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Sakharov : a biography

Author: Richard Lourie
Publisher: [Waltham, Mass.] : Brandeis University Press : Hanover, NH : Published by University Press of New England, ©2002.
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"Richard Lourie, who translated Sakharov's memoirs, has now written the first full biography of this towering figure of the last century. Drawing on a wide range of sources - including previously secret KGB files, as well as Sakharov's own correspondence - Lourie tells the story of a life intimately bound up with Soviet history. With the H-bomb, Sakharov made the Soviet Union a superpower; with his courage and his  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
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Lourie, Richard, 1940-
Sakharov.
[Waltham, Mass.] : Brandeis University Press : Hanover, NH : Published by University Press of New England, c2002
(OCoLC)606735527
Named Person: Andreĭ Sakharov; Andreĭ Sakharov; Andreĭ Sakharov
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Richard Lourie
ISBN: 1584652071 9781584652076
OCLC Number: 47863171
Description: 465 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Contents: Prologue: Reports from KGB Chief Andropov to the Central Committee --
A Difficult Birth --
A Soviet Zodiac --
The World Aglow --
War and Love --
"A Change in Everything" --
Chain of Command --
The Savior of Russia --
Complicities --
Critical Mass --
Vita Nuova --
Escalations --
Duel --
The Blessings of Exile --
Astonishing Times --
Epilogue: The Life after Death.
Responsibility: by Richard Lourie.

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