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As his stellar science career developed, Sagan built a reputation as a leftist who believed that "science could serve liberal ideals," and as an arrogant man with an unshakable confidence in his own brain. Davidson writes that Sagan developed his famous skepticism as an undergraduate. Sagan suffered from a "troubling mix of intense emotion and stark rationalism," writes Davidson. He succeeded (mostly) in balancing passion with reason, a balance that made him a perfect popularizer of science, a trustworthy authority who preached that an open mind was the most valuable scientific tool. Davidson was influenced personally by Sagan's writings, and he sometimes works a little too hard at puncturing the myths surrounding Sagan, but this biography is one that deserves to be read by Sagan's fans and detractors alike. It's a compelling, very real assessment of an all-too-human god of science. --Therese Littleton
This book by Keay Davidson leaves nothing out, however I would recommend both books if you want a complete picture of Carls life. Read morePublished 15 months ago by dragonaudra
I was very impressed by this biography by Carl Sagan which introduces the man with all his strengths and flaws. Read morePublished on March 6, 2013 by Curious Wavefunction
It's well-written, has just enough facts (but not too many), and suits my research purposes. I would recommend reading it.Published on February 26, 2013 by Vicky Rockey
A terrific, warts-and-all biography of a 20th century icon of science, literature, and broadcast media. Excellent writing, exhaustively researched, and entertaining. Read morePublished on June 26, 2012 by J. Robbins
This book has sure generated a wide variety of opinions. Not surprising. Many works will do that. What surprises me are those reviews who refer to this book as a hatchet job. Read morePublished on June 26, 2012 by Henry Charles
This book is a very fine biography. It is written with sympathetic understanding of its subject, but also with honest criticism. Read morePublished on February 15, 2012 by Shalom Freedman
Mr. Davidson has written an excellent biography of astronomer Carl Sagan with this one. I think the book was written with a fine balance of view on the man. Read morePublished on May 2, 2008 by Marky