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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.
Not much of a guide to life, but interesting & informative about space flight.Published 4 hours ago by Deborah
I thought at the beginning it was going to be far more engaging. Although I learned a lot I had not known about space travel and long term affects of weightlessness, the narrative... Read morePublished 1 day ago by JJ Smith
Such a fun read that was nearly impossible to put down. The book offers great insight into the sometimes not so glamorous life of an astronaut. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Robert
I wanted to have the story more off just flash backs and also I like the way Chris answered many of my questions.Published 2 days ago by Darren Lee
This book came as a surprise for me.
Interesting reading with thoughts of astronaut and test pilot.
It makes you believe that even space is not the limit.
A fast, well intentioned read about the challenges faced and discipline exhibited by our worlds space explorers. Read morePublished 4 days ago by amabuyer
Fascinating insight into what it takes to become an astronaut, and the incredibly complex job they perform. I got a lot of respect for the author.Published 5 days ago by AlphaCentauri
An excellent book that was not only a fascinating adventure into space but an amazing guide to life on earth. Read morePublished 6 days ago by darkswerk