By Roald Z. Sagdeev
The significantly acclaimed memoir that rips the curtain of secrecy off the area of Soviet science
"Revelations and insights in regards to the Soviet area software . . . it's strong that this sort of clever guy will reside between us for a while." --The ny Times
"A infrequent, priceless, insider's examine the Soviet army commercial machine."--Publishers Weekly
"I came upon it interesting . . . vital not just to scientists, but in addition when you type executive politics generally."--Herman Feshbach Institute Professor Emeritus Massachusetts Institute of Technology
"A genuine contribution to the literature of the distance age."--Chicago Sun-Times
"This is a robust but fascinating account of the Soviet Union's medical, house, and armed forces firm, characterised via Sagdeev's frank and insightful type combined with pleasant humor and humanity."--Charles H. Townes Nobel Laureate in Physics collage of California, Berkeley
"For all who're drawn to the interplay of technology and society, and within the nature of the Soviet Union as obvious through a prepared observer who used to be even as an 'insider' and a committed humanist, this e-book is very recommended." --Physics Today
From Publishers Weekly
Sagdeev, a physicist who directed the previous Soviet Union's area examine Institute from 1973 to 1990, performed a vital function in restraining a Soviet counteroffensive to the U.S. "Star Wars" software, thereby supporting to stop an acceleration of the nuclear palms race in house. This modest, anecdotal memoir offers a unprecedented, precious insider's examine the Soviet military-industrial laptop. engaged on the U.S.S.R.'s abortive controlled-fusion application within the Fifties, Sagdeev witnessed Stalin's damaging interference with the clinical neighborhood. delivering close-ups of Brezhnev, Gorbachev and physicist/dissident Andrei Sakharov, his narrative indicates how house tasks of actual clinical worth have been hobbled whereas most sensible 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 extraordinary professor of physics and director of the East-West heart for area technology on the college of Maryland, has written an autobiography of his expert 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 bargains nice perception into the politics of Soviet technology and the impression of the chilly struggle in shaping clinical research-East and West. As director of the distance study Institute for the Soviet Union, Sagdeev practiced perestroika sooner than the time period got here into utilization; he ultimately 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 ebook is very recommended.
Elizabeth Fielder Olson, Archer & Greiner, Haddonfield, N.J.
Copyright 1994 Reed company details, Inc.