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3.0 out of 5 stars Oscillates between fascinating and tiresome, 17 Feb. 2014
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I had heard Chris Hadfield in a number of interviews, in which he speaks very engagingly about space exploration and life on the ISS. But the book does not always match the high quality of his public appearances.

The book basically has two modes. It's at its best when talking about Chris Hadfields' personal experiences of going to space, the sheer awe produced by seeing Earth from space, the quirky aspects of the Russian space program, or the unexpected details of daily life in zero gravity.

It's at its worst Chris tries to draw conclusions and life advice from his experiences, as it really turns into a tiresome and contrived boyscout manual here. I got tired of reading about Always Being Prepared, and Giving It Your Best, and Always Looking Out For Your Teammates.

I still enjoyed the book overall, but often wished it was more of a straight telling of Chris' experiences as an astronaut. The book's concept feels somewhat forced.
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Initial post: 9 Sep 2016, 15:23:19 BST
I get where you're coming from, and if it were the context of a Business Management handbook, I'd think the criticism appropriate. I won't pretend to know I'm right, but I've chosen to receive the passages of 'boyscout manual' in the context of being from one of those extremely rare individuals to have undergone Astronaut Training, and accepted that the experience gives a person a pretty unique view of the world; I utterly accept that having commanded missions beyond our planet (if only a little beyond), one's thoughts would be entirely consumed with always being prepared, giving it your best, looking out for being teammates and being a +1; failing in any of those would have unimaginable consequences - and I therefore imagine it's totally unavoidable and all part of the integrity of this book. That you and I don't think the same way, probably demonstrates neither of us is made of the right stuff to do what Chris has achieved (though I'd still like to give it a go!).
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