The Russians in Space
As you all know, juvenile/teen nonfiction collections always get me worked up when they are too old. Please don’t write me and tell me about historical perspective, it is better than nothing, etc. I have heard it a million times and as soon as I have an 8 year old doing a historiography on any subject, then I promise I will rethink this issue. Forgive my crankiness. Time change always makes me a bit snappish. Anyway, this is a book directed at a youth audience and it looks like it was part of a series. For 1969, this wasn’t a bad choice although I do think the text is a bit dense for youth. What is cool about this book is the cold war theme (lots of secrets), lots of documentation and logs of the Soviet space program. I think the material the author presents probably would have worked better for an adult audience, even in 1969. I also think most space buffs would say that 1969 is an important year and libraries should have probably should have re-evaluated the collections in light of the moon landing.