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Starman : The Truth Behind the Legend of Yuri Gagarin (50th Anniversary Edition) - Jamie Doran

Starman

The Truth Behind the Legend of Yuri Gagarin (50th Anniversary Edition)

Paperback Published: 4th April 2011
ISBN: 9781408815540
Number Of Pages: 248

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On April 12 1961, Yuri Gagarin became the first human to leave the Earth's atmosphere and venture into space. An icon of the 20th century, he also became a danger to himself and a threat to the Soviet state. At the age of 34, he was killed in a plane crash. Based on KGB files, restricted documents from Russian space authorities, and interviews with his friends and colleagues, this biography of the Russian cosmonaut reveals a man in turmoil: torn apart by powerful political pressures, fighting a losing battle against alcoholism and rebelling against the cruelties of a corrupt totalitarian regime.
2011 marks the fiftieth anniversary of Gagarin's flight. This new edition of Starman includes a new afterword that celebrates the importance of that momentous expedition and reflects on Gagarin's legacy.
'Starman takes us breakneck speed through Gagarin's strange trajecto...... Without books like these to shelter it, history is eroded by propaganda and real heroes fall victim to spin.' - New Scientist
'A riveting account of Gagarin's life ... Starman brilliantly captures the atmosphere of the time.' - European
'Starman skilfully achieves two distinct objectives: The uncovering of much of the mystery around one of mankind's finest periods, and a full and respectful acknowledgement that its many great heroes, both sung and unsung, were, first and foremost, human beings.' - Moscow Times

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'Starman takes us breakneck speed through Gagarin's strange trajectory...Without books like these to shelter it, history is eroded by propaganda and real heroes fall victim to spin' New Scientist 'A riveting account of Gagarin's life ... Starman brilliantly captures the atmosphere of the time' European 'Starman skilfully achieves two distinct objectives: The uncovering of much of the mystery around one of mankind's finest periods, and a full and respectful acknowledgement that its many great heroes, both sung and unsung, were, first and foremost, human beings' Moscow Times 'Starman was worth writing and is definitely worth reading' Daily Telegraph

ISBN: 9781408815540
ISBN-10: 1408815540
Audience: BAU
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 248
Published: 4th April 2011
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.6 x 12.9  x 1.7
Weight (kg): 0.2
Edition Number: 2
Edition Type: Special edition

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