As we approach the 50th Anniversary, on April 12, of the first space flight with Yuri Gagarin in the capsule, a timely release of a revised and expanded edition of the most authoritive book on his brief life.
This book will be controversial. Of all the words that may be written to mark the fiftieth anniversary of the first recorded human flight beyond Earth’s atmosphere and into space, this book will contain the best researched comment and record of a great historic voyage and of the man who made it. First published in 1998 this book is being released in revised and expanded form. It will be controversial because the Russian space exploration programme was a critical element in the Cold War arms race between the West and the USSR.