Top critical review
on 29 January 2016
This book is excellent if you want great detail in chemistry, geology and physics. It's definitely required reading if that's what you're after with respect to Mars. On a philosophical and human level it's less convincing, somewhat wishy-washy in fact, with an unapologetic pro-American bias. It's obviously a very important work if you're concerned with the specific considerations for an economical and successful human settlement of Mars. But gripping reading it isn't. I found it rather tedious and hard to finish. If you're interested in the human colonization of space on a more general level, and want a decent and readable overview, I'd definitely recommend the same author's "Entering Space" over this title.