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An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth [Unabridged] [Hardcover]

Chris Hadfield
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29 Oct 2013

Colonel Chris Hadfield has spent decades training as an astronaut and has logged nearly 4,000 hours in space. During this time he has broken into a Space Station with a Swiss army knife, disposed of a live snake while piloting a plane, been temporarily blinded while clinging to the exterior of an orbiting spacecraft, and become a YouTube sensation with his performance of David Bowie’s ‘Space Oddity’ in space. The secret to Chris Hadfield's success – and survival – is an unconventional philosophy he learned at NASA: prepare for the worst – and enjoy every moment of it.

In his book, An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth, Chris Hadfield takes readers deep into his years of training and space exploration to show how to make the impossible possible. Through eye-opening, entertaining stories filled with the adrenaline of launch, the mesmerizing wonder of spacewalks and the measured, calm responses mandated by crises, he explains how conventional wisdom can get in the way of achievement – and happiness. His own extraordinary education in space has taught him some counterintuitive lessons: don't visualize success, do care what others think, and always sweat the small stuff.

You might never be able to build a robot, pilot a spacecraft, make a music video or perform basic surgery in zero gravity like Colonel Hadfield. But his vivid and refreshing insights in this book will teach you how to think like an astronaut, and will change, completely, the way you view life on Earth – especially your own.


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Product details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Macmillan; Unabridged edition (29 Oct 2013)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 1447257103
  • ISBN-13: 978-1447257103
  • Product Dimensions: 15.8 x 2.8 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (202 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,069 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Houston, we have a superstar' Washington Post 'Hadfield has done more than probably any astronaut since the Apollo missions to transform the image of space exploration ... Space has rarely seemed to close, or the world so astonishing' Daily Telegraph

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'Space has rarely seemed so close, or the world so astonishing' Daily Telegraph

Chris Hadfield spent decades training as an astronaut and has logged nearly 4,000 hours in space. During this time he has broken into a Space Station with a Swiss army knife, disposed of a live snake while piloting a plane and been temporarily blinded while clinging to the exterior of an orbiting spacecraft. The secret to his success - and survival - is an unconventional philosophy he learned at NASA: prepare for the worst - and enjoy every moment of it.

You might never get to pilot a spacecraft like Colonel Hadfield, but his refreshing, hard-won wisdom will teach you how to think like an astronaut, and will change the way you view life on Earth - especially your own.

'An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth is the book Chris Hadfield was destined to produce . . . [It] makes the case for human space exploration in the post-Apollo, post-Shuttle age' Sunday Times

'He's the kind of astronaut who'd be great to grab a beer with' National Post

'Chris Hadfield prove[s] humour and humanity can reach Earth from space' Toronto Globe and Mail

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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49 of 50 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A philosophy of living 21 Nov 2013
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This is a book about ambition. But not the sort of ambition we usually hear or read about - the climb over everyone else ambition of politics and is found in many organisations or the 'I want it so much' ambition of X factor. It is about the 'I've got to work hard' ambition.
Chris Hadfield wanted to go into space. But he knew things might not work out and he was not going to define his success in life by whether he got there. As he said (not an exact quote) he wasn't going to define his life by something that may happen once in 10 years, but by doing 10 good things every day. He valued working with people and not over them. He was happy to do seemingly menial tasks if it helped the greater goal of the team. He would be pleased for other people's success. And all the time he would go the extra mile to achieve success for himself (that's hours of hard work) - to be the best at whatever he did. He would work hard. Very hard. And when he got there he would give back.
But if you think this may be an 'Aren't I wonderful?' type book you'd be wrong. Although the book is about him, it certainly isn't an ego trip.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Oscillates between fascinating and tiresome 17 Feb 2014
By Marek
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I had heard Chris Hadfield in a number of interviews, in which he speaks very engagingly about space exploration and life on the ISS. But the book does not always match the high quality of his public appearances.

