I hate not finishing books but... I just couldn't in this case. Cook is a serious journalist, we're told, but this ... this book seems to be something less than serious. A UFO nut, er enthusiast, will perhaps differ, but I find the whole thing tiring. In light today, of the tragic loss of the seven astronauts on Columbia - I just couldn't bother reading this any longer. It is an insult to the real work of exploring space that anyone would consider this contains even one serious piece of information. I read it for amusement value up to a point... the point being that real men and women have perished and will no doubt perish in the future, in order to explore the cosmos. Cooks book is an insult to them. Your money, and time, will be far better spent on serious books like This New Ocean: The Story of the First Space Age, by William E. Burrows. Think I might be inspired to re-read it. I also have
For Spacious Skies: The Uncommon Journey of a Mercury Astronaut, by
Scott Carpenter, Kris Stoever waiting for me at the library. Bottom line - this one is not worth the time - read the real story of space exploration, experiment with your own rockets.