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David Scott and Alexei Leonov

Two Sides of the Moon

In Two Sides of the Moon: Our Story of the Cold War Space Race Astronaut David Scott and Cosmonaut Alexei Leonov tell of their involvement in the space programs aimed at moon landings.

The book alternates short sections by each of the authors. We hear of each of their early lives, leading to careers as test pilots - with some near-death experiences - and then to the chance to join the space program. Leonov was the first person to walk in space, but Scott did so soon afterwards. Scott was commander of the Apollo 9 flight, and went on to walk on the moon as commander of Apollo 15, and Leonov flew on the Apollo-Soyuz mission in 1975.

I felt that the alternation of sections from each author worked well, giving the differing viewpoints of various stages of the space race, including what each side thought about the other - early on they were sometimes doubtful about the claims the other side made, later on they had a more collaborative attitude. This format also avoids long unbroken stretches of text. I felt that the book was highly informative - I hadn't realised how close the Russians were in the race to the moon (until the death of Korolev who had been pushing the project forward). Highly recommended.

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Paperback 448 pages  
ISBN: 0312308663
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Published: 2006 St. Martin's Griffin
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Published: 2011 Bedford Square Books
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"An extraordinary book."
---Arthur C. Clarke

Space 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