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Years ago, talk of a space race referred to competition between the United States and Soviet Union to put men in orbit and then send them to the moon. Nowadays, it applies to a few billionaires vying to go where only the most powerful nations went before—that is, beyond planet Earth. Christian Davenport, a Washington Post journalist who covers the space and defense industries, was able to talk to these billionaire entrepreneurs, and he chronicles their rivalries and ambitious, out-of-this-world projects in The Space Barons: Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, and the Quest to Colonize the Cosmos (PublicAffairs, $28). It’s a thrilling and important story that Davenport tells with well-honed reporting and narrative skills. These private, commercial space efforts are only about a decade-and-a-half old or less, yet they have made tremendous strides in a relatively short time and hold considerable promise for the future.

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$28.00
ISBN: 9781610398299
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Published: PublicAffairs - March 20th, 2018

Staff Pick

James Mustich’s involvement with the book business stretches back nearly four decades and has included not only time as an executive with Barnes & Noble but a lengthy stint publishing his own marvelous mail order book catalog, A Common Reader. And if I were as erudite, entertaining, insightful, and articulate as he is, I could have come up with 1,000 reasons to buy his book, 1,000 Books to Read Before You Die (Workman, $35). But here’s at least one: Whether you’re looking for something to read for personal edification or fun, for escapism or relevance, you can survey the literary world with Mustich as an experienced, enthusiastic guide. His work is an essential resource for anyone anywhere plagued by that infernal question: What do I read next? As the headline of a Washington Post review put it, the book is “the ultimate literary bucket list.”

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$35.00
ISBN: 9781523504459
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Published: Workman Publishing Company - October 2nd, 2018

Staff Pick

Years ago, talk of a space race referred to competition between the United States and Soviet Union to put men in orbit and then send them to the moon. Nowadays, it applies to a few billionaires vying to go where only the most powerful nations went before—that is, beyond planet Earth. Christian Davenport, a journalist on the Washington Post’s financial staff who covers the space and defense industries, was able to talk to these billionaire entrepreneurs and chronicles their rivalries and ambitious, out-of-this-world projects in The Space Barons. These private, commercial space efforts are only about a decade-and-a-half old or less, yet they’ve made tremendous strides in a relatively short time, marking the end of the government’s monopoly on exploring the cosmos and holding considerable promise for the future.

The Space Barons: Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, and the Quest to Colonize the Cosmos Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781610398299
Availability: Not On Our Shelves—Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: PublicAffairs - March 20th, 2018

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