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    • Stalin and the Scientists

    • A History of Triumph and Tragedy 1905-1953
    • By: Simon Ings
    • Narrated by: Barnaby Edwards
    • Length: 16 hrs and 59 mins
    • Unabridged
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    An epic story of courage, genius and terrible folly, this is the first history of how the Soviet Union's scientists became both the glory and the laughingstock of the intellectual world. Simon Ings weaves together what happened when a handful of impoverished and underemployed graduates, professors and entrepreneurs bound themselves to a failing government to create a world superpower. And he shows how Stalin's obsessions derailed a great experiment in 'rational government'.

    Regular price: $23.75

    • The Smoke

    • By: Simon Ings
    • Narrated by: Peter Noble
    • Length: 8 hrs and 42 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Humanity has been split into three different species. Mutual incomprehension has fractured the globe. As humans race to be the first of their kind to reach the stars, another Great War looms. For you that means returning to Yorkshire and the town of your birth, where factories churn out the parts for gigantic spaceships. You're done with the pretentions of the capital and its unfathomable architecture. You're done with the people of the Bund, their easy superiority and unstoppable spread throughout the city of London and beyond.

    Regular price: $15.98

    • Stalin and the Scientists

    • A History of Triumph and Tragedy, 1905-1953
    • By: Simon Ings
    • Narrated by: Tim Bruce
    • Length: 15 hrs and 27 mins
    • Unabridged
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      4 out of 5 stars 13
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    Scientists throughout history, from Galileo to today's experts on climate change, have often had to contend with politics in their pursuit of knowledge. But in the Soviet Union, where the ruling elites embraced, patronized, and even fetishized science like never before, scientists lived their lives on a knife edge. The Soviet Union had the best-funded scientific establishment in history. Scientists were elevated as popular heroes and lavished with awards and privileges.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Never Judge and Book by its cover!

    • By Donald Hill on 11-21-17

    Regular price: $31.49