An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth: What Going to Space Taught Me about Ingenuity, Determination, and Being Prepared for Anything Hardcover – Oct. 29 2013
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- Item Weight : 517 g
- ISBN-10 : 0316253014
- ISBN-13 : 978-0316253017
- Product Dimensions : 16.19 x 3.18 x 24.45 cm
- Publisher : Little, Brown and Company (Oct. 29 2013)
- Language: : English
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- #12,394 in Biographies & Memoirs (Books)
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FINALIST 2013 – CBA Libris Non-Fiction Book of the Year Award
WINNER 2013 – CBA Libris Non-Fiction Book of the Year Award
“Chris Hadfield is easily the world’s most famous living moustache-tronaut, having done more to promote the concept of off-Earth travel and exploration than anyone since William Shatner first stepped onto the bridge of the Enterprise…. The accounts of Hadfield’s three missions are riveting and fun, and easily communicate the shock and awe that comes with seeing the planet from above.” —Toronto Star
“I found his fascinating An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth even more enjoyable than I expected. Mr. Hadfield teaches us not only about space but about people, too. Equally autobiographical and instructional, the book goes gleefully against the grain of most ‘success’ books…. An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth isn’t a compendium of hagiographic profiles; it’s a very human glimpse into a rarefied world. Bound together by a love of exploration and discovery, tested by tragic catastrophes and everyday hardship, the men and women Mr. Hadfield introduces us to are real people: They fail, they succeed, they worry, they miss their families, they go to space and do things never done before. The vacuum of space is unforgiving and brutal. Life on earth isn’t easy, either. Mr. Hadfield has genuinely and refreshingly increased our understanding of how to thrive in both places.” —Adam Savage, The Wall Street Journal
“Hadfield is a good writer with an engaging style; I was always eager to get to the next chapter, and frequently found myself smiling at the stories he was spinning…. You might not think that someone who became an astronaut might have stories that will relate to your own Earthbound life, but in fact Hadfield has shown over and again that he’s a master at making it all relatable. From his photos of Earth from space to his videos showing the daily grind of life on a 100-meter wide orbiting tin can, he is all about real life.” —Phil Plait, Slate (Best Book)
“A page-turning memoir of life as a decorated astronaut.” —Kirkus Reviews
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My advice is not to read previews, any sneak peeks, don't even go to the photos until appropriately placed at the near end, for good reason. However, as not everyone who has (worked incredibly hard!) & achieved an out-of-world experience, has the ability to about write science & space and yet describe wondrous things. Hadfield does with such soul & grace, depth (even w/o gravity) .....& also jam packs so many interesting nuances about living in space that goes beyond "how do you pee?" but includes that plus amusing details I can't give away. Sorry.
This is not a "self-help, how to live on earth" perspective preachy, annoying narrative, "I am God " because I saw earth from space. It's a "I am not God.....but I almost reached Him" (I joke, Hadfield did not say that) . In fact, he's so self-deprecating, that I was mildly disbelieving, even though Canadians are very humble. I don't subscribe to his "Zero" theory in ordinary walk of life, behaving as if, yes....but you won't know what I'm talking about yet. Military might drill this into a person, to aim for a zero...that said, I understood fully by the very end, the need to say this throughout. I got it.
I was so engrossed in this book, impressed by the writing & obviously the content -subject matter is mind -altering. One could easily be left Lost in Space, eager to read more (I see he has written 2 books, oh good!) Truly, I had no idea, though I pined for more exploration, I watched the "moonwalk"@ age 17, understood Russia USSR vs USA was more than a race (both world power nations & enemies, Cold War, Cuban Missile Crisis, development of nuclear bombs "the red button", USA's intolerance for communism - read Oliver Stone's co-authored Unknown History of USA, which covers this era & first space explorations in earthly perspectives) Therefore, it's amazing & fantastic (Kennedy & Khrushchev might have ultimately been plsd to know) the unification that exists now.
Thank you Commander Chris Hadfield for this gift to we, 'vicarious voyageurs.'
I stayed up half the night reading this book all in one go.
I plan to have my boys all read this book before they finish school, not especially having anything to do with space, but more as an inspirational guide on how to be an incredible member of the human race; how to have a goal and reach it. My hat's off to you Mr. Hadfield.
Top reviews from other countries
The book is about the romanticized reflections of a person who has been an astronaut for many years and has spent a decent amount of time in space, along with some doses of truth with regards to responsibility and sacrifices that need to be made along the way to get there. Therefore, do not expect to read about technical descriptions and engineering insight and specification about spacecrafts.
If you are a young person who is interested in space, who is interested in a career in aerospace industry and want to get a basic insight, this is a good starting point to see whether the descriptions and stories of Chris Hadfield inspire any interest within you.
Hadfield is entertaining in his views on the space community. And it is a community, brought together and maintained by those involved in all the many disciplines needed to get people out there. He has a light touch, whether writing about his fellow-astronauts, the 'rear echelon' people who get the machinery into space or those who train and sustain them. He writes about the strains on his family, the dangers of becoming obsessive his job, and the ways in which they react to his absence.
All in all, his book is a new look at the whole process of International Space Station Life. The technical aspects are described in enough detail to help us understand them. The impact on all of the people involved are honestly described, without stooping to a scandal-hunting paparazzi view. It certainly helped me to understand the whole aspect of space work on one man. And he stresses that he's not a hero, just another 'guy-next-door' Canadian doing his best to do his job. All through the book, he says that he's doing a job he's been trained for. That's not mock-modesty, Hadfield's whole approach to life, the universe and everything (Sorry; I couldn't help that).
I will read Hadfield's book again and again. I'm as sure of that as I am that it's worth re-reading many times.