SLAC Colloquium Series

SLAC Colloquium Series


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Sputnik Mania", new documentary by David Hoffman

Date: 11/19/2007

David Hoffman

There were three great shocks to America that brought her to her knees. Pearl Harbor. 9/11. And the launch of Sputnik. After Sputnik, the two great superpowers - threatened and panicked, were heading toward World War III, had it not been for a secret agreement by two ex-generals, Eisenhower and Khrushchev. Immediately after Sputnik 1 and Sputnik2, America was torn apart inside and was mocked in the world. Rushing to get in the race, we failed dismally at our first attempt to get into space. Finally, we succeeded with the help of the American military. Our success provoked increasing the arms race and launched a space race that very well could have put nuclear weapons and missiles in space. Sputnik Mania tells that story.Dramatic. Fast-moving. It is a story filled with intrigue, propaganda, PR, 1950s culture, CIA spies, a story that could not have been told without recently declassified materials.

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