An Astronaut’s Guide to Life – Chris Hadfield

An Astronaut’s Guide to Life – Chris Hadfield

What boy doesn’t dream of becoming an astronaut when he grows up? For most, like myself that dream doesn’t come to fruition. However Chris tells a different story. He takes us from those first moments of when he saw Neil walk on the moon all the way to life in space. I suppose his journey isnt too different from many astronauts. Tried and true method of becoming a pilot then a test pilot and then moving to the US. but whats different about this story is Chris explains in detail the mental attitudes that got him there. shares numerous funny stories along the way and gives us a real good insight into life of an astronaut such as how to really fix a broken toilet in space and the issues that causes.

Chris did things a little different than other astronauts he tried to share what it was like with as many people as possible via his social media pages. from the sights and sounds of space to making a music video. Chris gives us a rare insight into a world so few get to know.

This was a great read not just to read a bit about what living on a space station is like but also to read just how hard it is to get there. Probably the best read and insight into an astronauts life i have encountered. A must for any bookshelf

Our Man in Tehran – Robert Wright

Our Man in Tehran – Robert Wright

Awhile ago I saw the movie Argo which was a movie based on the same incident as this book. The hostage take over of the US Embassy in Iran. I thought the movie was pretty awesome, and I had never heard of this book. I had just enjoyed the movie and moved on.

I was at a book sale and came across this book. As soon as i saw what it was about and my mind went straight back to the movie. Hollywood always adds some flair to its movies based on a real story sometimes the word “based” must be used extremely loosely. So I thought I wonder how different real life would be compared to the movie. Had I not even seen the movie Argo I probably still would of bought this book anyway though my knowledge on the subject matter would of been far more limited.

This book starts before the take over and tells the story of the lead up starting back before the shah fled Iran and before the Ayatollah took over. The story takes us through what was happening in Iran at the time and builds a picture of a country divided by religion and opinion on American influence. This picture starts to take on the all too familiar direction these days of some country and its people not liking US involvement in its internal affairs. Why they have too meddle everywhere I don’t know and that’s probably a conversation for another time. Once we get up to the take over of the embassy which comes as quite a surprise. I really see the take over for what it was. A blatant terrorist attack. Disregarding basic diplomacy status and voiding the hostages human rights is down right unacceptable regardless of the lame reasons they come up with. Nothing but the actions of the individual them-self should affect their own human rights, for example. A murderer or child molester should by these acts void their human rights and just be throw in a hole to die. But an innocent individual from a country you have an issue with should not cop your hate or fear. its just misplaced and misguided.

Reading the actions and risks Ken took were quite unbelievable, seeing how the extraction took place and realizing there was only a slight variation for the movie was good. I was glad they could tell his story almost as accurately as possible. While this book shows an all too familiar issue of religious groups causing trouble it does have a positive side which left me feeling more positive about modern civilization. That positive side being that we still today in our modern world have people who are willing to risk everything for complete strangers. i believe that truly encapsulates the human spirit. I may not be an American but i still feel compelled to say thank you Kenneth D. Taylor, for showing us all what it means to be human