Manber, Jeffrey.

Selling peace : inside the Soviet conspiracy that transformed the U.S. Space Program / Jeffrey Manber. - Burlington, Ont. : Apogee, c2009. - 332 p. : ill., ports. ; 26 cm.

Includes bibliographical references (p. 325-327) and index.

pt. I. Zero-gravity capitalists : 1988-1990. Knocking on the Soviet's door ; Perestroika in orbit ; Tricking state and NASA ; The world turns upside down ; The Mir really exists ; Aren't two routes better than one? -- pt. II. My boss Semenov : 1991-1998. Joining the Space Mafia ; NASA signs with Energia. Maybe. ; Propping up the Russian Space Agency ; NASA buys Mir services ; The competition virus ; With Semenov ; 50th anniversary bash ; Fear beneath the petrified salami -- pt. III. The launch of MirCorp : 1999-2000. Rick's audacious plan ; If you can't buy, then lease ; The merchants of space ; Risky business ; Time to bottom fish ; But no one believes in success ; Anderson's seven million dollar call ; NASA's worst nightmare ; Derechin is worried ; At least the Communists are happy ; The Mir is saved! ; Some get it, some don't -- pt. IV. Scheming politicians, star-studded customers : 2000-2001. Conspiracies and boycotts ; The flyboys of MirCorp ; Citizen explorers ; Reality TV space race ; 2001, our space odyssey ; Into the watery grave ; The final confrontation.

""For the first time the inside story of Russia's marketing of their space program to the West is chronicled by one who was there. The colourful tales are told, warts and all. How the door to Russia's long hidden space pro-gram was opened during the era of Soviet perestroika, the political struggle on the signing of the first contract between the Russians and NASA, the push to change space station Freedom into a co-operative venture, the willingness of the Russians to use free markets against the wishes of NASA and how the Russian space station Mir became a commercial platform, are all told in a relaxed and engaging style by the author, who is the only American ever to work within the Russian space program."--Publisher description.

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Space race--History--Soviet Union--20th century.
Space race--History--United States--20th century..
Astronautics--International cooperation--History.


Soviet Union--Foreign relations--United States.
United States--Foreign relations--Soviet Union.