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Red Cosmos: K. E. Tsiolkovskii, Grandfather of Soviet Rocketry (Centennial of Flight Series) Hardcover – July 24, 2009

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". . . the story of a man with a vision for the future." -Sergei Khrushchev, Brown University
 
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". . . a genuine contribution. . ." -Loren Graham, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
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". . . expertly situates Tsiolkovskii's curious career within the tradition of Russian popular science and science fiction. . ." -Michael J. Neufeld, author, Von Braun: Dreamer of Space, Engineer of War

(Michael J. Neufeld author, Von Braun: Dreamer of Space, Engineer of War)

"James Andrews has written the first English-language biography of this Russian experimenter and theorizer in attempt to explain why this perennial icon of rocketry and spaceflight retains such an uneven legacy in modern Russia." - Cathleen S. Lewis, Quest
(Cathleen S. Lewis Quest 2011-02-01)

"James Andrews's short, readable biography draws on rich Russian archives to retell the Tsiolkovskii story in its fascinating complexity. . . This biography is a welcome addition to the history of Soviet rocketry. Students of the history of astronautics and Russian and Soviet technology would find here a penetrating analysis of one of the main forerunners of modern rocketry." - Slava Gerovitch, Technology and Culture
(Slava Gerovitch Technology and Culture 2011-05-26)

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JAMES T. ANDREWS is an associate professor of modern Russian history at Iowa State University, where he has been director of EurAsian Studies and director of the Center for the Historical Studies of Technology and Science.
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Product Details

  • Series: Centennial of Flight Series (Book 18)
  • Hardcover: 168 pages
  • Publisher: Texas A&M University Press (July 24, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1603441174
  • ISBN-13: 978-1603441179
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,443,581 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By rozabell on January 6, 2013
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Red Cosmos is a book of Essential space history. Very well written. It should be widely available, but it is not.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. delcol on December 30, 2010
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Because there is so little in English about Tsiolkovsky,Texas A&M Press should be commended for publishing this work; however, it appears not to have been edited carefully. Some technical passages are nearly incomprehensible. Tsiolkovsky certainly understood and endorsed Newton's laws of motion and theory of gravitation, but a reader might be led to think otherwise, given the very awkward renderings of his comments in the text.

There are also several careless lapses in spelling and usage. Among them are 'to wet', instead of 'whet' an appetite, and the use of 'litany' to refer to a procession of visitors instead of a sequence of prayers.
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