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How to be Good
How to be Good
by Nick Hornby
Edition: Paperback

10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Dismal attempt by a previously excellent author., 5 Dec. 2007
This review is from: How to be Good (Paperback)
Hornby's prior novels were excellent, but this one is a bad premise, badly executed. Read his work prior to this but do not waste your time with this one. Terrible.

Into That Silent Sea: Trailblazers of the Space Era, 1961-1965 (Outward Odyssey: a People's History of Spaceflight)
Into That Silent Sea: Trailblazers of the Space Era, 1961-1965 (Outward Odyssey: a People's History of Spaceflight)
by Francis French
Edition: Hardcover

13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Opus Magnum, 5 Dec. 2007
I have now read both 'Into that Silent Sea' and ' In the Shadow of the Moon'. Undoubtedly the pair represent an opus magnum, especially as they are given added authority by the comments of the participants in the early attempts to conquer space. The detailed accounts of the flights and the biographies of the crews are clearly the result of deep research over, it seems, a period of decades. The two volumes are therefore a historical landmark for future generations similar to our seeking sources of the current affairs in the time of the Venerable Bede.

I now have two volumes of carefully compiled references to which I can turn. The resolving of the technical problems and the remarkable courage of the crews will be a constant fascination, of which one will undoubtedly always wish to recall.

Within my orbit of knowledge, I can honestly comment that the books are very well and clearly written and the subject matter has been compiled in a most orderly manner. At no time did I have to wonder how the next aspect followed on from the former; so even a complete novice to the material as myself could follow the trend, objectives and development of the technical programme and the building of the physical capabilities, experience and knowledge of the crews.

In short I heartily congratulate on dedicated research and concentrated application to write two profoundly authentic volumes of the space programmes over a most critical early period of eight years.

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