- Tapa blanda: 328 páginas
- Editor: Simon & Schuster; Edición: Reprint (30 de septiembre de 2008)
- Idioma: Inglés
- ISBN-10: 0743294327
- ISBN-13: 978-0743294324
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A Ball, a Dog, and a Monkey: 1957 - The Space Race Begins (Inglés) Tapa blanda – 30 sep 2008
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Praise for Michael D'Antonio's Hershey: 'Thorough and entirely readable.' The New York Times Book Review 'Hershey is a valuable edition to the literature of American business and philanthropy.' The Washington Post Book World 'This volume will satisfy all.' Publishers Weekly 'D'Antonio has delivered an intriguing portrait of American individualist and his time.' Los Angeles Time Book Review D'Antonio's writing "unfold much like a good novel.' Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
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A Ball, a Dog, and a Monkey tells the remarkable story of America's first efforts to succeed in space, a time of exploding rockets, national space mania, Florida boomtowns, and interservice rivalries so fierce that President Dwight Eisenhower had to referee them. When the Soviet Union launched the first orbital satellite, Sputnik I, Americans panicked. The Soviets had nuclear weapons, the Cold War was underway, and now the USSR had taken the lead in the space race. Members of Congress and the press called for an all-out effort to launch a satellite into orbit. With dire warnings about national security in the news almost every day, the armed services saw space as the new military frontier. But President Eisenhower insisted that the space effort, which relied on military technology, be supervised by civilians so that the space race would be peaceful. The Navy's Vanguard program flopped, and the Army, led by ex-Nazi rocket scientist Wernher von Braun and a martinet general named J. Bruce Medaris (whom Eisenhower disliked), took over. Meanwhile, the Soviets put a dog inside the next Sputnik, and Americans grew more worried as the first animal in space whirled around the Earth. Throughout 1958 America went space crazy. UFO sightings spiked. Boys from Brooklyn to Burbank shot model rockets into the air. Space-themed beauty pageants became a national phenomenon. The news media flocked to the launchpads on the swampy Florida coast, and reporters reinvented themselves as space correspondents. And finally the Army's rocket program succeeded. Determined not to be outdone by the Russians, America's space scientists launched the first primate into space, a small monkey they nicknamed Old Reliable for his calm demeanor. And then at Christmastime, Eisenhower authorized the launch of a secret satellite with a surprise aboard. A Ball, a Dog, and a Monkey memorably recalls the infancy of the space race, a time when new technologies brought ominous danger but also gave us the ability to realize our dreams and reach for the stars.Ver Descripción del producto
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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.