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"An extraordinary book."---Arthur C. ClarkeSpace was one of the most fiercely fought battlegrounds of the Cold War, the Moon its ultimate beachhead.In this dual autobiography, Apollo 15 commander David Scott and cosmonaut Alexei Leonov, the first man to ever walk in space, recount their exceptional lives and careers spent on the cutting edge of science and space exploratio"An extraordinary book."---Arthur C. ClarkeSpace was one of the most fiercely fought battlegrounds of the Cold War, the Moon its ultimate beachhead.In this dual autobiography, Apollo 15 commander David Scott and cosmonaut Alexei Leonov, the first man to ever walk in space, recount their exceptional lives and careers spent on the cutting edge of science and space exploration—and their participation in the greatest technological race ever—to land a man on the Moon.With each mission fraught with perilous tasks, and each space program touched by tragedy, these parallel tales of adventure and heroism read like a modern-day thriller. Cutting fast between their differing recollections, this book reveals, in a very personal way, the drama of one of the most ambitious contests ever embarked on by man, set against the conflict that once held the world in suspense: the clash between Communism and Western democracy.Through the men's memoirs, their courage, passion for exploration, and determination to push themselves to the limit, emerge not only through their triumphs but also through their perseverance in times of extraordinary difficulty and danger."Two Sides of the Moon is unique among space histories. If you are looking for a balanced, interesting, and personal account of the American and Soviet space programs during the 1960s and 1970s this is it."---Astronomy magazine...

Title : Two Sides of the Moon: Our Story of the Cold War Space Race
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Two Sides of the Moon: Our Story of the Cold War Space Race Reviews

  • Stephen
    2019-03-16 08:26

    In another setting, Alexei Leonov and David Scott could have been the cause of the other's death. Fighter pilots from empires at odds with one another, intermittently on the edge of war with the fate of the planet hanging in the balance, they would have surely entered combat against one another had the Cold War ever become hot. But instead, one manifestation of the tension between the United States and the Soviet Union, the Space Race to the moon, made them first respectful rivals, then friends. Two Sides of the Moon is a joint biography of the pair, telling their experience as active participants in the race for the stars. Both men were highly accomplished: Leonov was the first man to walk in space, and Scott commanded Apollo 15, the first explicitly scientific lunar mission. And yet they regarded the Apollo-Soyuz mission as their greatest achievement, for there they established to all the world their conviction the space race had been the triumph of humanity against the odds and the elements, not one nation or one group of men against another.Readers will welcome Two Sides of the Moon as a rare look into the Soviet space program, and Leonov is the best man living to deliver an autobiographical account of it, given that everyone more famous than him in the Soviet program is long dead. Each man takes turns telling his side of the story, from their boyhood days until the culmination of the race in Apollo-Soyuz, in which spacecraft from both powers unite, demonstrating the feasibility of international cooperation, to which the International Space Station is a tribute. Although their stories are wholly distinct from the other, they do work in references to their shared experiences and this combined effort: Scott comments upon seeing the Earth from space that they "should have sent an artist": Leonov, appropriately enough, was a painter. Another reference is Leonov revealing an early death in the Soyuz program caused by a spark in a pure-oxygen atmosphere, a disaster that the United States experienced for itself when Gus Gussom, Ed White (first American to spacewalk) and Roger Chaffey were killed in a launchpad fire caused by the a spark same flammable, pressurized atmosphere. Their accounts offer comments and comparisons about the two space programs: despite their sensitive nature, information leaked through intelligence services reliably. By the authors' account, a feeling of cameradie between the astro- and cosmo-nauts established itself early: despite their being opposing military men, the would-be spacefarers from either side of the Iron Curtain were exposing themselves to extraordinary risks, and under extraordinary scrutiny. When one man from one program fell, they all felt it -- by this account. The Soviet program was distinct in being lead in its early years by Sergei Korolev, the "Chief Designer": Leonov presents him as a driving force behind the Soviet's organization and planning, and when he died in 1966, their program began faltering. (It didn't help that by that point, ambitions were truly lunar and new rockets were being introduced into both programs -- NASA had far better success with its moon-bound Saturns than the Soviets did with their rockets.) The American astronauts were wholly unaware of his role in the Soviet program, one of the few complete surprises their joint account reveals. The book moves more swiftly through the post-Apollo 11 years, mentioning the Salyut project briefly before giving more attention to Apollo-Soyuz, in which the two men both took part. The book ends with epilogues in which both men comment on the fates of their programs in recent years, and offer musings on what might lay ahead: David Scott offered the idea that nations might have to introduce orbital military patrols to investigate newly-launched satellites.Two Sides of the Moon recommends itself to those interested in the space race, chiefly for Leonov's contributions. Although Scott is a fair writer with helpful technical explanations and many interesting missions, there are so many Apollo biographies out there that his is hard-pressed to rise out among them. Leonov, on the other hand, is nearly alone in offering a Russian view for the English market, and as mentioned easily the best man living to offer an account, given that his close friends like Yuri Gagarin, and his old bosses (including Korlev) are deceased. Two Sides makes the space race out to be an inspiring struggle between two powers whose accomplishments were noble even if their motives were suspect, and reinforces the fact that despite the distinctions and oppositions in our cultures and beliefs, humans are really not so different from one another: underneath the suit of the American astronaut and the Soviet cosmonaut is the same human flesh."When Apollo 11 had soared away from Cape Kennedy I had kept my fingers crossed. I wanted man to succeed in making it to the moon. If it couldn't be me, let it be this crew, I thought, with that we in Russia call 'white envy' - envy mixed with admiration. [...] On the morning of 21 July 1969 everyone forgot, for a few moments, that we were citizens of different countries on Earth. That moment really united the human race. Even in the military center where I stood, where military men were observing the achievements of our rival superpower, there was loud applause."p. 247, Alexei LeonovRelated:Into that Silent Sea, Francis French and Colin Burgess, a history of both programs. Shot, Alan Shephard and Deke Slayton. Likewise a joint effort, this culminates in Apollo-Soyuz.http://thisweekatthelibrary.blogspot...."Surprise!", Prometheus Music. This celebrates Sputnik and the space age; it's a rather lively tune.

