December 8, 2023
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From The Earth To Mars
Book Reviews Graphic Novels Non-Fiction

From The Earth To Mars : A Unique Journey Of Rocket Building

Author: Jeffrey Manber

Genre: Non-fiction graphic novel

Year Published: 2023

Nerdection Rating:

“Nerdection Must Read”

If you are a fan of history or if are not, read “The surprising history of the Rocket pioneers who launched humanity into Space”, because this book is a chef’s kiss! Written by Jeffrey Manber, this graphic non-fiction book is ready to leave you rooting for more. So what is this book about? Read this review to find out!

Spoiler-Free Plot:

What if we told you that the journey from Earth to Mars was not simple enough and was a catalyst for a series of discoveries and productions? Or better, what if we told you that it took so much time, so many professionals, and so many different cultures to produce the rockets that we see today?

This graphic nonfiction book’s Volume 1 and 2 focus on the history behind the formation of rockets, from the simple Russian school teacher who first made the first equation for rocket travel, to the book that inspired rocket production, to the Ph.D. student with their rejected thesis, and even movie producers.

But was the rocket production successful? In this war of being the best, which country made the rocket first? And what series of events led to the first rocket? And most importantly, will countries ever stop manipulating others for rocket building? Read the book to find out more!

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My Take On From The Earth To Mars:

At the start of this review, I wrote that even if you are a fan of history or not, you should read this book. This is coming from me, a person who honestly does not like history, and learning histories of how different things came into existence was a nightmare for me. But if they taught us history just like Jeffrey Manber taught us about the Rockets, we would all be fans of history.

Jeffrey wrote in an interesting, engaging, and compelling way with a touch of humor here and there. This made this book seem just like a story you hear from your grandmother on a wintery night, with eyes wide open and waiting for the end of the story and how things unfold. The dramatic way in which Jeffrey concluded every chapter was new to me and I waited for the end of each chapter to see how Jeffrey concluded each. How Jeffrey managed what to tell in graphics and what to tell in narratives was extraordinarily amazing. I mean just read this:

“So who did kick-start the serious interest in the exploration of space before the governments were involved? It must have been von Braun and his German team, right? Or an American? Or maybe a Russian? Was the first spark from an engineer or a farsighted politician? Nope. Nope. Nope. Nope. How about a French writer!”

See how simple, friendly, and engaging this passage is? How would you not like such a book?

The detailed insights, Jeffrey’s involvement and interview with one of the people mentioned in the book, and the describing way that made this book look like a sweet piece of cake ready to be devoured are all the things that made this book a masterpiece. 

I liked reading about the involvement of the film director, and the writer whose science fiction was the reason for the beginning of all the events. The characters and events were all real except for one graphic event that never took place. 

What I loved about this book was its sheer attention to detail. I am amazed how Jeffrey was able to collect all this information going back to the late 1900s. And the talent with which Jeffrey intertwined the rocket-building timeline with the political events leaves you hooked!

So what do you guys think? Do I recommend this book? Or highly recommend this book? How about I say you go and read this book as a treat for your birthday? Nope, nope, nope! I order you all to read this book! (Passage inspired by Jeffrey’s style of writing!)

In all honesty, I highly recommend this book to all of you and I look forward to reading the next volume when Jeffrey decides to write and publish it! This book is a solid 5 shiny stars!

Age Appropriation:

People/children of all ages.

About The Author Of From The Earth To Mars

Jeffrey Manber has done everything in commercial space from leasing the Russian space station Mir to being CEO of the largest commercial user of the International Space Station to establishing the first space fund on Wall Street. Today he is part of a team that is building a privately owned space station with core NASA funding. The author of three books, his second Selling Peace, chronicles his time working with the Russian space program. Receipient of numerous industry awards, Jeffrey was awarded the NASA Exceptional Public Achievement Medal and the Space Frontier Foundation’s 2017 Pioneer of New Space Award.

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