oh excellent. Gonna admit I cried the first time I heard the recording, it's just so terrifying to imagine. Look up Valentin Bondarenko. He was the one who was Yuri's BFF and burned horribly in a high-oxygen-environment test three weeks before Yuri went up.
Yeah I’ve read books about it. There’s only one book out there in English that’s a comprehensive history of the soviet space program, and it’s a very dense academic read, but I tracked down a copy and read it. I am very dedicated to my research!