  • Leomr
    2019-03-02 04:27

    I enjoyed this book a lot because it told the space race from both sides and told the story of the astronauts and cosmonauts who made history. The book constantly switches between the perspectives of the two pioneers to show what they were doing during different times of history. The pioneers in question are David Scott and Alexi Leonov. (Alexi Leonov was the first man to walk in space and David Scott who when on the Gemini 8 which was originally scheduled to last three days due to a malfunctioning thruster The crew had to perform the first successful docking of two vehicles in space and demonstrated great piloting skill in overcoming the thruster problem and bringing the spacecraft to a safe landing) The book itself is very well written and gives the reader an insight into soviet life and american at the time.

  • Dustin
    2019-02-27 12:24

    At first glance, this appears to be another story about the space race. But it really does go beyond the race itself, and uniquely focuses on the lives of two men directly involved, albeit on opposite sides of that race. The fact that the book was a joint memoir is fascinating to me. You get a real feel for how the space race was on both sides. Getting the Russian perspective from Leonov was very interesting to me, because so much of their history had to slowly reveal itself over time, where as the American achievements were broadcast for the entire world to see live. I learned about just how far ahead the Russians were, and how their Chief Designer was the true genius behind all of their early triumphs, and how his death set them back years. And the best part is that Leonov tells the Russian side beautifully. It gave me a true appreciation for what they accomplished, and how the cosmonauts were dedicated professionals, same as their American counterparts. The best part of David Scott's story is when we recalls in vivid detail his Apollo 15 mission, from training, to splash down and recovery. This is an exceptionally well written memoir, and it should be required reading for any fan of that part of human history. Much like a good novel, there is tragedy and triumph, with memorable characters, and exotic locations (the moon). At the end, you should be left with an admiration for both men, as well as the sudden urge to look up into the night sky at the moon.

  • Steve Van Slyke
    2019-03-17 08:39

    Aside from having a general interest in space exploration history I wanted to read this book for several reasons. First, I like Dave Scott. He seems to be one of the more accessible Apollo veterans, more of an everyman. Second, Apollo 15 was one of my favorites of the six successful missions. Third, I was interested to get a view from the Russian perspective. And finally, how could I resist a book with a foreward by Neil Armstrong and an introduction by Tom Hanks? The book did not disappoint. The tale of the hair-raising Gemini 8 mission was amazing, and Sergeis vignettes of the Russian program were equally astounding.

  • Steve
    2019-03-08 11:13

    My enduring image of this book is the story of how Leonov and a fellow cosmonaut, having survived the ordeal of a journey in space and a hard landing on earth are stranded in their capsule miles off course, battling the cold and at risk of being eaten by bears! An easy read but a very illuminating one.

  • Meira
    2019-02-23 11:27

    4.5 stars

  • Patricia Di Cunto Bracco
    2019-03-08 09:38

    Excelente livro que mostra um paralelo da vida e experiência do astronauta e cosmonauta, de seu países (contexto histórico) e seus mentores (chefes dos programas espaciais). Impecável!!!

  • Jim Robinson
    2019-03-06 11:14

    Just a fantastic summary of the days of the space race. The dual and intertwined memories of two great space explorers told side by side (David Scott - Apollo 15 and Alexei Leonov - first space walker and the Apollo-Soyuz Test Project) delivers an in depth understanding of the two superpower space programs and the individuals who rode the rockets into space. It really is well written and opened my eyes into much of what went on behind the scenes of what we learned from the media. The story is both political and technical and weaves in the cold war atmosphere into the story of manned space flight. I learned a lot about the Soviet missions and even some about the lesser know US missions and the problems both countries faced in conquering spaceflight. Just Awesome!

