Business Physicist and Astronomer
First, I am staunchly anti Communist China. I don't like doing business China. I don't like supporting a military that will one day dominate us. I refuse to help a Chinese business in my work as a business consultant and will retire long before the day that will be necessary to make a living.
Get it? I do not like China.
But, I liked this book so much, it changed me.
The book softened me on my feelings about the people of China who want and care about many of the same things we do---we are just competing for limited resources.
I'm still very anti China but I have a lot more empathy for the people as a result of this book.
Of all the books about modern China, this one gives a totally different look than any of the others. It's not political. It's just a really nice look at what life is like in China.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who likes culture and wants to understand the world.
it might even change you!
Chris Reich, TeachU
I enjoyed this because it covers an event not commonly known in the U.S. The subject was interesting and I learned a lot.
I think a little more could have been included about ballooning in general and perhaps a bit on modern day, long trip, ballooning.
Still, an interesting story told well.
If you like adventure history or quirky history, you'll like this book. It is a little confusing in the middle and they establish camp---I wasn't sure what was happening and had to go back a few times to put pieces together. That's okay but it was a little bumpy so I give 4 stars.
I downloaded the book before our summer vacation to one of the parks, so it was timely. A collection of National Park "slices of life" from a Ranger's perspective. Gives the reader a good look at not only "a day in the life" of a ranger, but also a broader insight into the career of a ranger. I liked it.