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    DescriptionThe Soviet Union was founded on a fairytale. It was built on 20th-century magic called 'the planned economy', which was going to gush forth an abundance of good things that the penny-pinching lands of capitalism could never match. And just for a little while, in the heady years of the late 1950s, the magic seemed to be working. "Red Plenty" is about that moment in history, and how it came, and how it went away; about the brief era when, under the rash leadership of Nikita Khrushchev, the Soviet Union looked forward to a future of rich communists and envious capitalists, when Moscow would out-glitter Manhattan, every Lada would be better engineered than a Porsche and sputniks would lead the way to the stars. And it's about the scientists who did their genuinely brilliant best to make the dream come true, to give the tyranny its happy ending.


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    Title
    Red Plenty
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Francis Spufford
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 448
    Width: 122 mm
    Height: 196 mm
    Thickness: 34 mm
    Weight: 340 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780571225248
    ISBN 10: 0571225241
    Classifications

    BIC E4L: HIS
    DC22: FIC
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.0
    BIC subject category V2: HB
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/20CNTY
    Ingram Subject Code: FH
    Libri: ENGM2000
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25570
    BISAC Merchandising Theme: ET180
    Ingram Theme: CULT/RUSSIA
    BISAC V2.8: HIS000000
    DC22: 947.085
    BISAC V2.8: FIC014000
    Libri: SOWJ5032
    Thema V1.0: NH
    Publisher
    FABER & FABER
    Imprint name
    FABER & FABER
    Publication date
    07 July 2011
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    Francis Spufford's first book, I May Be Some Time: Ice and the English Imagination, was awarded the Writers Guild Award for Best Non-Fiction Book of 1996 and a Somerset Maugham Award. His second book, The Child that Books Built was described as ' witty, compelling and elegant' by the New Statesman. His third book, Backroom Boys, was called a ' beautifully written book' by the Daily Telegraph and was shortlisted for the Aventis Prize and longlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize. He lives in Cambridge.
    Review quote
    "A hammer-and-sickle version of Altman's Nashville, with central committees replacing country music . . . [Spufford] has one of the most original minds in contemporary literature." --Nick Hornby, "The Believer""A thrilling book that all enthusiasts of the Big State should read." --Michael Burleigh, "The Sunday Telegraph"