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Rockets and Revolution: A Cultural History of Early Spaceflight

Smith, Michael G.

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ISBN 10: 0803255225 / ISBN 13: 9780803255227
Published by University of Nebraska Press, 2014
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Hardcover with dust jacket. Black cloth quarter binding, with yellow paper over boards, and gold lettering stamped into the spine. No date listed on title page; copyright page dated 2014. 431 pages. Very good condition. Corners are bumped. Slight fading to cloth at foot of spine. Small red mark on fore-edge of pages. Binding is square and sturdy, and pages are clean and unmarked. Dust jacket has full-color pictorial front cover, with white and yellow lettering on a red and black spine, and white, yellow and orange lettering on the front cover. Very good condition. Light creasing to corners; minor wear to edges and corners. Illustrated throughout with black-and-white photographs and reproductions of documents and artworks. Purdue University professor of history Michael G. Smith chronicles the early efforts of the Russian, American and European attempts to launch a craft into space. Bookseller Inventory # 8-1200

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Title: Rockets and Revolution: A Cultural History ...

Publisher: University of Nebraska Press

Publication Date: 2014

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good

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Rockets and Revolution offers a multifaceted study of the race toward space in the first half of the twentieth century, examining how the Russian, European, and American pioneers competed against one another in the early years to acquire the fundamentals of rocket science, engineer simple rockets, and ultimately prepare the path for human spaceflight.

Between 1903 and 1953, Russia matured in radical and dramatic ways as the tensions and expectations of the Russian revolution drew it both westward and spaceward. European and American industrial capacities became the models to imitate and to surpass. The burden was always on Soviet Russia to catch up—enough to achieve a number of remarkable “firsts” in these years, from the first national rocket society to the first comprehensive surveys of spaceflight. Russia rose to the challenges of its Western rivals time and again, transcending the arenas of science and technology and adapting rocket science to popular culture, science fiction, political ideology, and military programs.

While that race seemed well on its way to achieving the goal of space travel and exploring life on other planets, during the second half of the twentieth century these scientific advances turned back on humankind with the development of the intercontinental ballistic missile and the coming of the Cold War.

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Michael G. Smith is an associate professor of history at Purdue University.

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