By Roald Z. Sagdeev
The severely acclaimed memoir that rips the curtain of secrecy off the realm of Soviet science
"Revelations and insights in regards to the Soviet house application . . . it truly is sturdy that any such clever guy will reside between us for a while." --The long island Times
"A infrequent, helpful, insider's examine the Soviet army business machine."--Publishers Weekly
"I stumbled on it interesting . . . vital not just to scientists, but additionally in case you type govt politics generally."--Herman Feshbach Institute Professor Emeritus Massachusetts Institute of Technology
"A actual contribution to the literature of the gap age."--Chicago Sun-Times
"This is a robust but fascinating account of the Soviet Union's clinical, area, and army company, characterised by means 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 drawn to the interplay of technology and society, and within the nature of the Soviet Union as visible through a willing observer who was once while an 'insider' and a devoted humanist, this publication is very recommended." --Physics Today
From Publishers Weekly
Sagdeev, a physicist who directed the previous Soviet Union's house learn Institute from 1973 to 1990, performed an important function in restraining a Soviet counteroffensive to the U.S. "Star Wars" software, thereby supporting to prevent an acceleration of the nuclear fingers race in area. This modest, anecdotal memoir presents a unprecedented, beneficial insider's examine the Soviet military-industrial computing device. engaged on the U.S.S.R.'s abortive controlled-fusion software within the 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 house initiatives of genuine clinical worth have been hobbled whereas best precedence used to be given to high priced, prestige-oriented feats intended to rival these of NASA. Sagdeev is now a physics professor on the collage of Maryland; his spouse, Susan Eisenhower, the book's editor, is Ike's granddaughter, including a twist to this chilly struggle account.
Copyright 1994 Reed enterprise details, Inc.
From Library Journal
World-class scientist Sagdeev, at the moment amazing 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 occupation. (The paintings has been edited through his spouse, the granddaughter of President Dwight D. Eisenhower.) whereas the reader learns little of his own existence, this account deals nice perception into the politics of Soviet technology and the effect of the chilly conflict in shaping medical research-East and West. As director of the distance study Institute for the Soviet Union, Sagdeev practiced perestroika earlier than 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 kind, absence of technical jargon, and wit and charm-even the footnotes are enjoyable-this ebook is extremely recommended.