That was happily not the case--I devoured this book, and have since reread it a couple of times.
Author Jay Gallentine tells the story of events that happened decades ago in an exceptionally conversational style and in very modern idiom.
You might think a book like this would be rather a dull history, but you couldn't be farther from the truth.
I'm a bit divided.
When I read the first part of the book I was very enthusiastic, learning about the people behind the first spacecraft. Read more
what little history is contained in this book is diluted by author's annoyinglu folksy style of writing including poor grammar. It sounds like you're talking with Gomer Pyle. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Col William Russell
I have always been fascinated by unmanned exploration of the solar system--I kept massive scrapbooks of all the newspaper stories about the Viking and Pioneer missions in the... Read morePublished on August 15, 2012 by Rick A. Ramsey
As a science writer, I read a lot of books on the subject of space exploration. I must say that Jay's book, Ambassadors from Earth, is hands-down my favorite in its class. Read morePublished on July 11, 2012 by Michael W Carroll
I was very sorry to discover that this book is practically unreadable due to the extremely flowery, inflated, duracell-bunny-like prose. Read morePublished on November 5, 2011 by Soren Dalsgaard
Gallentine emphasizes the human foundation of unmanned spaceflight. Appropriately the book mixes tragedy and comedy. Read morePublished on September 6, 2010 by Erik J. Galicki
Contrary to the reverence accorded the astronauts as space explorers, the wide majority of exploration of the solar system has been done by small, ingenious, little-known robots... Read morePublished on May 8, 2010 by Roger D. Launius
This book will grab and hold your attention even if you have no interest in the subject matter. Who knew that there were so many fascinating human stories in the unmanned space... Read morePublished on November 20, 2009 by Air & Space worker.