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Starman : the truth behind the legend of Yuri Gagarin

Author: Jamie Doran; Piers Bizony
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Walker & Co., 2011.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : English : 1st U.S. edView all editions and formats
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On April 12, 1961, Yuri Gagarin became the first person to venture into space, gaining worldwide fame in a quick 108-minute journey. Starman tells for the first time Gagarin's personal odyssey from peasant to international icon, his disintegration under the pressure of fame, and his final disillusionment with the USSR. Before President Kennedy had put an American on the moon, Gagarin himself was dead, killed at age  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
History
Named Person: Yuri Alekseyevich Gagarin; Yuri Alekseyevich Gagarin; Yuri Alekseyevich Gagarin
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jamie Doran; Piers Bizony
ISBN: 9780802779502 : 0802779506
OCLC Number: 711758313
Notes: Originally published: London : Bloomsbury, 1998.
Description: 252 p., [8] p. of plates : ill., ports. ; 21 cm.
Contents: Farmboy --
Recruitment --
The chief designer --
Preparation --
Pre-flight --
108 minutes --
Coming home --
The Space Race --
The Foros incident --
Back to work --
Falling to Earth --
Wreckage.
Other Titles: Star man
Responsibility: Jamie Doran and Piers Bizony.

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On April 12, 1961, Yuri Gagarin became the first person to venture into space, gaining worldwide fame in a quick 108-minute journey. Starman tells for the first time Gagarin's personal odyssey from peasant to international icon, his disintegration under the pressure of fame, and his final disillusionment with the USSR. Before President Kennedy had put an American on the moon, Gagarin himself was dead, killed at age thirty-four in a mysterious air crash. Publicly mourned, his death was privately met with relief by the Soviet hierarchy, and the KGB report into his death remains secret. Entwined with Gagarin's history is that of the breathtaking and highly secretive Russian space program. Starman looks behind the scenes of the first great space spectacular, and reveals how it came frighteningly close to destruction. -- Cover p. 4.

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