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Red Plenty

by Francis Spufford

eBooks of the Month History The Real World

Red Plenty Synopsis

The Soviet Union was founded on a fairytale. It was built on 20th-century magic called 'the planned economy', which was going to gush forth an abundance of good things that the penny-pinching lands of capitalism could never match. And just for a little while, in the heady years of the late 1950s, the magic seemed to be working. Red Plenty is about that moment in history, and how it came, and how it went away; about the brief era when, under the rash leadership of Nikita Khrushchev, the Soviet Union looked forward to a future of rich communists and envious capitalists, when Moscow would out-glitter Manhattan, every Lada would be better engineered than a Porsche and sputniks would lead the way to the stars. And it's about the scientists who did their genuinely brilliant best to make the dream come true, to give the tyranny its happy ending.

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ISBN: 9780571225248
Publication date: 07/07/2011
Publisher: Faber and Faber
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780571225248
Publication date: 7th July 2011
Author: Francis Spufford
Publisher: Faber and Faber
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 448 pages
Genres: eBook Favourites, History, The Real World,
Categories: Marxism & Communism,

About Francis Spufford

Francis Spufford's first book, I May Be Some Time: Ice and the English Imagination, was awarded the Writers Guild Award for Best Non-Fiction Book of 1996 and a Somerset Maugham Award. His second book, The Child that Books Built was described as ' witty, compelling and elegant' by the New Statesman. His third book, Backroom Boys, was called a ' beautifully written book' by the Daily Telegraph and was shortlisted for the Aventis Prize and longlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize. He lives in Cambridge. Author photo © Burt Koetsier

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