HighBridge Audio

Skip to Main Content »

Category Navigation:

Search Site

Red Moon Rising

Nonfiction: Astrophysics & Space Science / Politics
Unabridged   11.5 hour(s)
Publication date: 09/18/2007

Red Moon Rising

Sputnik and the Hidden Rivals That Ignited the Space Age

Available from major retailers or BUY FROM AMAZON
Audio CD ISBN:9781598875232
Digital Download ISBN:9781598875287


The first book to capture both the Soviet and American sides of the event that started the space race and changed our world.

Be the first to review this product
Email to a Friend

Product Description

On October 4, 1957, a time of Cold War paranoia, the Soviet Union secretly launched the Earth’s first artificial moon. No bigger than a basketball, the tiny satellite was powered by a car battery. Yet, for all its simplicity, Sputnik stunned the world.

Based on extensive research in the US and newly opened archives in the former USSR, Red Moon Rising tells the story of five extraordinary months in the history of technology and the rivalry between two superpowers. It takes us inside the Kremlin and introduces the Soviet engineer Korolev, the charismatic, politically-minded visionary who motivated Khruschev to support what others dismissed as a ridiculous program. Korolev is virtually unknown to most Americans, yet it is because of him that NASA exists, that college loan programs were started in the US, and that Kennedy and Johnson became presidents.

Character driven, suspenseful, and dramatic, Red Moon Rising unveils the politics, people, science, and mindset behind a critical and transformative world event.


“The writing is fast-paced and crisp, the stakes high and the tension palpable from the first pages of this high-flying account of the early days of the space race. . . . [HC edition starred review]”
      —Publishers Weekly

“one comes away not only entertained but informed.”
      —The Washington Post

"“If there were any justice in the world of publishing, this spectacular and accessible history of the space race would be rocketing to the top of best-seller lists on audio. . . .”
      —USA Today

Author Bio

MATTHEW BRZEZINSKI is a contributing writer for The New York Times Magazine and former foreign correspondent at The Wall Street Journal. He is also the author of Casino Moscow: A Tale of Greed and Adventure on Capitalisms Wildest Frontier. He lives in Washington, D.C.

You Might Also Enjoy

The Cold War

The Cold War

Scorpion Down

Scorpion Down