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A Ball, a Dog, and a Monkey: 1957--the Space Race Begins
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Tantor Media Inc
Publication date October 1, 2007
Binding CD/Spoken Word
Edition Unabridged
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9781400105038
ISBN-10 140010503X
Dimensions 1.25 by 6.25 by 5.25 in.
Weight 0.50 lbs.
Original list price $34.99
Other format details audio
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Summary
An account of the first year of the space race describes the dramatic rivalry between the U.S. and the Soviet Union and how it was marked by such contributing factors as UFO sightings, intelligence gathering, and fierce nationalism.
Amazon.com description: Product Description: 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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Hardcover
Book cover for 9780743294317
 
from Simon & Schuster (September 18, 2007); titled "A Ball, a Dog, and a Monkey: 1957--The Space Race Begins"
9780743294317 | details & prices | 306 pages | 6.25 × 9.75 × 1.25 in. | 1.15 lbs | List price $26.00
About: An account of the first year of the space race describes the dramatic rivalry between the U.
Paperback
Book cover for 9780743294324
 
Reprint edition from Simon & Schuster (September 30, 2008); titled "A Ball, a Dog, and a Monkey: 1957--the Space Race Begins"
9780743294324 | details & prices | 306 pages | 5.50 × 8.50 × 1.00 in. | 0.68 lbs | List price $19.99
About: 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.
CD/Spoken Word
Book cover for 9781400105038 Book cover for 9781400155033
 
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Unabridged edition from Tantor Media Inc (October 1, 2007); titled "A Ball, a Dog, and a Monkey: 1957--the Space Race Begins"
9781400105038 | details & prices | 6.25 × 5.25 × 1.25 in. | 0.50 lbs | List price $34.99
About: An account of the first year of the space race describes the dramatic rivalry between the U.
With Alan Sklar (other contributor) | Mp3 una edition from Tantor Media Inc (October 1, 2007); titled "A Ball, a Dog, and a Monkey: 1957--The Space Race Begins"
9781400155033 | details & prices | 5.25 × 7.50 × 0.50 in. | 0.20 lbs | List price $24.99
About: An account of the first year of the space race describes the dramatic rivalry between the U.

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