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The Moon


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An intimate, profound portrait of the Earth's closest neighbour

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Oliver Morton is a senior editor at The Economist and an award winning writer. He is the author of Mapping Mars: Science, Imagination and the Birth of a World, Eating the Sun: How Plants Power the Planet and The Planet Remade: How Geoengineering Could Change the World.


An out-of-this-world read ... brilliant and compelling. Morton is a high-octane British science journalist, and every chapter is littered with material that strikes, amazes or haunts ... this is a book filled not just with a lifetime's knowledge of its subject but with a lifetime's suppressed excitement. -- James McConnachie * Sunday Times *
I have read almost everything written about the lunar missions, yet I have never encountered a book that captures so perfectly and so lyrically the ridiculous power that the moon holds over human sensibility. This is a beautiful book about Luna - a "Moon of many stories, Moon as might be and Moon as always was, Moon longed for and Moon happened upon". It exposes the magnificent desolation of the lunar quest, yet still captures the beguiling hold that the moon has over all of us. -- Gerard DeGroot * The Times *
Wonderful and comprehensive ... full of human stories and rich with lunar-obsessed characters -- Rowan Hooper * New Scientist *
A very good book about the Moon but even more admirably, a different one. It is good because it is superbly well-written and enjoyably organised. It is different because it looks beyond Apollo towards the future ... A pleasure to read. * Economist *
a superb lunar history that explores both its past and future * Sunday Times *
[Morton] crafts elegant, witty prose and the book is full of interesting observations and insights -- Darragh McManus * Irish Independent *
This is a book to bend your mind ... the most eloquent exploration of our modern understanding of the Moon -- Alexandra Witze * Nature *

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