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by Jamie Doran

  • Author: Jamie Doran
  • ISBN: 0747536880
  • ISBN13: 978-0747536888
  • ePub: 1972 kb | FB2: 1433 kb
  • Language: English
  • Category: Travelers & Explorers
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury; 1St Edition edition (1998)
  • Pages: 248
  • Rating: 4.1/5
  • Votes: 479
  • Format: azw docx lrf lit
Starman: The truth behind the legend of Yuri Gagarin ePub download

Starman, Jamie Doran and Piers Bizony’s biography of Russian cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin, was originally published in 1998 . There is some great insight into all the politics behind the final selection, as well as the political struggles behind other decisions in the space program.

The book covers Gagarin’s childhood under Nazi occupation during World War II, his cosmonaut training, his historic flight as the first human being to leave the earth’s atmosphere, his triumphant yet troubling tenure as perhaps the most famous person in the world, and his mysterious death.

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Starman tells for the first time Gagarin's personal odyssey from peasant to international icon, his .

Starman tells for the first time Gagarin's personal odyssey from peasant to international icon, his subsequent decline as his personal life began to disintegrate under the pressures of fame, and his final disillusionment with the Russian state. President Kennedy's quest to put an American on the Moon was a direct reaction to Gagarin's achievement-yet before that successful moonshot occurred, Gagarin himself was dead, aged just thirty-four, killed in a mysterious air crash.

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Doran . Bizony . книга Starman: The Truth Behind the Legend of. . книга Starman: The Truth Behind the Legend of Yuri Gagarin. My fascination with Gagarin was sparked three years ago, when I was completing a major television documentary series on the Soviet nuclear-weapons programme. It became clear to me that the story of The Red Bomb would not be complete without a description of the rockets that were built to carry them out into space, even as they threatened us with destruction here on earth.

On April 12, 1961, Yuri Gagarin became the first person in history to leave the Earth's atmosphere and venture into .

On April 12, 1961, Yuri Gagarin became the first person in history to leave the Earth's atmosphere and venture into space. His flight aboard a Russian Vostok rocket lasted only 108 minutes, but at the end of it he had become the most famous man in the world. Back on the ground, his smiling face captured the hearts of millions around the globe.

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Yuri Gagarin is one of the great heroes of the twentieth century, but the details of his life and the Russian space effort have .

Yuri Gagarin is one of the great heroes of the twentieth century, but the details of his life and the Russian space effort have been shrouded in secrecy: even the names of the engineers who worked with Gagarin were a mystery to the West for many years. Starman is the first book to tell the compelling story behind Gagarin's life and his audacious first flight into space aboard a converted nuclear weapon. He was once the most famous man in the world yet in his life, as in death, he was a man the world knew almost nothing about. EPUB FB2 PDF TXT RTF.

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Writer Piers Bizony and award winning film producer Jamie Doran have written a slim, yet well-researched biography of the world's first spaceman, Yuri Gagarin, in Starman. The 250-page book traces Gagarin's jet-propelled life, from his poor- boy roots in the Russian village of Klushino to his historic flight into space on April 12, 1961. The biography's strong point is in its examination of the institutional idiocies and failures that marked the Russian space programme. A classic example would be Gagarin's death in an aircraft crash near Moscow on March 27, 1968. The Soviet authorities left his family believing he was assassinated when it was almost certain that the cause of the crash was a simple air traffic control error. In another incident, a pre-flight report that showed cosmonaut Vladimir Komarov's Soyuz spacecraft had 203 faults--including a parachute that wouldn't open--was pulped. Komarov died in the craft. The biography is a fascinating--yet chilling--look at bureaucracy gone wrong.
Sharpmane
Starman, Jamie Doran and Piers Bizony’s biography of Russian cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin, was originally published in 1998 and rereleased in 2011 to capitalize on the 50th anniversary of the first manned flight into space. The book covers Gagarin’s childhood under Nazi occupation during World War II, his cosmonaut training, his historic flight as the first human being to leave the earth’s atmosphere, his triumphant yet troubling tenure as perhaps the most famous person in the world, and his mysterious death. It is a fascinating and compelling story, and Doran and Bizony have done an admirable job in researching and telling it.

While following the course of Gagarin’s exciting but all too brief life, the book provides a fascinating glimpse behind the Iron Curtain into the early days of the Soviet space program. Struggling to compete with the Americans for the greater glory of their country, the Soviet scientists stumbled toward greatness as they rushed to figure out how to put a man in space. A great deal of trial and error was involved, and safety was not always priority one. The same was true for the U.S. The authors periodically check in with the American side of the space race to illustrate each superpower’s competitive standing and how decisions on one side influenced those on the other.

