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Real Space Cowboys (Apogee Books Space) Paperback – 1 May 2005
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A lot of personalities figure in the book, to the extent that it will be most enjoyed by the reader who already has some knowledge of the US space programme's early days. That said, a good DVD is included and adds plenty of value, with short films about several of The Seven's missions and interviews with them and other astronauts.
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I checked this book out from the local public library and decided it was good enough (3.5 stars) to want to own a copy for myself. The book is an interesting read if you are really big-time into the early U.S. space program. The videos on the DVD are very dated, but considering the topic is the early days of space flight, what would you expect? The "Gotcha!" videos were probably hilarious to NASA employees in the early 60s, but fall short now.
I saved by buying "used - like new" from an Amazon Marketplace seller. I trust Amazon (and the Amazon Marketplace) for nearly ALL my book and video purchases.
WARNING: The DVD that I received with the "used" book was a single-sided DVD-R (recordable) rather than a commercially-produced double-sided DVD-ROM (like the book from the library contained). The content was the same (with a slightly different menu, of course), but by fitting it on a single-sided disc it probably suffered a little file compression (reduction in quality). Considering the age of the videos, this is probably not really an issue.
A BIGGER concern, however, is that some DVD players, particularly older ones, have trouble with DVD-R discs, and DVD-R discs are more easily damaged and have a shorter life-expectancy than standard commercially-produced DVD-ROM discs.
I don't know if all the Amazon Marketplace sellers' copies of this book have DVD-R discs or just the one I chose, or if the publisher has switched to DVD-R in later printings of the book, or whatever, but keep this in mind if you have compatibility issues with DVD-R discs. It was not really an issue for me, but it might be for you...
The book is still an interesting read. The videos are really just a nice plus. Enjoy! Keep the dream alive!
I LOVE IT and the book is Excellent!
This is a timely book as you realize that only 3 of the 7 remain alive and they're not getting any younger.
Defintily worth reading and owning.
The attached disc is also good.
A darn good comfortable read, worth your time...