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If you only read one Mars book, read this!
Reviewed in the United States on June 26, 2009
Wow! This is a great Book! It gives historical background for how we came to know what we currently know about Mars, and something about the people involved in advancing our knowledge. It is well written. It has great photos. It goes from Galileo up to 2008, to include rovers Spirit and Opportunity. It coves the Mars Underground, Robert Zubrin, and their advocacy for going to Mars. How about Wernher von Braun? And Carl Sagan? They are in there, as well as writers Edgar Rice Burroughs and Ray Bradbury. The forward by movie director James Cameron is right on target. The only thing missing is an appendix for 2nd Edition that would include Phoenix scooping water ice, and the finding of seasonal methane releases. It does a wonderful job of collecting the pieces and putting them into perspective. If you only read one book about Mars, this should be it.