First edition. - College Station : Published for the University of Texas at Arlington by Texas A&M University Press, 
Book — 224 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
The Iron Curtain as semipermeable membrane: origins and demise of the Stalinist superiority complex / Michael David-Fox
The taste of red watermelon: Polish peasants visit Soviet collective farms, 1949-1952 / Patryk Babiracki
The Western wall: the Iron Curtain recast in midsummer
1951 / Nick Rutter
Socialist encounters: Albania and the transnational Eastern Bloc in the 1950s / Elidor Mëhilli
The Soviet-South encounter: tensions in the friendship with Afro-Asian partners, 1945-1965 / Constantin Katsakioris
Meeting at a far meridian: American-Soviet cultural diplomacy on film in the early Cold War / Marsha Siefert.
Approaching the early decades of the "Iron Curtain" with new questions and perspectives, this important book examines the political and cultural implications of the communists' international initiatives. Building on recent scholarship and working from new archival sources, the seven contributors to this volume study various effects of international outreach-personal, technological, and cultural-on the population and politics of the Soviet bloc. Several authors analyze lesser-known complications of East-West exchange; others show the contradictory nature of Moscow's efforts to consolidate its sphere of influence in Eastern Europe and in the Third World.An outgrowth of the forty-sixth annual Walter Prescott Webb Lectures, hosted in 2011 by the University of Texas at Arlington, Cold War Crossings features diverse focuses with a unifying theme. (source: Nielsen Book Data)
Book — 1 online resource (xxiii, 272 pages) : illustrations
A routine training flight: Captain Theodore Cordy Freeman, USAF
Gemini twins: Elliot McKay See Jr. and Captain Charles Arthur Bassett II, USAF
Countdown to disaster: Lieutenant Colonel Virgil Ivan Grissom, USAF; Lieutenant Colonel Edward Higgins White II, USAF; and Lieutenant Commander Roger Bruce Chaffee, USN
By the light of a Soviet moon: Russia's cosmonauts
A lonely stretch of road: Major Edward Galen Givens Jr., USAF
"Mayday, mayday!": Major Clifton Curtis Williams Jr., USMC.
Near the end of the Apollo 15 mission, David Scott and fellow moonwalker James Irwin conducted a secret ceremony unsanctioned by NASA: they placed on the lunar soil a small tin figurine called "The Fallen Astronaut, " along with a plaque bearing a list of names. This book enriches the saga of mankind's greatest scientific undertaking, Project Apollo, and conveys the human cost of the space race - by telling the stories of those sixteen astronauts and cosmonauts who died reaching for the moon. Many people are aware of the Apollo launch pad disaster in which three men lost their lives, but few know of the other five fallen astronauts whose stories this book tells as well: among them, Ted Freeman and C.C. Williams, who died in the crashes of their -38 jets; the "Gemini Twins, " Charlie Bassett and Elliot See, killed when their jet slammed into the building where their Gemini capsule was undergoing final construction; and Ed Givens, whose fatal car crash has until now been obscured by rumors. The extraordinary lives and accomplishments of these and other fallen astronauts - including eight Russian cosmonauts who lost their lives during training - unfold here in intimate and compelling detail, supported by extensive interviews and archival material. Their stories return us to a stirring time in the history of our nation and remind us of the cost of fulfilling our dreams. (source: Nielsen Book Data)
"The enemies of the people must be torn out by the roots, " read a sign Hilda Vitzthum observed in a public building shortly before her arrest in 1938. Her husband, a Russian engineer employed in the construction of a huge steelworks in western Siberia, was an "enemy of the people, " a member of the educated classes that Stalin saw as a threat to his regime. Not only would he be a victim of Stalin's madness; his whole family must be destroyed. Even though Hilda was an Austrian and, like her husband, a loyal Communist, her children were taken from her and she was condemned to forced labor. Torn Out by the Roots is Hilda Vitzthum's chilling reminiscence of her nearly ten years in Soviet labor camps-of privations and horrors of overwhelming enormity, mitigated by occasional kindness and humanity. It is a harrowing and moving story, all the more so for its simplicity and matter-of-factness. Although Hilda Vitzthum was allowed to return to Austria in 1948, she could not write about her experiences until the 1980s. Before then, she says, "no one would have believed me if I had told the unvarnished truth." The dissolution of the Soviet Union compels us to record, so none may forget, the human cost of the Stalinist experiment. (source: Nielsen Book Data)