Voices of the Soviet Space Program: Cosmonauts, Soldiers, and Engineers Who Took the USSR into Space
In this remarkable oral history, Slava Gerovitch presents interviews with the men and women who witnessed Soviet space efforts firsthand. Rather than comprising a master narrative, these fascinating and varied accounts bring to light the often divergent perspectives, experiences,... read full description below.
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Despite the wealth of information and archival material that has become available in the years following the fall of the USSR, the history of the Soviet space program has been dominated by the accounts of a select few, such as the recent four-volume English translation of Russian rocket designer Boris Chertok. In this remarkable oral history, author and interviewer Slava Gerovitch helps to enrich and complicate space historiography by presenting interviews with the men and women who witnessed Soviet space efforts firsthand, from the cosmonauts themselves to the military officials who directed the program to the engineers who made real the grand ambitions of the USSR. Rather than comprising a monolithic master narrative, these fascinating and varied accounts bring to light the often divergent perspectives, experiences, and institutional cultures that defined the Soviet space program.
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||Slava Gerovitch ... has published a fascinating primary source in Voices of the Soviet Space Program. This book consists of thirteen interviews with cosmonauts, soldiers, and engineers that Gerovitch ... conducted from 2002 to 2010 over several oral history projects. ... The interviews enable the reader to learn about the beginnings of the Soviet space program ... . This is an important contribution to space history, cold war history, the history of the USSR, and the history of technology. (Paul Josephson, Technology and Culture, Vol. 57, April, 2016)
Slava Gerovitch is Lecturer in History of Mathematics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA.