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'Sputnik: The Shock of the Century'

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'Sputnik: The Shock of the Century'

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'Sputnik: The Shock of the Century'

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Fifty years ago, the Soviet Union's launch of the satellite Sputnik sent shock waves through America, sparked the space race and wrenched the U.S. from its post-war smugness.

In his new book, Sputnik: The Shock of a Century, author Paul Dickson chronicles the launch and the profound changes in society that followed.