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From: Geneva, Switzerland
Registered: May 2006

posted 05-04-2021 05:09 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cspg   Click Here to Email cspg     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The Greatest Adventure: A History of Human Space Exploration
by Colin Burgess
The space race was perhaps the greatest technological contest of the 20th century. It was a thrilling era of innovation, discovery and exploration, as astronauts and cosmonauts were launched on space missions of increasing length, complexity and danger.

The Greatest Adventure traces the events of this extraordinary period, describing the initial string of Soviet achievements: the first satellite in orbit; the first animal, man and woman in space; the first spacewalk; as well as the ultimate US victory in the race to land on the moon.

The book then takes the reader on a journey through the following decades of space exploration to the present time, detailing the many successes, tragedies, risks and rewards of space exploration.

  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Reaktion Books (August 12, 2021)
  • ISBN-10: 1789144604
  • ISBN-13: 978-1789144604


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From: Huntsville, AL, USA
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posted 05-04-2021 09:56 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for DavidH   Click Here to Email DavidH     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Colin's done a great thing with this book; I can think of no more comprehensive spaceflight history in a single volume.


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From: Sydney, Australia
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posted 05-05-2021 01:10 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for ColinBurgess   Click Here to Email ColinBurgess     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thank you, kind sir. Trying to compress 60 years of human space activity into a single book was not an easy task; nor was trying to keep the number of B&W and colour photos to around 130. A lot of great photos had to be left out, but overall, I'm absolutely delighted with the book.


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posted 05-09-2021 12:07 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for OLDIE     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'm surprised that no-one has yet mentioned that there is another book titled "The Greatest Adventure" published by the Association of Space Explorers in 1994.

This is not a history as such, but a collection of essays by astronauts/cosmonauts from eight countries, detailing their experiences in space. The book is sumptuously illustrated and well worth getting (in addition to Colin's of course).


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From: Belfast, United Kingdom
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posted 05-09-2021 12:17 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Blackarrow     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Yes, I have had my copy of "The Greatest Adventure" for 20 years, complete with a signature (on it before I bought the book) by Ed Gibson.

But there's room on my bookshelves for Colin's new book, too!


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From: Sydney, Australia
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posted 05-09-2021 04:37 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ColinBurgess   Click Here to Email ColinBurgess     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It's true, and I even have a copy of that ASE book in my personal library, but my publisher and I felt it was a powerful title, and the subtitle "A History of Human Space Exploration" explains what that great adventure is all about.

There's no copyright infringement involved in titles being used more than once, in fact if you look at the title Francis French and I came up with for our 2007 book, "In the Shadow of the Moon," and then go to Amazon, you'll see at least five books published subsequent to that date bearing exactly the same name. In our case, we took the title from the Samuel Taylor Coleridge poem "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner," which had earlier given us the the title "Into That Silent Sea" from the same poem. Amazingly, the documentary film "In the Shadow of the Moon" came out at about the same time our book was released, with its title derived from a quote within the documentary by Gene Cernan.

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