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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 can
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published March 1st 2006 by Indiana University Press (first published February 28th 2006)
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Aug 22, 2008 Sol rated it it was amazing
Moscow Stories
By Loren R. Graham

By Sol Tetelbaum

There is nothing more exciting and enjoyable for a reader than a good book. I felt such enjoyment while reading Moscow Stories by Loren R. Graham. It is a truthful book. I emphasize the truthfulness because, as a former Soviet citizen, I remember what kind of effort was necessary (especially for a foreigner) to get truthful information in the USSR. The Soviet rulers made lying a norm of Soviet life. Someone mentioned sarcastically that Sovie
Jun 05, 2010 Ruth rated it liked it
The author of this book was one of the first grad students to go to Russia as an exchange student. This is in the late 50s and early 60s and he is studying the history of Russian science. He goes back a bunch of times throughout his career. The "stories" are of his various experiences and people he meets. The book is not overtly political, but he does describe the privations of the society and the terrible goverment bureaucracy that makes everything difficult. In some cities, visitors walk aroun ...more
May 31, 2011 Molly rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
I read several chapters of this book for a class on Science, Technology and the Cold War. Though I have found other works by Loren Graham to be quite fascinating, I wasn't compelled to read past the assigned chapters in this one. His writings flow very well, however the "stories" told are not the most engaging.
Dec 30, 2008 Gail rated it it was amazing
Shelves: russian, memoir
I loved this book. It's an often funny, sometimes sad, but always interesting account of one man's experiences in Russia from the 1960s through the early 21st century. I would recommend it to anyone, especially people interested in Russia, scientific history, or personal memoirs.
Oct 25, 2009 Lu rated it it was amazing
Again a non-fiction because of Bridget...(though, I never did actually read the whole thing, but I got close).
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Loren R. Graham is Professor Emeritus of History of Science in MIT's Program in Science, Technology and Society. Professor Graham received his Ph.D. from Columbia University, and a Doctor of Letters (honoris causa) from Purdue University in 1986. Professor Graham specializes in the history of science and the study of contemporary science and technology in Russia. His Science, Philosophy, and Human ...more
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