I've had the pleasure of seeing Neil deGrasse Tyson speak
and this collection of his essays is fairly similar to his speaking points - manned vs. unmanned space exploration, the need to promote science for children, etc. And, I definitely agree with a lot of the points he makes.
Some of the essays do get a bit repetitive, but I think that it helps to drive his points home. If he didn't think what he was saying was important, he wouldn't keep saying it. He was interested in science because of the Apollo missions - so why should we deny our future generations that push towards science?
His essays are fun and interesting - very easy to read. You wouldn't think an astrophysicist would be simple to read, but Neil makes it fun. He includes his "Space Tweets" throughout the book as well.
Should You Read It? Yes! Even if you have only a mild interest in space, this is such a good and easy to read book that it is definitely worth it. And, you might even learn something.
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