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The Case for Mars
The Case for Mars
von Robert Zubrin
  Taschenbuch

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5.0 von 5 Sternen It can be done!, 26. Juni 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: The Case for Mars (Taschenbuch)
It has been two or three years since I read the book but I feel compelled to write a review.
Robert Zubrin presents very convincing arguments that a manned mission to mars in the near future (before 2010) is feasable. Previously, estimates for a manned mission was in the range of $500 billion dollars. Zubrin argues that via a new approach, without any breakthroughs, such a mission would cost around one tenth that amount. With budget surplusses, hints of possible past life and recent water flows on mars, the possibility of a manned mission seems ever more compelling.
Zubrin explains many technical details without delving into jargon. I found his description of fuel production on the surface to be particularly interesting.
The author not only discusses a manned mission but a long term colonization of the planet.
I especially recommend this to any engineering student interested in space.


Last of the Breed: A Novel
Last of the Breed: A Novel
von Louis L'Amour
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 5,91

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5.0 von 5 Sternen Page-turning story of adventure and survival, 26. Juni 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Last of the Breed: A Novel (Taschenbuch)
It has been more than ten years since I read this as a teenager but this book sticks out in my mind.
I didn't stray too much from science fiction back then, but my father recommended it. In hindsight, I think it was rather a "guy's book". The protagonist was fairly isolated and rarely interacted with other people. Nevertheless the story was quite engaging.
I highly recommend this to any young person who loves the outdoors or who generally does not read novels. The prose is easy to follow but logical. I was always eager to find out what was going to happen next.


Long Walk to Freedom: The Autobiography of Nelson Mandela
Long Walk to Freedom: The Autobiography of Nelson Mandela
von Nelson Mandela
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 16,54

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5.0 von 5 Sternen Now I know Nelson Mandela, 26. Juni 2000
Take out a pen and sheet of paper and write down everything you know about Nelson Mandela. If you can't go beyond a few sentences then you should read his autobiography. Not only will you know who he is, but you will also get a sense of knowing him personally.
I myself did not know too much about the man, despite having lived in South Africa for two years in the early 1980s (from age 10 to age 12).
The first two sections of the book, covering his childhood and his first years in Johannesburg (up to page 92), is disjointed, covering various moments that wre particularly memorable for Mandela. Of course this is nearly mandatory for an autobiography. However after Mandela starts law practice, a coherent story finally develops and the big payoff begins. Don't expect any earth-shattering revelations--there are none; what you'll get is a progressive page-turning story of someone, who through determination and tactful mediation, gradually became the largest force in the movement to dismantle apartheid.
Mandela does not preach his political views. You will get insight into them no doubt, but Mandela prefers to indulge in his and others' circumstances and his tactics to improve them. As strange as it may sound, a "stubborn man of compromise" is how I would describe him in keeping the movement intact. Of course only one so stubborn would reject a virtually inherited position as a "counselor" to pursue something more worthy, despite being pigeon-holed under apartheid. His wit and charisma proved valuable. When his activities inevitably led him into legal trouble, many enforcing apartheid could not hide their respect.
One may expect the coverage of his decades in prison to be boring. In fact, enough had transpired over those thousands of days for condensation into very interesting prose. The funniest and most amazing instances occurred here.
After finishing the book, I had a sense that persistence is the best attribute for outright success.
There is one minor weakness I want to mention: Mandela occasionally throws a lot of names at you, especially in the beginning. I have trouble remembering the names of people I meet, so how am I supposed to remember who's who for people with whom I cannot associate a face? I think Mandela wanted to make sure no friend was excluded from the book.
If you find yourself confused by all the names concentrate on Oliver and Walter, they are two of the most important figures.


Encounter with Tiber
Encounter with Tiber
von Buzz Aldrin
  Taschenbuch

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2.0 von 5 Sternen Dialogue silly; some inaccuracies in technical details, 22. Mai 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Encounter with Tiber (Taschenbuch)
I gave up on this book 250 pages though because it couldn't hold my interest. Aldrin and Barnes are more technically oriented than some but they went in a little over their heads. I appreciate technical details but they must be consistent and accurate, otherwise they annoy and detract from the plot. The plot wasn't all that coherent in the first place--this was not "page turner". The dialogue was not realistic. The charaters' speech were too artificial in their use to explain this and that. Some of the subjects the "professionals" spoke about were too simplistic for actual professionals to discuss. They sounded more like space enthusiasts. Maybe I would have enjoyed this more as a juvenile.


Communion: A True Story
Communion: A True Story
von Whitley Strieber
  Taschenbuch

5.0 von 5 Sternen Curl up to this book for a modern eerie tale!, 18. Juli 1998
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Communion: A True Story (Taschenbuch)
Say what you want Whitley Strieber. Allow yourself a little intellectual voyerism and consider the possibility of nonhuman thinkers intervening in almost every aspect of your life.
Chilling and Addictive.


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