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A very good portrait of space, politics, & humanity: The story of the first manned expedition to our mysterious neighbor, the red planet. Bova does a great job mixing the difficulties of the exploration of a new world with the scientific enterprise of discovery.
I listened to the Audible version, an abridged version read by... HARLAN ELLISON. The book itself was reward enough - but I was astounded by what an excellent reader Ellison was - I grew up knowing of him as the bad boy of science fiction. Now I learn he is an excellent voice actor! Highly recommended!