Colin Burgess and Chris Dubbs. Animals in Space: From Research Rockets to the Space Shuttle. Chichester: Praxis, 2007.
Ann Kleimola. “A Legacy of Kindness: V.L. Durov’s Revolutionary Approach to Animal Training.” In Other Animals: Beyond the Human in Russian Culture and History. Edited by Jane Costlow and Amy Nelson. University of Pittsburgh Press, 2010, pp. 164-177.
Amy Nelson. “The Legacy of Laika: Celebrity, Sacrifice, and the Soviet Space Dogs.” In Beastly
Natures: Human-Animal Relations at the Crossroads of Cultural and Environmental History. Edited by Dorothee Brantz. Charlottesville: UVA Press, 2010, pp. 204-224.
Asif Siddiqi. Challenge to Apollo: The Soviet Union and the Space Race 1945-1974. NASA History Division, 2000.
Asif Siddiqi. The Red Rockets’ Glare: Spaceflight and the Russian Imagination, 1857-1957. Cambridge University Press, 2014.
Olesya Turkina. Soviet Space Dogs. London: FUEL, 2014.
If you’d like a good cry, and an interesting take on Soviet politics surrounding the launch of Sputnik 2, please enjoy this graphic novel about Laika:
Nick Abadzis. Laika. First Second Books, 2007.
He also wrote several happier alternate endings. But here’s a palate cleanser anyway.