't find anywhere else. Interspaced with the luminaries and main actors of the drama we meet those so-called "ordinary" - more often than not not-so-ordinary - people, whose lifes were touched by all the strange things going on.
Sadly, we miss those stories that are still awaiting to be uncovered on the Soviet side, and the general world-picture is typically North American bipolar: US and "them others", i.e. people living beyond the sea. Still, it's a good read, you can feel the suspence, the dissappointment and the feeling of triumph, even though your own memories, or the history books, have given away the punch-lines of the story. I had to pause for sleep but got myself a scalding for bringing the book to table. It was all worth it.
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- Print Length: 332 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0743294319
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster; Reprint edition (18 September 2007)
- Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc (AU)
- Language: English
- ASIN: B000W5MI1W
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
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