By David Greenwald
Updated October 01, 2007 at 04:00 AM EDT

A history of the space race told mostly from the Russian side in Red Moon Rising.

Crucial Moment
Sputnik, the 1957 satellite heard round the world, was a by-product of Soviet engineers’ efforts at Cold War missile dominance.

Matthew Brzezinski ably pulls back the Iron Curtain to reveal a political and scientific climate both chaotic and groundbreaking. B+