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A Slate Staff Pick for Best Books 2013
"A very human glance into a rarified world.... The vacuum of space is unforgiving and brutal. Life on earth isn't easy, either. Mr. Hadfield has genuinely and refreshingly increased our understanding of how to thrive in both places." -- Wall Street Journal
"This memoir is part fascinating view, part Boy Scout manual." -- New York Times
"A satisfying behind-the-scenes look at the life of an astronaut.... A page-turning memoir of life as a decorated astronaut." -- Kirkus
"Hadfield proves himself to be not only a fierce explorer of the universe, but also a deeply thoughtful explorer of the human condition, capable of articulating those most universal of inquiries in simple yet profound language.... The book itself is absolutely spectacular." -- Brain Pickings
"Hadfield is a genius, a man of science and technology and no first-timer to the universe." -- New York Post
"Thoroughly engaging.... In a low-key style, he makes a persuasive case that the oft-derided Space Station is both a marvel of engineering and a triumph for science, and he paints the cartoon heroism of the NASA astronaut corps in a much more realistic, and yet in many ways even more admirable, light."―Corey S. Powell, American Scientist
"Lessons from his new book, AN ASTRONAUT'S GUIDE TO LIFE, are so inspiring that it's hard to decide which one to tell you about." -- USA Today
"Hadfield is a good writer with an engaging style.... From his photos of Earth from space to his videos showing the daily grind of life on a 100-meter wide orbiting tin can, he is all about real life." -- Slate
"Riveting, dramatic and intensely engrossing, Hadfield's engaging style as a writer puts you right alongside this almost absurdly compelling gentleman as he climbs the ladder from Canadian fighter pilot through two space shuttle missions and, ultimately, his serving as commander of the ISS." -- The Huntington Beach Independent
"Hadfield takes readers on a fascinating and exciting journey while offering insightful-if somewhat unconventional -- wisdom applicable to everyday life here on Earth." -- Bookpage
Chris Hadfield is one of the most seasoned and accomplished astronauts in the world. In May 2013, Hadfield returned to Earth after serving as Commander of the International Space Station, where he and his crew lived for five months (his third mission). The top graduate of the U.S. Air Force Test Pilot School in 1988 and U.S. Navy Test Pilot of the Year in 1991, Hadfield was selected to be an astronaut in 1992. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
Awesome book! It offers a very intimate look into the life of an astronaut and many stories of traditions and problems that had to be overcome. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Sam
This was one of the best books I have ever read. Colonel Chris Hatfield weaves an incredible story of life on the International Space Station (ISS), how to fix the myriad issues... Read morePublished 7 days ago by Jim Ryan
A very inspiring novel. It aims us to achieve beyond our capabilities due to determination. As what Chris Hadfield wrote: the sky is the limit... Read morePublished 10 days ago by gerose bolton
This book has moved to the top of my favorites list and one I plan to reread on a yearly basis to refresh the life lessons. I was entranced and inspired. Read morePublished 15 days ago by Sherrie Ferguson
To be an astronaut you have to plan your whole life, with the 99% expectation that you won't be. I would recommend this to everyone, but especially those who have trouble with... Read morePublished 16 days ago by Jiaxi Zhang