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By Evgeny Riabchikov (1971, Doubleday)

Details the start of the Soviet space program into the early 1970s, including rare descriptions of Korolev, and the training and missions of the cosmonauts.



3 stars

Read March 18th to April 4th, 1997  
    An interesting book, especially in that it has political overtones.  It says nothing about failures, and describes every cosmonaut as a perfect person.  But it does give a comprehensive and emotional look at the Russian missions up to the Salyut I station.  It is interesting that I just read an article in Quest magazine that describes the actual mission and failure of the Salyut 1 mission, and it is written in a much more impartial manner.  It was really neat to compare them.  

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