By Roald Z. Sagdeev
The severely acclaimed memoir that rips the curtain of secrecy off the area of Soviet science
"Revelations and insights concerning the Soviet area software . . . it really is strong that one of these clever guy will reside between us for a while." --The manhattan Times
"A infrequent, beneficial, insider's examine the Soviet army business machine."--Publishers Weekly
"I chanced on it attention-grabbing . . . vital not just to scientists, but in addition in case you type executive politics generally."--Herman Feshbach Institute Professor Emeritus Massachusetts Institute of Technology
"A actual contribution to the literature of the distance age."--Chicago Sun-Times
"This is a robust but fascinating account of the Soviet Union's medical, area, and army firm, characterised by way of Sagdeev's frank and insightful sort combined with pleasant humor and humanity."--Charles H. Townes Nobel Laureate in Physics college of California, Berkeley
"For all who're attracted to the interplay of technology and society, and within the nature of the Soviet Union as visible through a prepared observer who used to be even as an 'insider' and a committed humanist, this booklet is very recommended." --Physics Today
From Publishers Weekly
Sagdeev, a physicist who directed the previous Soviet Union's area study Institute from 1973 to 1990, performed a very important function in restraining a Soviet counteroffensive to the U.S. "Star Wars" software, thereby aiding to stop an acceleration of the nuclear fingers race in area. This modest, anecdotal memoir presents a unprecedented, priceless insider's examine the Soviet military-industrial computing device. engaged on the U.S.S.R.'s abortive controlled-fusion application within the Nineteen Fifties, Sagdeev witnessed Stalin's damaging interference with the clinical neighborhood. supplying close-ups of Brezhnev, Gorbachev and physicist/dissident Andrei Sakharov, his narrative exhibits how area tasks of genuine clinical price have been hobbled whereas best precedence used to be given to expensive, prestige-oriented feats intended to rival these of NASA. Sagdeev is now a physics professor on the college of Maryland; his spouse, Susan Eisenhower, the book's editor, is Ike's granddaughter, including a twist to this chilly struggle account.
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From Library Journal
World-class scientist Sagdeev, at the moment uncommon professor of physics and director of the East-West middle for house technological know-how on the collage of Maryland, has written an autobiography of his specialist profession. (The paintings has been edited via his spouse, the granddaughter of President Dwight D. Eisenhower.) whereas the reader learns little of his own lifestyles, this account bargains nice perception into the politics of Soviet technology and the impression of the chilly battle in shaping clinical research-East and West. As director of the gap examine Institute for the Soviet Union, Sagdeev practiced perestroika ahead of the time period got here into utilization; he finally served as summit adviser to Mikhail Gorbachev and his technological know-how adviser. With its transparent and easy-to-read sort, absence of technical jargon, and wit and charm-even the footnotes are enjoyable-this booklet is extremely recommended.