The introductory part of the book briefly describes the popularity of mathematics in Soviet Russia, touches on Russian mathematical circles and generally how Russian society took to mathematics in a good way; amongst other things. The part that caught my eye was this passage:
"The Math Movement had its Grandmasters, who were highly esteemed. Most of them were research mathematicians and university professors who had drawn experience from years spent within the same mathematical circles. Their books, which contained selections of problems with commentaries, or thorough analyses of selected topics from “elementary mathematics,” were in high demand. Many of these books were superb and unparalleled in their quality and depth. Remarkably, they were swept from the bookstore shelves, immediately upon arrival."
Does anyone know of these books? Have there been any popular ones that have been translated? Who were these "grandmasters"?
Any more information would be greatly appreciated.