Starman: The Truth Behind the Legend of Yuri Gagarin

Starman: The Truth Behind the Legend of Yuri Gagarin

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On April 12 1961, Yuri Gagarin became the first human in history to leave the Earth's atmosphere and venture into space. An icon of the 20th century, he also became a danger to himself, a threat to the Soviet state and, at the age of 34, he was killed in a plane accident. 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 and emotional pressures; his private life in ruins; fighting a losing battle against alcoholism; and rebelling against the cruelties of a corrupt totalitarian regime. The authors also suggest that Gagarin's death was no accident but a deliberate "political elimination".
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  • Paperback | 248 pages
  • 129 x 197mm | 230g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • Portraits
  • 0747542678
  • 9780747542674
  • 2,240,478

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