This book is a good contribution to the library of the research on the everyday life of different social groups in the USSR. Moreover, this book is a nice guide for scholars who study different Soviet social groups, elites, and scholarly life; it would make a useful companion for example to the various series of notes and books about sociologists of that time that have been published in Russia and abroad. More broadly, it will have appeal for everyone who is interested in the history of Soviet everyday life and Soviet science in particular.
Touching on issues ranging from housing and personal life to culture and politics, these interviews paint a rich picture of life and work of the inhabitants of Chernogolovka, a home town for a branch of the Academy of Science’s Institute of Chemical Physics and several other research institutes near Moscow, from its founding in 1956 to the post-Soviet times. This collection is a valuable source not only for the history of Soviet science and technology, but also for the study of Soviet citizens’ daily life.