One surprising detail regarding Gagarin’s road to space is that the Soviets trained two cosmonauts for that first epic spaceflight, waiting until very late in the process to decide their fates. Only a few days before the launch was Gherman Titov notified that he would be sitting this one out while Gagarin rode into glory. There is some great insight into all the politics behind the final selection, as well as the political struggles behind other decisions in the space program. After his brief rocket ride, Gagarin became phenomenally famous and was treated as a national treasure, carted around the world to make countless personal appearances. He shouldered the role as best he could, but his first love was flying. He wanted to go back into space, hopefully on a moon mission, but the Soviet government treated their cosmonaut heroes with surprising overprotectiveness, not only hindering them from further spaceflight but also severely prohibiting their piloting of aircraft. Gagarin’s rise to greatness is inspiring, but the subsequent aftermath is often surprisingly tragic.

The authors dug up a great deal of documentation from Soviet archives and interviewed many key players in the space program, as well as Gagarin family members. While the research is extensive, the writing isn’t always all it could be. Rather than taking their documents and interviews and distilling them into a compelling and cohesive narrative, Doran and Bizony at times make you feel like you’re reading a bunch of documents and interviews. The research really takes precedence over the writing. There is a sort of magazine journalism style to the prose that sometimes feels out of place within an authoritative account of a man’s life. I also felt like the foreword promised more mystery and controversy than the story ultimately delivered. Nevertheless, I learned a great deal from this book and thoroughly enjoyed reading it. Gagarin is a great hero, yet like all heroes—as the authors point out—he had his flaws. The authors go beyond the superstardom to expose the humanity beneath, thereby bringing this stellar hero down to earth for us to appreciate more fully his accomplishments and struggle.
Andromajurus
For anyone unfamiliar with the " Race for Space " in the 60's this is a must read. If you are old enough to have lived through this period the specifics will be fascinating. Insights into both the USSR and US governments at the time are more than interesting. The life of the first " cosmonaut " captured in this read provides a unique look into Russian life,it's leaders and it's propaganda politics.Given the USSR was not even fifty years old in the 60's the reader will better understand the level on control the government had and wanted over its citizens during this period. Lastly, and most important, the book points out how the race for space was a positive boon for future of global technology. You won't be disappointed if you have any interest in " contemporary history ".
Chinon
I had been meaning to pick up this book since I first heard about it on NPR a few years ago.

I grew up a child of the seventies living in the United States, where the Russians only personality according to all the news I got, was that they were bloodthirsty communists and never as the humourous multidimensional people with rich cultural heritage I came to know them to be.

Having been born in the late sixties, from the time I was aware of space as a concept, we were already ahead of them. By the time I was two years old, the United States had already beaten the Russians in the space race.

Yes, we were taught about Sputnik and the fact that the Russians put the first man ( and woman) in space was something mentioned , but not discussed in detail. This book, takes advantage of archives only recently opened, and interviews the people close to Gargarin, and the orginal Soviet cosmonauts, the "little eagles"

Gargarins life after his brief time in space, made him a worldwide rockstar- with all the trappings and temptation that comes with a meteoric vault into superstardom. It humanises him as a man and legend. Additionally this book also does a fantastic job of discussing the life and times of those other fathers of modern space flight that were in orbit around him. People like Alexi Leonov . It's fantastically researched biographical material and does a great job of not only telling Gargarins story, but the stories, life and times of many fascinating people around him. If you're a space dork, this book should be in your collection. I highly recommend it, and at just under four dollars for the Kindle version , it's a bargain of epic proportion.

Buy this book!!!
Auridora
I have read about the Soviet space program and something of the first man in space, Yuri Gagarin, but almost everything I read ended with something like "... but Gagarin would end up dying in an airplane accident in 1968." As the authors make clear there was more to the story than that.

Yuri Gagarin was from a simple peasant family and he himself became fascinated with flight at an early age. He became one of the Soviet pilots screened from the armed forces to become a cosmonaut, one of thousands of men interviewed and tested for a purpose they would not be told until they had a small number of candidates. Out of the original group of candidates it would come down to Titov and Gagarin and at the last minute (almost) just down to Gagarin.

As the first man in space Gagarin became a celebrity in the USSR (something almost unheard of) and even around the world. He was an optimist, a positive person but the pressures of being Yuri Gagarin, First Man in Space started to wear down Yuri Gagarin, Soviet Air Force officer. His life ended tragically flying an old (even by Soviet standards) MiG trainer and the exact circumstances have never been explained to all concerned.

An interesting discussion of an icon of the Space Race Era. The authors wrote this in a very engaging style and the topic really came alive for me.
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