Burrows extensively researched his subject, and he seems to want to include a little bit of everything; too much detail bogs down the narrative in places. Then again, he is no apologist for the space programs of the United States and the former U.S.S.R., and to tell their complete stories requires laying a great deal of political and scientific groundwork. When it comes to the great, memorable moments in space history, Burrows really shines. In telling the stories of Sputnik's first orbit, Neil Armstrong's moonwalk, Challenger's fiery death, and Sojourner's Martian road trip, he captures both the gee-whiz technological accomplishment and the very human emotions of the men and women involved. --Therese Littleton --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
This is the book for information on the space race. It chronicles the space race while putting into context of American history during the Cold War. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Jacob Turk
for anyone reading or wanting to learn about the space race, this IS the definitive book. it is DENSE but full of informationPublished 8 months ago by john
I've been waiting for this one to drop in price for some time. Great condition--equivalent to as described. Prompt and courteous.
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This was a very good book and worth keeping if you're a space nerd. The book covers the history and politics of mankind's use of space. Read morePublished on January 5, 2012 by C. Y. Bhatt
Many histories mark beginning of the modern space age as JFK's famous 1961 "We choose to go to the moon" speech, in which he set a goal of landing men on the moon by the end of... Read morePublished on December 13, 2011 by Michael J. Edelman
A simply outstanding, indepth history of the space age beginning with the earliest "crazy" thinkers & astronomers of centuries ago through the "Star Wars" SDI between the USA &... Read morePublished on September 19, 2011 by A. Van Meter
I've read almost all the Astronaut books. After dozens and dozens it gets redundant. Bought this book in hopes of learning new tidbits. Read morePublished on October 22, 2010 by Thomas Erickson
I picked this book up because I am such a fan of Mr. Burrows' other work about the space program (Deep Black). Read morePublished on November 23, 2008 by J. Page
William E. Burrows' "This New Ocean: The Story of the First Space Age" is an excellent account of space exploration through the late 1990s. Read morePublished on September 19, 2008 by A. Courie