By Roald Z. Sagdeev
The severely acclaimed memoir that rips the curtain of secrecy off the realm of Soviet science
"Revelations and insights concerning the Soviet house application . . . it really is stable that this sort of 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 additionally if you happen to 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 strong but fascinating account of the Soviet Union's clinical, area, and armed forces firm, characterised by way of Sagdeev's frank and insightful kind combined with pleasant humor and humanity."--Charles H. Townes Nobel Laureate in Physics collage of California, Berkeley
"For all who're attracted to the interplay of technology and society, and within the nature of the Soviet Union as obvious by means of a willing observer who was once even as 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 area examine 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 hands race in area. This modest, anecdotal memoir offers an extraordinary, precious 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 harmful interference with the medical neighborhood. supplying close-ups of Brezhnev, Gorbachev and physicist/dissident Andrei Sakharov, his narrative indicates how house tasks of genuine clinical price have been hobbled whereas most sensible precedence was once 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 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 via 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 effect of the chilly warfare in shaping medical 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 kind, absence of technical jargon, and wit and charm-even the footnotes are enjoyable-this booklet is very recommended.