1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Not quite to the level expected,
Amazon Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This review is from: Mission to Mars: My Vision for Space Exploration (Hardcover)
This book was very much advertised before its release so I decided to go ahead and buy one. So you can believe I waited for something quite extraordinary from a veteran who has seen the space programs from inside for decades and is still involved with people working on the subject.
Unfortunately the book turned out to be an _introduction_ to manned space exploration, not going too deep or giving out too many thoughts about the subject a reader who has previous knowledge of the manned exploration would not already know. The writing level is about the same as you would expect from a magazine from the news kiosk (in Europe). To make the tone a bit strange Buzz seems to brag about the grandeur of the American manned space exploration almost continuously, of a nation which does not even have a vehicle to deliver a man to the low earth orbit currently, while half a dozed other nations have this capability. So from the European view point this outright lying makes the author loose his credibility, at least this is what happened to me reading this book. This is a truly rare phenomenon with thousands of books I've read.
The best value in the book in the end seem to be the many speeches from 1953 to present day starting at the page 213. Those give a true feeling and insight of the manned space exploration. This section even has both versions of the speeches Kennedy once made, the longer and more interesting, and the short version we are accustomed to hear and see on old recordings. But then again, you can easily find this "foundation" speech written or multimedia on Nasa website in one minute.
So, if you don't have too much previous knowledge of the manned space exploration so far this book could give you a very good introduction to the subject (if you avoid getting tangled in the authors empty bragging about the American greatness in space). However, if you have any decent knowledge of the manned space exploration, Amazon is literally full of books on this subject that can provide you much better return for your money, and many enjoyable hours of reading.