Stalin and the Scientists

Simon Ings
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ISBN 9780571290079 Format Hardback
Published 06/10/2016 Length 528 pages

About Book

Longlisted for the The Baillie Gifford Prize for Non-Fiction 2016

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 laughing stock of the intellectual world.

Simon Ings weaves together what happened when a handful of impoverished and underemployed graduates, professors and entrepreneurs, collectors and charlatans, 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'.