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Dragonfly: NASA And The Crisis Aboard Mir Hardcover – Bargain Price, November 30, 1998
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The book is well researched, and Burrough is not afraid to delve into the dark waters of NASA's bureaucracy to round out the story. He dug deep to interview many of the significant figures of the book, including the likes of astronaut Jerry Linenger, Phase One director Frank Culbertson, NASA administrator Dan Goldin, and NASA's Johnson Space Center director George Abbey. Almost no one comes off unsoiled, and yet the author treats each subject fairly. Burrough makes extensive use of American and Russian flight transcripts, and he takes care to document the stressful lives of Russian cosmonauts, who are severely overworked and underappreciated. The author's narrative and reconstructed dialogue are well written, and he always allows the story and the people, rather than commentaries, to propel the book. I think Burrough achieves a good balance in presenting the material, which must have been difficult given the myriad personalities and politics involved.
However, I was disappointed in the choppy layout of DRAGONFLY's major sections. Burrough takes a hundred pages to outline the beginnings of Phase One and its troubles from 1992 to 1997 ... the problem is, this critical background is actually Part Two, and it appears in the middle of the book, which interrupts the tumultuous events of 1997. By that point, this section does the reader little good, because we are already up to our ears in Phase One's trials and tribulations.Read more ›
This book is totally absorbing, and I agree completely with the comment that it makes the reader feel, at times, as though he or she is actually aboard the Mir. In fact,"Dragonfly" should be required reading for ALL personnel who will be involved with the International Space Station. The author is right on target when he predicts that such a project will experience inevitable crises, and that how these are responded to will depend as much upon *human* as technological understanding.
Finally, I must put in the supportive words for cosmonauts Tsibliyev and Lazutkin. These cosomonauts were heroes, facing and overcoming difficulties much greater than those encountered by Glenn and Gagarin. They deserved far better treatment upon return from Mir than being blamed for circumstances beyond their control. This book shows how much courage and ingenuity these men really had -- and that their safe return to earth and the saving of the Mir was due to their brave efforts. After reading "Dragonfly," I have the deepest respect for the leadership of Tsibliyev and Lazutkin. I hope they are given a chance to go to the new ISS -- their experience would be invaluable!
What struck me throughout this book is the courage, tenacity and intelligence of the men and women in NASA who, in spite of total lack of support, or worse, interference from, their politically-motivated managers, were able to pull off the Mir missions.
I was also profoundly moved by the Russians' efforts to maintain their space program and their space station. This book corrected a lot of mis-impressions I'd had about their program. Yes, they take many more chances than NASA would ever contemplate, their equipment is old and falling apart. They are, however, the only program that has sucessfully maintained a long-lived station in space and they are the only humans with any experience in long-duration space flight. We have MUCH to learn from them. And they from us...
This book leaves me in doubt as to whether the two space programs will indeed be allowed to profit from each others' experience. The Russian's money problems (which, as this book shows was a driving force behind the politically-inspired Phase One operation) and NASA's phalanx of self-centered, uninspired, non-technical management lead me to believe that if anything is accomplished it will only be through the individual efforts and dedication of the "rank and file" -- and that includes the astronauts.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
My first impression of the book was very positive. It provided me so much more materials on the Shuttle-Mir program than any orther sources I could find. Read morePublished 3 months ago by J. Chen
This is a piece of American space history that was not adequately told until this book. An amazing history in fascinating detail of the time period between Apollo and ISS. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Nuke
Burrough's work in "Dragonfly" is an in-depth and unabashedly frank account of the Shuttle-Mir program. Read morePublished 11 months ago by George P. Burdell
Really good story. I know and have occasionally spoken with one of the astronauts in this book. It was he who mentioned the book and got my interest piqued. Read morePublished 11 months ago by J. Gunter
This book is a history of the NASA astronauts that stayed aboard Mir during the late nineties, and contains many interesting facts and details about the NASA administration. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Franklin
When I first got this book thought it was in the usual paperback format, so when I opened the package and found it was a coffee book size and tome thick, I knew it would be a sit... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Kevyne@Shandris
Get the inside view of this whole operation. Good read, even if it is now history.Published 21 months ago by Brad Kuss
I worked at NASA for many years so I know the stories. Great book!Published 21 months ago by Thunder Heart