A welcome addition to the literature about mankind’s fascination with Earth’s nearest celestial neighbor.



A personal and occasionally technical account of one man’s involvement with NASA’s first manned mission to the moon.

Halajian (Armenian Church Architecture, 2006) went to Harvard in 1948, studied soil mechanics and was hired as an engineer at Grumman Aircraft Engineering Corp., which became Grumman Aerospace Corp. just in time for its various labs and specialists to begin work on the techniques and technologies that would make President Kennedy’s challenge to land a man on the moon a reality. If astronauts such as Neil Armstrong are the NASCAR superstars of what was to become NASA’s Apollo missions, the hundreds of scientists like Halajian were the pit crews—unknown to the public but essential to the mission. In a series of 22 short “moon stories” (one gets the strong—and comfortable—impression the author has been telling these stories for years), Halajian recounts his days working on problems of lunar soil analysis and landing-module mechanics. There are charts and diagrams only his fellow scientists will understand (several of his scientific papers are also reprinted in the back of the book), but these are more than counterbalanced by the humane and touching stories Halajian tells of his various co-workers (and more distant luminaries such as Werner Von Braun and Gerard Kuiper). Interwoven through the book is the author’s deep affection for his adoptive homeland of the United States and his persistent inquiries into the “pioneer spirit” of its nature. The bulk of this slim book of recollections involves the work he did on mapping and imaging the moon’s surface, and although some of the discussions can be dauntingly technical, the sense of path-finding is ultimately exhilarating.

A welcome addition to the literature about mankind’s fascination with Earth’s nearest celestial neighbor.

Pub Date: Nov. 1, 2007

ISBN: 978-1602475281

Page Count: 194

Publisher: N/A

Review Posted Online: July 14, 2010

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Stricter than, say, Bergen Evans or W3 ("disinterested" means impartial — period), Strunk is in the last analysis...



Privately published by Strunk of Cornell in 1918 and revised by his student E. B. White in 1959, that "little book" is back again with more White updatings.

Stricter than, say, Bergen Evans or W3 ("disinterested" means impartial — period), Strunk is in the last analysis (whoops — "A bankrupt expression") a unique guide (which means "without like or equal").

Pub Date: May 15, 1972

ISBN: 0205632645

Page Count: 105

Publisher: Macmillan

Review Posted Online: Oct. 28, 2011

Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 1, 1972

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From the national correspondent for PBS's MacNeil-Lehrer Newshour: a moving memoir of her youth in the Deep South and her role in desegregating the Univ. of Georgia. The eldest daughter of an army chaplain, Hunter-Gault was born in what she calls the ``first of many places that I would call `my place' ''—the small village of Due West, tucked away in a remote little corner of South Carolina. While her father served in Korea, Hunter-Gault and her mother moved first to Covington, Georgia, and then to Atlanta. In ``L.A.'' (lovely Atlanta), surrounded by her loving family and a close-knit black community, the author enjoyed a happy childhood participating in activities at church and at school, where her intellectual and leadership abilities soon were noticed by both faculty and peers. In high school, Hunter-Gault found herself studying the ``comic-strip character Brenda Starr as I might have studied a journalism textbook, had there been one.'' Determined to be a journalist, she applied to several colleges—all outside of Georgia, for ``to discourage the possibility that a black student would even think of applying to one of those white schools, the state provided money for black students'' to study out of state. Accepted at Michigan's Wayne State, the author was encouraged by local civil-rights leaders to apply, along with another classmate, to the Univ. of Georgia as well. Her application became a test of changing racial attitudes, as well as of the growing strength of the civil-rights movement in the South, and Gault became a national figure as she braved an onslaught of hostilities and harassment to become the first black woman to attend the university. A remarkably generous, fair-minded account of overcoming some of the biggest, and most intractable, obstacles ever deployed by southern racists. (Photographs—not seen.)

Pub Date: Nov. 1, 1992

ISBN: 0-374-17563-2

Page Count: 192

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 1, 1992

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