A Thousand Shards of Glass: There Is Another America by Michael Katakis

By Michael Katakis

A visceral and eviscerating lament for the united states, the rustic Katakis enjoyed yet can not undergo to stay in.

Once upon a time, Michael Katakis lived in a spot of huge goals, vibrant colors and sleight of hand. That position was once America.

One evening, vacationing the place those that stay inside illusions should not cross, he stared into the darkness and glimpsed a light flag the place shadows accrued, revealing one other the USA. It used to be a damaged position, bred from worry and mistrust - 1000 shards of glass - packed with a those who in the past had given away all that was once worthwhile; a those that were offered, for therefore lengthy, a international betrayal that at last got here from inside of, and for not anything greater than a handful of silver.

These essays, letters and magazine entries have been written as a farewell to the rustic Michael loves nonetheless, and to the spouse he knew as his 'True North'. a robust and private polemic, 1000 Shards of Glass is Michael's entice his fellow voters to alter their path; a cautionary story to these all over the world who idealise an the United States that by no means was once; and, crucially, a glimpse past the parable, to a rustic whose top days may well nonetheless lie forward.

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1. Technical creative work was a vocation, the meaning of life. Pure science was viewed not as an end in itself, but as a means for attaining technical results, and in some cases, results in the interests of state politics. 2. Individual scientific-technical creative work was combined with organizational activity and with the search for the most fruitful work methods for the teams that each Chief Designer headed. To a greater or lesser degree each one tried to be an organizer of science. 3. Chief Designers, scientists, and leading specialists were personally responsible to the state for the final results of their creative activity.

I have tried to remember the outstanding, unique individuals whom I have worked with and encountered. They were all different, and it is impossible to impose a certain standard on a Soviet scientist or Chief Designer. For all the diversity of their characters, work styles, and the thematic directions of their activity, they were characterized by common traits that distinguished their creative work substantially from the established notions about great scientists of the past. This was true not only for the people mentioned above, but also for other figures of Soviet science and technology who were involved in the scientific military-industrial complex.

The Committee was given the responsibility for the development of the new field and invested with very broad powers. The resolution of 13 May 1946 made projects concerning rocket technology the most important state mission, and it was imperative that their execution be given top priority. 6 The Ministry of Armaments—with Minister D. F. Ustinov—was appointed the head ministry for the development and production of rocket projectiles with liquid-propellant engines. The Seventh Main Directorate, headed by Sergey Ivanovich Vetoshkin, was formed within the ministry.

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