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A Day in the Life of the Soviet Union

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4.39  ·  Rating details ·  136 ratings  ·  12 reviews
In 1987, 50 Western and 50 Soviet photographers spread out across the Soviet Union and captured on film a day in a country that stood at the apex of remarkable change as it celebrated the 70th anniversary of the Great October Revolution. As the Soviet people looked back on decades of war and famine, conquest and achievement, and forward to sweeping changes during a time of ...more
Hardcover, 236 pages
Published October 1st 1987 by Smithmark Publishers (first published 1987)
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Ward
Feb 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Mooie, ontroerende, intrigerende en hilarische foto's, allemaal op dezelfde dag in 1987 geschoten, door de hele Unie heen. De bijschriften zijn overigens soms even wonderlijk als de foto's: de redacteur zet een grote hoeveelheid humor in om bij zijn Amerikaanse publiek wat sympathie op te wekken voor de kameraden van de Sovjetunie.

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James
Aug 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
I believe I've had this book since 7th or 8th grade, about 20 years ago, when I had to do a group project for the city's Multicultural Fair or something like that. The book just stood in our group's table, in front of our neat posters and Russian food, but I never actually peered inside it.

UNTIL NOW.

I don't know why I've hauled around this giant coffee book all these years, other than the reason that a book lover has a tough time parting with books they own but have never read, even if they have
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Jan
Apr 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
What an amazing book, one does not just read this in a few days. One keeps it forever, and savors the beautiful photography, over and over again. After seeing a Truck Across Australia, and learning about Rick Smolan's photography, I ordered this book and a Day in the Life of America. Although Smolan did not take all of these photographs, the talented photographers he brought together, is a delight, their photography is amazing. If one likes photography, I suggest one checks out his books. ...more
Steve
Feb 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The photos displayed are rich with emotion.

I especially like the ones where Kodak gave cameras to the kids to snap their day.

Picked up this gem for $3 at a thrift store. Perfect condition it was a rare find.
Jerry Rose
Dec 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
We have found our perpetual coffee book for our perpetual coffee table.
KingOfUnicorn
Apr 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A beautiful book
Grada (BoekenTrol)
A beautiful photo book. Today it is probably outdated, but for me, at the time of reading it was great. I gazed through the book, looking at the pictures from a country I knew hardly anything about. The Soviet Union just started to open up and I was learning the language. I looked with great eyes.
When I finally arrived to Moscow, two yeas later, it all wasn't that strange to me. I had 'seen' something already.
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Greta
This wonderful book of "old school" photographs and their captions gives the reader a brief glimpse of a vast country and the many different people who inhabited it in 1987. In many ways it is so very different from what we, in the West, know. On the other hand, one sees the similarities in our humanness as well. ...more
Steve Cobleigh
Jul 19, 2015 added it
Recommended to Steve by: A Soviet solder I met at Fort Benjamin Harrison, a rare bird who never revealed his purpose for being at what was US Army headquarters
An eye-opener when I purchased it in 1988.

The scenes of everyday life gave no real indication of what, shortly, was to come.
M
Feb 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
What a collection of pictures! It gives you a glimpse into what life was like in the Soviet Union.
Sami Ismail
Oct 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
It highlighted the Human side of the then Soviet Union!
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Dec 11, 2008 added it
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