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The Case for Mars von Robert Zubrin
The Case for Mars von Robert Zubrin
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5.0 von 5 Sternen It can be done!, 26. Juni 2000
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… Mehr dazu
Last of the Breed: A Novel von Louis L'Amour
Last of the Breed: A Novel von Louis L'Amour
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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 &hellip von Nelson Mandela
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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… Mehr dazu