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Throughout the ages, no planet has been the focus of more passionate dreaming than Mars. Perhaps the greatest proof of this widely held obsession is the extraordinary commitment of a group of NASA scientists-highly trained, brilliant men and women at the top of their fields, who have forgone high-paying prestigious jobs in private industry to devote their lives to the Red Planet. Not since The Right Stuff has there been such a diverse and charismatic group of space explorers, and Laurence Bergreen has been given unrestricted access to their work and their lives. In Voyage to Mars, he discovers who these visionaries are and what drives them to push the limits of science.

Voyage to Mars takes us beyond the last frontier in a new variation on the ancient theme of man striving against nature. It is an exciting, suspenseful, and dramatic narrative centered on a quest that is nothing less than transcendent: the meaning of life. As Bergreen has written, "To understand the Red Planet, even partially, is to understand something about the nature of the universe, to catch a glimpse of our distant past and our future, to extend perception to a scale much larger than ordinary human comprehension, to harness the imagination to the intellect, and the intellect to the stars."

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Laurence Bergreen is the author of several award-winning biographies, including those of Louis Armstrong, Al Capone, Irving Berlin, and James Agee. He has written for many national publications including Esquire and Newsweek, taught at the New School for Social Research, and served as Assistant to the President of the Museum of Television and Radio in New York. Bergreen has also served as a nonfiction judge for the National Book Awards and as a judge for the PEN/Albrand Nonfiction Award. Voyage to Mars is soon to be an NBC-TV television movie that will premier in spring 2002, and a weekly series that will debut in fall 2002. Bergreen lives in New York City.
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George Guidall gives an intelligent, precise, and animated rendering of the Mars-enthralled culture of NASA. It is hard to imagine the book being better performed. Author Bergreen describes how the Red Planet captures the human imagination and inspires NASA's scientists and engineers to dream of sending men and women to it. Overall, however, the book, while rich in NASA lore and entertainingly read, is a bit rambling and unfocused. K.C. AudioFile 2001, Portland, Maine-- Copyright AudioFile, Portland, Maine

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  • PublisherDemco Media
  • ISBN 10 0606242821
  • ISBN 13 9780606242820
  • BindingPaperback
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