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Race to the moon : America's duel with the Soviets

Author: William B Breuer
Publisher: Westport, Conn. : Praeger, 1993.
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Race to the Moon is a suspenseful thriller about the 30-year clash between the United States and the Soviet Union to be the first to put a man on the moon. This true account is heavy with intrigue, espionage, and controversy.

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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Breuer, William B., 1923-
Race to the moon.
Westport, Conn. : Praeger, 1993
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: William B Breuer
ISBN: 0275944816 9780275944810
OCLC Number: 26546117
Description: x, 222 pages, [18] pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: "This Great New American Enterprise" The Oslo Mystery Package "Today the Space Ship Was Born!" A Bitter Clash of Viewpoints Operation Hydra The Gestapo Strikes at Midnight The Polish Underground Steals a V-2 The Great Treasure Hunt Begins "Germany Has Lost the War!" Journey to the Bavarian Alps Discovery at Kohnstein Mountain "They're 25 Years Ahead of Us!" Smuggling a Trainload of Missile Experts Threats and Blackmail Rattlesnakes, Tarantulas, and Guided Missiles Operation Osvakim: A Mass Kidnapping A Fateful "Wrong Decision" Billy Mitchell of the Space Age Goldstone Has the Bird! "I'm Tired of America Being Second!" An Astronaut is Missing "But Why, Some Say, the Moon?" A Christmas Eve Spectacular "The Eagle Has Landed!" Epilogue Bibliography Index
Responsibility: William B. Breuer.


Traces the story of how America got to the Moon before Communist Russia. The book opens with an appeal by President John F. Kennedy for winning the space race, then tells how German rocket  Read more...


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