Moscow Stories

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Indiana University Press, 31 մրտ, 2006 թ. - 320 էջ
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"Graham has brilliantly encapsulated and interwoven the major features of Soviet and post-Soviet history in his riveting stories.... a splendid and extraordinary work." -- Edward Grant, author of God and Reason in the Middle Ages

"A very lively read, indeed a real page turner... Graham's discussion of pressing ethical dilemmas displays a sureness of hand and a refreshing candor about his own struggles with the issues." -- Susan Solomon, University of Toronto

The distinguished American historian of Russian and Soviet science Loren R. Graham recounts with warmth and wit his experiences during 45 years of traveling and researching in the Soviet Union and post-Soviet Russia, from 1960 to 2005. Present for many historic events during this period, Graham writes not as a political correspondent or an analyst, but as an ordinary American living through these years alongside Russian friends and critics. Graham befriended some of the leading scientists and politicians in Russia, but his most touching stories concern average Russians with whom he lived, worked, suffered, and exchanged views. Graham also writes of the ethical questions he confronted, such as the tension between independence of thought and political loyalty. Finally, he depicts the ways in which Russia has changed -- visually, politically, and ideologically -- during the last 15 years. These gripping, sometimes humorous, always deeply personal stories will engage and inform all readers with an interest in Russia during this tumultuous period of history.

 

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The Communism Problem in Farmersburg
3
Technological Competition and the Cold War
15
No Singing Allowed at Moscow University
25
Lennie in the Workers Paradise
44
Rural Russia and the Forbidden Fish
54
An American Sitin and a Russian Riot
66
The Fate of My Closest Russian Friend
74
The Vodka Caper
89
Filming Refuseniks and Dissidents in Moscow
156
The Scholar Who Disappeared
169
Being Followed
175
Spies and Scholars
200
A Man of Fervor
223
The Soviet Union and I Collapse Together
237
An Ambiguous Funeral
250
George Soros Tries to Save Russian Science and Culture
261

The Meaning of Science in Russia
103
The American Colony in the Soviet Union
114
The Biggest Fraud in Biology
120
Peter Kapitsa a Man of Many Parts
128
The Bravery of Bukharins Widow
146
Death of an Old American Communist
276
Biographical Notes
287
Acknowledgments
293
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Loren R. Graham is Professor of the History of Science at MIT and a member of the Executive Committee, Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies, Harvard University. A National Book Award finalist, he has written many books and articles on the history of science and other subjects. He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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