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Lots of good writing, lots of finger-pointing
on March 2, 2000
Burroughs's book is gossipy, sometimes even catty, but at the same time one must admire its even-handedness. At one time or another, everyone looks like a jerk, and every policy is criticized.
Despite its negative tone, however -- it focuses on everybody in the NASA/Mir Phase One program's criticisms of everyone else -- Dragonfly is very credible. It is exhaustively researched and comprehensive, and by airing everyone's complaints Buroughs heads off accusations of bias. This gives Burroughs's conclusions about the program greater authority.
Most importantly, Burroughs is an engaging writer, and the subject matter is exciting. His narratives of the fire aboard Mir and its later decompression emergency are thrilling enough, and the information he gives us about the Russian/US space partnership is interesting enough, that Dragonfly is well worth reading even with its occasional descents into scandal-mongering.