The book basically has two modes. It's at its best when talking about Chris Hadfields' personal experiences of going to space, the sheer awe produced by seeing Earth from space, the quirky aspects of the Russian space program, or the unexpected details of daily life in zero gravity.

It's at its worst Chris tries to draw conclusions and life advice from his experiences, as it really turns into a tiresome and contrived boyscout manual here. I got tired of reading about Always Being Prepared, and Giving It Your Best, and Always Looking Out For Your Teammates.

I still enjoyed the book overall, but often wished it was more of a straight telling of Chris' experiences as an astronaut. The book's concept feels somewhat forced.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Book 7 Jan 2014
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This is a really fantastic book with tons of insights into what it takes to achieve success. I loved the style of writing. Information about specific missions was nicely balanced with lessons about teamwork, attitude, dealing with problems, challenges and change.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Self Help Guide 21 Jan 2014
By Occibx
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More like a self help guide than an entertaining and interesting read on modern space exploration. Found I had to force myself to finish and after reading Riding Rockets was somewhat disappointed with Chris Hadfields book.
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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book 4 Nov 2013
By Gary S
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I like reading books on space flight and after hearing a short piece read on Radio 4's Book of the Week I had to give it a go. I ordered it as soon as I got home from work and it arrived the following morning.

Well, two days later I've finished it because I couldn't put the thing down. Being an earthling with a fascination for rockets and the space staion with no chance whatsoever of going there myself I really liked the small details in this book. The small details add up to give you the bigger picture and now I even know what the ISS smells like!

As well as being a great book if you like space travel there are also some good lessons regarding life. Certain parts reminded me slightly of Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintainance, although Zen is obviously far more detailed in philosophy and this far more detailed in space flight. But the Zen notion of being at your best when your stuck and looking at set backs in a positive way seems to be behind the thinking here as well. Lots of small sucesses in life are far better than one big one.

If you are into space books with some philosophy mixed in you will like this book. Go buy it now and smell the space station.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good 9 Jan 2014
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A present for my daughter who is a Chris Hadfield fan and was delighted to read the book. She insisted on sharing her favourite bits and read it cover to cover in a short time. It was then snapped up and read by a second daughter who enjoyed it equally.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book 9 Jan 2014
By Mal
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Great read and easy to read and very informative. Felt i was there with him. Can't wait for more from him.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars real life 7 Jan 2014
By emlee
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what makes this book so good is its down to earth storytelling as though he is a regular guy, which he is, only he has worked hard and achieved much in an area so few will ever get to see. and to share this in this book is fantastic, a great and insightful read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I gave this book as a gift but was told that it was very interesting.
Published 2 days ago by althea
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Bought as a gift for my partner and he could not put it down
Published 3 days ago by savannah
5.0 out of 5 stars Good read. But commander Hadfield is too perfect as ...
Good read. But commander Hadfield is too perfect as a human being. After reading his book, I liked him less than before.
Published 9 days ago by Anthony Byrne
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable and accessible
Nice book accessibly written with lots of fun facts about space travel.
Published 9 days ago by Eleanor Silver
5.0 out of 5 stars Good read
Got this for my daughter who is a fan of Chris Hadfield and she likes it. It must be a good book as its doing the rounds with her friends
Published 10 days ago by Mick
5.0 out of 5 stars Informative, easy to read book about life in space
Such an interesting book telling you all about the things that you wondered about life in space. Hadfield's style is easy to read and once I started I couldn't stop reading it. Read more
Published 12 days ago by busybee
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Really good book.
Published 16 days ago by MISS S SCOTT
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic well written
Fantastic well written, insightful and humorous a brilliant reminder that the best bits happen on the journey. Read more
Published 16 days ago by hannah
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
Don't believe a word of it
Published 17 days ago by A. J. LITTLE
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic insight into the tough world of an astronaut
Fantastic insight into the tough world of an astronaut. Real eye opener, big thank you to Chris for capturing it so brilliantly.
Published 20 days ago by S.B.
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