Russia's Sputnik Generation: Soviet Baby Boomers Talk about by Donald J Raleigh

By Donald J Raleigh

Russia's Sputnik iteration provides the lifestyles tales of 8 1967 graduates of college No. forty two within the Russian urban of Saratov. Born in 1949/50, those 4 males and 4 ladies belong to the 1st new release conceived in the course of the Soviet Union's go back to ""normality"" following international struggle II. good trained, articulate, and loosely networked even this day, they have been first-graders the yr the USSR introduced Sputnik, and grew up in a rustic that more and more distanced itself from the excesses of Stalinism. attaining center age throughout the Gorbachev Revolution, they negotiated the transition to a Russian-style industry economic climate and stay lively, efficient participants of society in Russia and the diaspora.

In candid interviews with Donald J. Raleigh, those Soviet ""baby boomers"" discuss the ancient instances within which they grew up, but in addition approximately their daily reviews -- their family members backgrounds; youth hobbies; favourite books, videos, and track; and influential humans of their lives. those own stories shed important gentle on Soviet adolescence and formative years, at the purposes and process perestroika, and at the wrenching transition that has taken position because the cave in of the Soviet Union in 1991.

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