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First off... someone is going to say it and rate low for it so let's get it out of the way: The book has quite a few typos. I didn't notice any until about chapter 5 (the mid point of the book) but then it got common. Missing words mostly, so that you are reading along and all of a sudden something doesn't make any sense so you go back and re-read and re-read till you spot the typo. You can quickly figure out what was missing (usually a "be" or "an" or "the" or "is") but it does get distracting; page 175's use of "South Korans" instead of "South Koreans" took me a second longer to figure out ;-). At first I took it as a problem with a translation but since this is apparently an English source book, it's just some tired proofreader. I took one star away just and only for that.
That said, the book is very good. Thin but packed with solid information, it is not a one-day read. I took a week because I needed to put it down and ponder some points before moving on. Even with the typos it does flow well, it is well written and every single mention of anything has a direct reference at the bottom of the page. Hickman has certainly done a lot of homework.
I'd go as far as saying that this is an important book for *Anyone* who considers themselves an "Space Enthusiast" whether they are working in the industry or just grew up Apollo, love watching Science Channel space documentaries and keep asking themselves "where is my stinkin' jetpack already?'.
If you personally have emotions over Space, specifically *Human* Spaceflight, then read this and take some time off to let it sink in before you do the next assault on Washington.
It will slap you directly in the face. The slaps will hurt.Read more ›
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