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Doesn't live up to its promise.
on 30 September 2013
Compared to Sparrow's slightly earlier extravaganza 'Cosmos', this book is a pallid companion. There is nothing in this book (aside from a dozen or more added pictures - some of which are incorrectly pre-pressed) that wasn't covered in considerable, and substantially more spectacular detail in the former... (which naturally also includes the rest of the Universe for the price......)
One doubts that Sparrow spent more than 10 minutes on each six line caption - and not a few contain technical inexactitudes. One wonders how statements like 'Buzz Aldrin landed the LM on the Moon' can escape proper editing...., or that the photo shown was 'taken just before the Eagle touched down' ..... when it was taken after....?
Sparrow is an extremely competent and well informed writer, but the sloppiness of this production does him no credit.
Readers should also note that the latest reprint (2008) is 55% smaller than the original 2006 edition, virtually turning it into fieldguide-format (and presumably turning a better profit for the publisher?)