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The Making of a Soviet Scientist: My Adventures in Nuclear Fusion and Space From Stalin to Star Wars Hardcover – April 20, 1994

ISBN-13: 978-0471020318 ISBN-10: 0471020311 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 339 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (April 20, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0471020311
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471020318
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.3 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,043,238 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Sagdeev, a physicist who directed the former Soviet Union's Space Research Institute from 1973 to 1990, played a crucial role in restraining a Soviet counteroffensive to the U.S. "Star Wars" program, thereby helping to forestall an acceleration of the nuclear arms race in space. This modest, anecdotal memoir provides a rare, valuable insider's look at the Soviet military-industrial machine. Working on the U.S.S.R.'s abortive controlled-fusion program in the 1950s, Sagdeev witnessed Stalin's destructive interference with the scientific community. Providing close-ups of Brezhnev, Gorbachev and physicist/dissident Andrei Sakharov, his narrative shows how space projects of real scientific value were hobbled while top priority was given to costly, prestige-oriented feats meant to rival those of NASA. Sagdeev is now a physics professor at the University of Maryland; his wife, Susan Eisenhower, the book's editor, is Ike's granddaughter, adding a twist to this Cold War account.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal

World-class scientist Sagdeev, currently distinguished professor of physics and director of the East-West Center for Space Science at the University of Maryland, has written an autobiography of his professional career. (The work has been edited by his wife, the granddaughter of President Dwight D. Eisenhower.) While the reader learns little of his personal life, this account offers great insight into the politics of Soviet science and the impact of the Cold War in shaping scientific research-East and West. As director of the Space Research Institute for the Soviet Union, Sagdeev practiced perestroika before the term came into usage; he eventually served as summit adviser to Mikhail Gorbachev and his science adviser. With its clear and easy-to-read style, absence of technical jargon, and wit and charm-even the footnotes are enjoyable-this book is highly recommended.
Elizabeth Fielder Olson, Archer & Greiner, Haddonfield, N.J.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By John Martin on April 1, 2010
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I was a NASA engineer who worked at the time of the space race between the U.S. and Russia. This book was especially interesting to me, and give me a clearer perspective on the Russian mentality during the time of the Space Race. Good for anyone who wants to gain a clearer understanding of what is behind the way Russian people think and act.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Angel Alvarez-Cedrón on May 5, 1998
Format: Paperback
We are used to read about science in Europe or America, but this book refers to the knowledge of science in Rusia. How it affects to the politics and how the policts involve in science matters. Very easy to read. It goes from the beginning of the century to the Star War. Personal anectotes of the author with famous russian physicists.
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By Kendall Golden on May 9, 2014
Format: Hardcover
This book was great. I really like how he talked about his natural math ability. The book was a little pretentious and slow. It held my attention and I found it interesting what the scientific community thought about Stalin.
-Kendall G
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I have been really enjoying my recent journey into the Soviet scientific history. The authors have been most engaging telling their stories. It is too bad that the Soviet government was so brutal, their scientists seem brilliant but sadly limited by the government.

Anyway the book is interesting to read and there is a side of Soviet life that needs to be told and this book does a good job in telling it.
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