Based on previously undisclosed material, this book tells the story of Yuri Gagarin, the first man in space After his historic mission, Gagarin became a danger to himself and to the Soviet Union, and he died at the age of thirty four....
|Publisher||:||Bloomsbury Publishing PLC 50th UK ed edition April 1, 2011|
|Number of Pages||:||256 pages|
|File Size||:||593 KB|
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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.
I had been meaning to pick up this book since I first heard about it on NPR a few years ago.
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.
The unvarnished truth about a very real and human hero. Heart warming and tragic, bitter sweet, like Vodka, the biography of the first man in space, is hard to put down. I never knew anything about the man, his family, or the tragic events of his death; nor of the political intrigue surrounding all of it! This objective biography is a fascinating read!
I really enjoyed reading about this man. Like many 'heroes' he had flaws and fame was not a good thing for him in the Soviet Union. I come away with a great deal of respect for Yuri and am left wondering what happened to kill him.
I was part of Mercury and Gemini at the Cape. Many parallels with the Russian program. Gemini spacecraft were manufactured at McDonnell St. Louis, not California! Gene H.