  • Marin
    2019-02-25 07:18

    The incredible achievements of 50's , 60's and 70's feels remote and the public lost the interest in the space exploring - this book is very low in Amazon Bestsellers Rank and I bought my copy from a discount shop in Oxford.The main reasons might be the fact that the story was told several times and today the moon landings are history, not future at least for the time being.Apart from the Chinese willing to put their flag on it, I do not see men visiting it in the foreseeable future, unless the cost of flying can be reduced to make the exploration economically viable.The book consists of side to side autobiographies of two of the most successful astronauts, one from each side of the iron curtain.These two men were really exceptional, at the forefront of the first space flights and the landing on the moon. They were given some of the more difficult tasks in the soviet and American space quests and they performed brilliantly.Both were born before the second world war, they were initially fighter pilots and their space training included science studies as well.Scott had a privileged upbringing and he feels aristocratic, Leonov started from a very poor upbringing, but both are examples of very determined, resourceful and successful men.I suspect both were cold, not over friendly people, but the focus on being the best did not allowed them time for social interactions.Leonov is a bit bitter because the soviets lost the moon race and the communism imploded together with any hope of Russian space successes.The narratives are a bit bland, some of the dangerous incidents they faced were the subject of a recent series on Discovery and a lot of what they seen and done might be still classified, but it was an interested reading.

  • Hugh
    2019-03-15 09:35

    Story of a friendship and partnership of great importance. Dave Scott is a favorite of mine because he was such a pioneer, among the astronaut corps, in appreciating the Apollo Guidance Computer and the quirky noun-verb user interface we created. Although my book, Left Brains for the Right Stuff, seeks to give Sergei Korolev his due, I could have done better on that point if I'd been able to read this before publishing. Alexei Leonov's suggestion that Korolev might have been able to win the Moon Race for the USSR if his body hadn't been so badly broken in Stalin's gulag is staggering ... and chilling. I did point out how close the race was, but this revelation illustrates the level of risk in Kennedy's bold commitment.

  • Hugh
    2019-03-20 10:19

    two sides of the moon is a book about the space race which took place during the cold war. I think this is a unique book because it offers a perspective from both sides, the Soviets and the Americans this style of mixing the two perspectives gives a unique view on the entire space race from the end of world war two when both David Scott and Alexi Leonov were born right up until the Apollo-soyuz mission that marked the beginning of cooperation between the U.S.A and the U.S.S.R in space

  • Andy Alexis
    2019-03-01 08:24

    This is a dual account of the moon race, both from the eyes of David Scott, Apollo 15 commander, and Alexei Leonov, the first man to walk in space. Up until the collapse of the Soviet Union, little was known of the failures of the Soviet space program, and this book gives us a rare insight into that and an insight into the humanity of both astronauts. Leonov may also have been the first artist to go into space: on one flight he brought crayons with him.

  • Trinity Y.
    2019-03-05 11:17

    In this dual autobiography written by Alexey Leonov and David Scott, they explain each mission they were ever on, retelling the problems they encountered, and planets they explored. This book, was very helpful for my understanding about Alexey Leonov as he was also on the Apollo-Soyuz Mission.

  • Jo
    2019-03-06 09:39

    Fascinating account of the history of space exploration told by American astronaut David Scott and Russian cosmonaut Alexei Leonov. To read about the achievements of these men and their talented colleagues is truly inspirational.

  • Sarah Hargreaves
    2019-02-19 08:41

    Fasinating to hear both sides of the space raceVery interesting and well written. The competitive 2 sides of the space race, and the companionship between them. Good mix of the technology perspective and the personal.

  • Vendawn
    2019-02-18 12:25

    It's nice to get a view of the space program from 1. The astronauts and 2. Both sides of the race. It's an interesting look into the space race from the Russian side and a more in depth look at the problems not commonly known. Well worth a read if you're interested in this part of history

  • Kenneth
    2019-03-19 06:21

    Loved this book.It's just amazing to read about man's jorney to space. It was not easy to reach the moon, all the trials and failure. Man learns from every mistake.

  • Amber Dusenberry slaton
    2019-03-08 05:36

    Pure ExcellenceFantastic look at the years in which the world looked to the moon with a single walk on its surface.

  • Ztephen
    2019-02-20 08:25

    Fascinating to read, especially the Soviet side which was not well known when I was growing up.

  • Noel
    2019-02-18 05:20

    Excellent story-telling by an astronaut, David Scott, and a cosmonaut, Alexei Leonov. First time i've really read about the soviet side of the space race!

  • Ian
    2019-03-07 04:41

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  • Christine
    2019-03-17 11:33

    Not terribly well written but I liked learning more about a topic I don't know much about.