Here, marking the fiftieth anniversary of Sputnik, National Geographic recaptures the gripping moment with a lively and compelling new account told from both American and Russian points of view. Through rare, previously unpublished, and powerful photographs you’ll see the urgency and technical creativity of both nations' efforts.The conflict between countries, and the tense drama of their independent progress, unfolds in vivid prose.
Von Hardesty is the author of Air Force One; Lindbergh: Flight's Enigmatic Hero; and Red Phoenix: The Rise of Soviet Air Power, 1941-1945, among many other publications.He is a curator at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum.
Gene Eisman is a veteran journalist and was the researcher for Air Force One.
"A balanced, reader-friendly re-creation of the origins, progress, thrills and perils attending a prestigious race, desperately important at the time, only dimly remembered today."Kirkus