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    DescriptionPulitzer 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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    Title
    A Ball, a Dog, and a Monkey
    Subtitle
    1957-The Space Race Begins
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Michael D'Antonio, Narrator Alan Sklar
    Physical properties
    Format: CD-Audio
    Width: 140 mm
    Height: 160 mm
    Thickness: 28 mm
    Weight: 1,111 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781400105038
    ISBN 10: 140010503X
    Classifications

    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1KBB
    B&T Book Type: NF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.2
    BIC E4L: HIS
    BIC subject category V2: HBLW
    B&T Merchandise Category: AUD
    BIC subject category V2: HBJK
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/20CNTY
    BISAC V2.8: HIS027140
    B&T General Subject: 430
    BISAC V2.8: TEC056000, HIS032000
    BISAC Merchandising Theme: ET180
    Ingram Theme: CULT/RUSSIA
    B&T Approval Code: A43010200
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/1950
    Ingram Subject Code: JV
    Libri: I-JV
    BISAC V2.8: TEC002000
    B&T Approval Code: S87360000, A16424000
    BISAC V2.8: HIS036060
    DC22: 629.43409045
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 56820
    DC21: 629.43409045
    DC22: 629.43/409045
    LC subject heading: , ,
    LC classification: TL796.5.U5 D36 2007B
    Thema V1.0: NHD, NHK, TRP
    Thema geographical qualifier V1.0: 1KBB
    Thema time period qualifier V1.0: 3MP
    Edition
    Unabridged
    Edition statement
    Unabridged
    Publisher
    Tantor Media, Inc
    Imprint name
    Tantor Media, Inc
    Publication date
    02 October 2007
    Publication City/Country
    Old Saybrook, CT
    Author Information
    Michael D'Antonio is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist. Alan Sklar is the winner of several "AudioFile" Earphones Awards and a multiple finalist for the APA's prestigious Audie Award. Named a Best Voice of 2009 by "AudioFile" magazine, his work has twice earned him a Booklist Editors' Choice Award, a "Publishers Weekly" Listen-Up Award, and Audiobook of the Year by "ForeWord" magazine.
    Review quote
    ""Recovers for a new generation the thrill of a pioneer quest and the spirit of an age that already seems like ancient history."" ---Kirkus