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cspg
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posted 07-22-2009 12:40 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cspg   Click Here to Email cspg     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The Red Rockets' Glare: Spaceflight and the Soviet Imagination, 1857-1957
by Asif Siddiqi
The Red Rockets' Glare is the first academic study on the birth of the Soviet space program and situates the birth of cosmic enthusiasm within Russian and Soviet history.

About the Author
Asif A. Siddiqi is an assistant professor of history at Fordham University. He specializes in the social and cultural history of modern Russia and the history of science and technology. His work has been supported by the American Historical Association, the Smithsonian Institution, the Social Science Research Council, the National Science Foundation, and the American Academy of Arts & Sciences. His prior book, Challenge to Apollo: The Soviet Union and the Space Race, 1945-1974 (2000), received a number of awards including a citation by the Wall Street Journal as one of the best books ever written on space exploration. He received his Ph.D. from Carnegie Mellon University and currently lives in New York.

  • Hardcover: 300 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press (March 31, 2010)
  • ISBN-10: 0521897602
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521897600

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posted 07-11-2013 05:05 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for dom   Click Here to Email dom     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Asif Siddiqi's excellent (but pricey) academic study 'Red Rockets Glare: Spaceflight and the Soviet Imagination' is presently available on Amazon Canada at a 73% discount! Only three left, so get one while they last...

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posted 07-12-2013 11:30 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for dom   Click Here to Email dom     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hope a few of you got one - it appears the discount has gone down to only 13% now

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posted 10-18-2013 09:56 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cspg   Click Here to Email cspg     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
A paperback edition is due on February 20, 2014.

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posted 10-18-2013 04:41 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for dom   Click Here to Email dom     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Great news. I hope this cheaper paperback edition encourages more to read what really is a unique take on origins of the Russian space programme.

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posted 09-26-2014 08:47 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for spacenyc     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Just a heads up that this book is now out in paperback. See here.

The book is a detailed (pre)history of the Soviet space program and is based almost entirely on extensive research in state and private archives in Russia. There are chapters on Tsiolkovsky, Tsander, GIRD, RNII, Stalin's terror, Korolev's imprisonment, the capture of German designers after World War II, the design of the R-7 ICBM and the origins and launch of Sputnik.

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