The book reviewed today is only one of many commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Sputnik launch. Here are some of the others.
"After Sputnik: 50 Years of the Space Age" by Martin Collins, ed. Smithsonian Books, $35, 256 pages.
"Red Moon Rising: Sputnik and the Hidden Rivalries That Ignited the Space Age" by Matthew Brzezinski. Time Books, $26, 304 pages.
"Sputnik: The Shock of the Century" by Paul Dickson. Walker; originally published in 2001, rereleased as a hardback for $19.95; 320 pages.
"'Live from Cape Canaveral': Covering the Space Race, from Sputnik to Today" by Jay Barbree, Smithsonian Books, $26.95, 321 pages.