The most delightful and memorable new book I read last year...
– Adam Gopnik, THE NEW YORKER.COM
The density of ideas and connections is intoxicating. De Monchaux swings masterfully between subjects, teasing out unexpected connections and spotting the seeds of contemporary life that were planted by the space race.
– ICON (UK)
[a] wonderful material history...
– LOS ANGELES REVIEW OF BOOKS
... a broad and creative appraisal of [the] suit's many contexts, encouraging readers to consider technology as design, shaped by the circumstances of its time, unfailingly and elegantly layered and crafted to serve a purpose.
... now the definitive investigation of this terrain.
– THE ATLANTIC.COM
"Berkeley architecture professor de Monchaux's thorough and artful history of the American spacesuit takes readers at a leisurely pace through the past...a wholly absorbing capsule of our history. "
- PUBLISHER'S WEEKLY, Starred Review
Woven, as befits its topic, with multiple and colored threads borrowed from an astounding variety of fields and domains--technology, politics, media, and fashion design, to name only a few--this path-breaking book provides an innovative reading of the space race. Above all, it illuminates the relevance of this race for designers from yesterday and today.
– ANTOINE PICON, Travelstead Professor of the History of Architecture and Technology, Harvard Graduate School of Design
…This surely is one of the most deeply researched books on design ever written.
– RALPH CAPLAN, author of _By Design: Why There Are No Locks on the Bathroom Doors in the Hotel Louis XIV and Other Object Lessons
de Monchaux offers in this remarkable book a far-reaching and broad-based analysis of the spacesuit, interpreting it as far more than a functional garment protecting astronauts but also as an artifact at the nexus of society, science, and spacefaring...
– ROGER LAUNIUS, Senior Curator, Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum
Nicholas de Monchaux is Assistant Professor of Architecture at the College of Environmental Design, University of California, Berkeley. His work has appeared in the architectural journal Log, the New York Times, the New York Times Magazine, Architectural Design, and other publications.
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a good read, Amazon came thru as always, product shipped quickly, and was brand new, as describedPublished 8 months ago by Maverick Artist & Architect
Very interesting read. The book sets up a variety of different story lines that culminate in the space suit itself, an approach that helps in understanding (among others) the... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Lawman
Not the technical overview of the suit that I might have expected. This book covers the historic, political, and cultural background that existed around the engineers that were... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Matthew B Cary
I never knew I needed to know so much about spacesuits, but it was fascinating. Very well written and lots of pictures!Published 13 months ago by Jane Nelson
Very disappointing, the title and description are misleading. This book really doesn't have much to do with spacesuits and their development. I will be requesting a refund.Published 13 months ago by Amazon Customer
I was looking forward to reading this book after reviewing the synopsis. I was absolutley disappointed in the size of the type font, making it impossible to read even with my... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Dennis Frantzen
I thought this would be an entertaining tale of how Playtex got involved in the Space Race. That story is there, but the book is not really about "Bras Invade the World of... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Grant H. Franks
The author has only one 'de' in his name, BTW. Nicholas de Monchaux is a professor of Architecture at UC Berkeley so one would think he is an unlikely person to write a boot about... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Chris