Starman (Paperback)

Jamie Doran

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On April 12 1961, Yuri Gagarin became the first human to leave the Earth's atmosphere and venture into space. An icon of the 20th century, he also became a danger to himself and a threat to the Soviet state. At the age of 34, he was killed in a plane crash. Based on KGB files, restricted documents from Russian space authorities, and interviews with his friends and colleagues, this biography of the Russian cosmonaut reveals a man in turmoil: torn apart by powerful political pressures, fighting a losing battle against alcoholism and rebelling against the cruelties of a corrupt totalitarian regime. 2011 marks the fiftieth anniversary of Gagarin's flight. This new edition of "Starman" includes a new afterword that celebrates the importance of that momentous expedition and reflects on Gagarin's legacy.


Product Details

  • Product code: ABGGQ
  • ISBN: 9781408815540
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • Format: Paperback
  • Dimensions: 19.6cm x 13.1cm
  • Pages: 256
  • Publish date: Mon Apr 04 00:00:00 BST 2011
  • Book points: 8

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