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A History of Space Flight

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WILEY
T. A. Heppenheimer's acclaimed chronicle of rockets, politics, and the pioneers who dared to reach beyond humanity's limits.

"The most comprehensive, up-to-date, and best written history of space flight there is."-The Times (London)

"A lively account of the development of space activities in the U.S. and the Soviet Union . . . as good a one-volume overview of space as exists."-Scientific American.

"Countdown is by far the best history of space flight I have ever read. It is detailed, lucidly written for the layman, and full of fascinating stories.-Adrian Berry, Daily Telegraph.

"Science writer Heppenheimer's readable account provides a timely historical overview of the early visionaries, the engineers, and the geopolitical forces that placed men on the moon and created today's aerospace industry. . . . A thoughtful analysis that is highly recommended.-Library Journal.

"By far the most significant and technically insightful account of the ventures into the space environment I have seen. . . . [Heppenheimer] concentrates unerringly on key elements, both technical and managerial, in this account of man's initial space ventures."-Lee Atwood, Former president and chairman, North American Aviation Corporation.

"Like a skilled artisan, Heppenheimer weaves social, political, scientific, technological, military, and economic threads of the history of space flight into a tapestry that reveals fascinating patterns and themes."-Publishers Weekly

Baker & Taylor
Exposes the behind-the-scenes events of the U.S. and Soviet space programs, describing key personalities, technologies, successes, and failures encountered along the way

Book News
A comprehensive account of mankind's drive to explore outer space. The author, a fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, has written extensively on aerospace, business, and the history of technology. He traces the evolution of long-range projectiles in the 20th century; and, drawing on new information, including recently opened Soviet archives and declassified CIA documents, he looks at the behind-the-scenes events that shaped both the US and Soviet space programs. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

Publisher: 1997 New York John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 9780471144397
0471144398
Characteristics: 398p. : ill

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