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An extraordinary and accessible examination of this enormous contribution to space exploration, supported by riveting first-hand anecdotes. Essential to any air and space collection. (Library Journal (starred))
Well-written, engaging, and brow-raising in many ways. (SpaceCoalition.com)
This excellent narrative will keep you enthralled and give you new perspectives on an old name we're all familiar with. (Astronomy Magazine online)
This extraordinarily intimate account of the 1967 death of a Russian cosmonaut appears in a new book, Starman, by Jamie Doran and Piers Bizony, to be published next month. The authors base their narrative principally on revelations from a KGB officer, Venymin Ivanovich Russayev, and previous reporting by Yaroslav Golovanov in Pravda. This version -- if it's true -- is beyond shocking. (Robert Krulwich, in his post on NPR.org)
Piers Bizony is author of the award-winning 2001: Filming the Future a detailed account of the making of Stanley Kubrick's film, The Rivers of Mars: Searching for the Cosmic Origins of Life and Island in the Sky: Building the International Space Station. He also lectures and organizes exhibitions on space-related subjects.
Jamie Doran of Atlantic Celtic Films is an international award-winning documentary producer. After seven years at BBC Television, he went into independent production, where many of his films have concentrated on lifting the lid of secrecy within the former Soviet Union.
Loved the book - having been a child during this period it brought back happy memories.Published 11 days ago by John F
This book must have been incredibly difficult to write. The secrecy of the Soviet Union, and later, Russia, seems impenetrable. Read morePublished 21 days ago by Chauncey
Very enlightening. Everyone should read this to compare the way we do business here.Published 4 months ago by Jan Short
Well researched book that shows the Soviet side of the space race. Gagarin is a very three dimensional character along with fellow cosmonaut Alexi Leonov. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Gary Payson
Thanks to a fantastic window of opportunity when the KGB apparatus collapsed and before the reinstate of a new secrecy and controlling apparatus, the authors were able to interview... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
Not particularly riveting or anything, but straightforwardly tells the story of Gargarin and how he was a hero of the Soviet Union because he was the 1st guy in orbit. Read morePublished 9 months ago by T' Wretched Reviewer With Malice Aforethought
A sad story you never knew. If you're a history nut this is a must to have in your collection.Published 10 months ago by mr z