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Laika's Window

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The unforgettable story of Laika the Soviet space dog, the Cold War, and the Space Race between the United States and the Soviet Union

Laika began her life as a stray dog on the streets of Moscow and died in 1957 aboard the Soviet satellite Sputnik II. Initially the USSR reported that Laika, the first animal to orbit the earth, had survived in space for seven days, providin
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Hardcover, 248 pages
Published October 9th 2018 by Trinity University Press
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Nina
Dec 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Fascinating, well-written look at not just Laika's life and death, but the space race and its use of animal subjects. I found it a bit of a hard read overall because of the indelible image hanging over it all of poor, poor Laika being sent to die a painful death for no better reason than propaganda purposes. She was the goodest of girls and deserved better.
Mary Clayton
Dec 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Laika’s Window, The legacy of a Soviet space dog.
In the very first chapter, Kurt Caswell discloses unknown information as he describes Laika, the first dog to orbit the earth.
After reading his description, I could visualize Laika leaving this world with a meteoric light show flying across the sky and into the history books. Little Laika’s story has faded over the years, so I am glad that Kurt has chosen to write her story, giving us unique insights into the history of space exploration and the
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Asterionella
Mar 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was a fascinating book that was extremely well-researched and delightfully well-written. The author aptly captures the secrecy and drive of the Soviet space program and their desire to be the first in space. And yet, the compassion these engineers had for their canine subjects was apparent, and the author clearly acknowledges and reflects that compassion. Ultimately, I was left with a feeling of deep sadness for Laika and all of the other animals who gave their lives in the space program. S ...more
Taylor Larsen
Nov 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book is amazing...gorgeous prose, fascinating topic. Dog and space lovers will instantly connect to it as well as any reader interesting in probing the topic of loneliness and connection...highly recommend.
Bethany Buchanan
Jan 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
It was a very moving and touching story. Laika was a very good girl and as an animal lover it really hit home how much dogs trust us as humans.
Jeffrey Jarrett
Mar 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Brilliant. Favourite book this year.
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