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GPS Declassified: From Smart Bombs to Smartphones Hardcover – October, 2013

ISBN-13: 978-1612344089 ISBN-10: 1612344089 Edition: First Edition

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Potomac Books Inc.; First Edition edition (October 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1612344089
  • ISBN-13: 978-1612344089
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #587,971 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A fine and entertaining story of the origins of the Global Positioning System, a consequential space-age technology that has affected the lives of hundreds of millions in war and peace. Non-specialist readers will easily understand principles of this sophisticated system and appreciate difficulties of GPS development by visionary individuals."—Mike Gruntman, professor of astronautics at the University of Southern California at Los Angeles and author of Blazing the Trail: The Early History of Spacecraft and Rocketry


"The authors do the impossible, making an intricate technological advance fascinating to read. They offer an informative and well-researched account of how GPS proved its worth even before the system was complete. The results it provided in the Persian Gulf War were truly revolutionary. With this seemingly miraculous kick-off, GPS technology was almost immediately integrated throughout military systems. Entrepreneurs immediately picked up on this and made it equally successful in commerce."—Walter J. Boyne, author of How the Helicopter Changed Modern Warfare and former director of the National Air and Space Museum of the Smithsonian Institution

"GPS Declassified is a carefully researched, well written, fast-paced, and thoroughly enjoyable book."—William F. Mellberg, Space Review

"As an introduction to GPS, its history, uses, issues and concerns GPS Declassified can’t be beat."—Robert Schaefer, New York Journal of Books

"[GPS Declassified] is a good primer and a stimulus to the more challenging aspects of what is now one of the fastest growing sectors in space applications."Spaceflight

"This book expertly weaves the story of GPS development and its ever-expanding use. . . . Beyond the science of GPS, the authors also provide insight into how societies evolved, grow, and expand."—M. W. Carr, CHOICE

About the Author

Richard D. Easton has published articles about the origin of GPS in various space-related publications. He holds an MLA from the University of Chicago. His father, Roger L. Easton, led the Space Applications Branch of the Naval Research Laboratory from the Vanguard satellite era to the early days of GPS development.

Eric F. Frazier is a former newspaper reporter who covered governmental affairs for a general audience. His articles about computer security, nanotechnology, and drug marketing research have appeared in a variety of publications. Frazier holds a BS in geography from Appalachian State University.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By James Henderson on October 27, 2013
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Where were you in 1958? I was in grade school in a small town in southern Wisconsin but elsewhere things were popping in the world of space science. Russia had sent Sputnik into orbit the previous October and scientists in the United States, in secret in the Armed Services, were working on a response. Part of that response led to the development of what was to become known simply as "GPS" in the vernacular of practically everyone on the planet. I know that this avid reader of science fiction, who thought his new transistor radio was really neat in 1958, did not imagine that cars and phones and everyday life of his adult future would be shaped in part by this ubiquitous invention.
In GPS Declassified Richard D. Easton and Eric F. Frazier tell the story of how this happened in an fascinating and readable way. The technological difficulties, bureaucratic roadblocks, and breathtaking breakthroughs are shared through several narratives that lead to the future we live in today. These narratives include background of both a brief history of navigation and the development of satellites; but also delve into the how and why of GPS leading the reader from the military beginnings to the civilian uses that have since proliferated. There is the exciting success story of GPS use in the Persian Gulf War and the birth of a new industry providing GPS for the millions of consumers that use it today. A concluding section looks forward to the future of GPS. History of Science is seldom told better than this story of the development of a technology that has in no small way transformed our world.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By W. Nemmer on March 3, 2014
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Mr Easton and Mr Frazier did a thorough job of researching and documenting the history of GPS and do a good job explaining the who, what, how and why while keeping it interesting.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Rye Barcott on December 26, 2013
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I've been fascinated by GPS and it's tremendous power since it saved my team one night during combat operations in the Middle East. GPS Declassified is a great read for anyone interested in American history. From Eisenhower's Cold War bunkers to the Apple labs, this insightful and well-written book presents a valuable case study about the effective commercialization of a technology that shapes our modern lives in war and peace.

- Rye Barcott, author, It Happened On the Way to War
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By D. McCann on February 18, 2014
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I needed to write a paper on GPS technology and history for a club that I belong to, and when I happened upon this newly published book, I couldn't believe my luck! It provides a fascinating and detailed look at how satellite technology powers so much of what we take for granted in our everyday lives.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dmitriy on April 27, 2014
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This book takes you through how GPS was developed into what we see today, without loading the reader with mathematical formulas and technical jargon. Finally a book that both tells the story and describes the principle in easy-to-understand terms. This is a fascinating technology that employs the latest scientific ideas, such as both relativity and computer science, combining them to make something useful.
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