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Shirley's story is extraordinary in its simplicity: she set her sights on what she wanted, and chased it fervently. Yet simple doesn't always mean easy, and Shirley owns up to getting sidetracked along the way, and having to work hard to get back to business. And what a business! Imagine having an expensive, delicate object you helped design strapped to a projectile hurtling toward a chunk of rock in space. The best parts of Shirley's story are the tense moments, when she struggled to maintain professional cool while under enormous stress. This book is part autobiography, part lesson to bureaucratic managers; Shirley has had to work with some temperamental folks in her lifetime of government work, and she's learned (the hard way) how to manage teams well. One gets the impression that she would have made an excellent military leader, or CEO. Mars buffs all over the world should be glad she stuck to the stars. --Therese Littleton --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
I wasn't really interested in space until I started reading this book. I was always a huge fan of aeronautics and worked in the industry but I never got excited for astronautics. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Ben
one of the best books ever!
READ IT!.............worked with Donna and she writes a easy, fun, good read......sent this as a gift to a friend.... Read more
The book is really interesting. Not so for the biographical element in it, but more for the NASA internal politics description. Read morePublished on October 29, 2001 by Joan Roch
This book vividly tells the story of the intense and exhiliarating adventure scientists and engineers at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) experience at the cutting edge of the... Read morePublished on April 18, 1999
If you've ever wondered what engineering is all about or are trying to decide whether or not to enter the field, this book is for you It's an adventure story, that starts with a... Read morePublished on April 7, 1999 by John Shepler, online publisher of A Positive Light...it'll brighten your day! (email@example.com)
For a person reviewing books before live audiences, Managing Martians by Donna Shirely is a winner! Shirley's story is multifold - from her childhood perched in a sycamore tree in... Read morePublished on April 5, 1999
In Managing Martians, Donna Shirley shows the interaction that takes place in the solution of complex engineering problems with mostly male colleagues. Read morePublished on April 5, 1999
Mars has always interested me and so I was looking forward to a book that would promote not only this singular endeavor of hers but also future visions for Mars. Read morePublished on March 19, 1999
The book is an interesting read, although as someone who closely follows interplanetary missions I found it slightly sparse in details, but sprinkled with anecdotes. Read morePublished on November 17, 1998