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Starman: Truth Behind the Legend of Yuri Gagarin Hardcover – 1 Jan 1998

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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC; First Edition edition (1 Jan. 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0747536880
  • ISBN-13: 978-0747536888
  • Package Dimensions: 23.4 x 15.8 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 19 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 824,210 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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.

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"An extraordinary and accessible examination of this enormous contribution to space exploration, supported by riveting first-hand anecdotes. Essential to any air and space collection." - Library Journal (starred)

"Well-written, engaging, and brow-raising in many ways."--SpaceCoalition.com

"This excellent narrative will keep you enthralled and give you new perspectives on an old name we're all familiar with." - "Astronomy Magazine online

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"This extraordinarily intimate account of the 1967 death of a Russian cosmonaut appears in a new book, "Starman, " by Jamie Doran and Piers Bizony, to be published next month. The authors base their narrative principally on revelations from a KGB officer, Venymin Ivanovich Russayev, and previous reporting by Yaroslav Golovanov in "Pravda". This version -- if it's true -- is beyond shocking."--Robert Krulwich, in his post on NPR.org



An extraordinary and accessible examination of this enormous contribution to space exploration, supported by riveting first-hand anecdotes. Essential to any air and space collection. "Library Journal (starred)"

Well-written, engaging, and brow-raising in many ways. "SpaceCoalition.com"

This excellent narrative will keep you enthralled and give you new perspectives on an old name we're all familiar with. "Astronomy Magazine online"

This extraordinarily intimate account of the 1967 death of a Russian cosmonaut appears in a new book, "Starman, " by Jamie Doran and Piers Bizony, to be published next month. The authors base their narrative principally on revelations from a KGB officer, Venymin Ivanovich Russayev, and previous reporting by Yaroslav Golovanov in "Pravda." This version -- if it's true -- is beyond shocking. "Robert Krulwich, in his post on NPR.org""

An extraordinary and accessible examination of this enormous contribution to space exploration, supported by riveting first-hand anecdotes. Essential to any air and space collection. Library Journal (starred)

Well-written, engaging, and brow-raising in many ways. SpaceCoalition.com

This excellent narrative will keep you enthralled and give you new perspectives on an old name we're all familiar with. Astronomy Magazine online

This extraordinarily intimate account of the 1967 death of a Russian cosmonaut appears in a new book, Starman, by Jamie Doran and Piers Bizony, to be published next month. The authors base their narrative principally on revelations from a KGB officer, Venymin Ivanovich Russayev, and previous reporting by Yaroslav Golovanov in Pravda. This version -- if it's true -- is beyond shocking. Robert Krulwich, in his post on NPR.org

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-An extraordinary and accessible examination of this enormous contribution to space exploration, supported by riveting first-hand anecdotes. Essential to any air and space collection.- --Library Journal (starred)

-Well-written, engaging, and brow-raising in many ways.- --SpaceCoalition.com

-This excellent narrative will keep you enthralled and give you new perspectives on an old name we're all familiar with.- --Astronomy Magazine online

-This extraordinarily intimate account of the 1967 death of a Russian cosmonaut appears in a new book, Starman, by Jamie Doran and Piers Bizony, to be published next month. The authors base their narrative principally on revelations from a KGB officer, Venymin Ivanovich Russayev, and previous reporting by Yaroslav Golovanov in Pravda. This version -- if it's true -- is beyond shocking.- --Robert Krulwich, in his post on NPR.org

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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