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The Pluto Files: The Rise and Fall of America's Favorite Planet | [Neil deGrasse Tyson]

The Pluto Files: The Rise and Fall of America's Favorite Planet

In August 2006, the International Astronomical Union voted Pluto out of planethood. Far from the sun, tiny, and eccentric in orbit, it's a wonder Pluto has any fans. Yet during the mounting debate over Pluto's status, Americans rallied behind the extraterrestrial underdog.
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Publisher's Summary

In August 2006, the International Astronomical Union voted Pluto out of planethood. Far from the sun, tiny, and eccentric in orbit, it's a wonder Pluto has any fans. Yet during the mounting debate over Pluto's status, Americans rallied behind the extraterrestrial underdog.

The year of Pluto's discovery, Disney created an irresistible pup by the same name, and, as one NASA scientist put it, Pluto was "discovered by an American for America." Pluto is entrenched in our cultural, patriotic view of the cosmos, and Neil deGrasse Tyson is on a quest to discover why.

©2009 Neil deGrasse Tyson; (P)2009 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"A lighthearted look at the planet....Presents the medicine of hard science with a sugarcoating of lightness and humor." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Lara Plano, TX, USA 10-08-09
    Lara Plano, TX, USA 10-08-09
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    "Tyson v. Pluto (Tyson wins)"

    Certain parts of this were really interesting, especially the history of Pluto's discovery and what was going on culturally at the time. But mid-way through the book it turned into a sort of long, boring, defensive ego-fest/rehash of media hubbub. The majority of the book felt far more focused on Tyson himself than it did on Pluto. I couldn't help but wish it had been written by someone a little less involved--then we might have gotten a little more actual substance.

    9 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Ross Fort Collins, CO, United States 02-14-11
    Ross Fort Collins, CO, United States 02-14-11 Member Since 2009
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    "We love you Neil!"

    Neil brings fun to the history of Pluto. As a fan of Pluto who was originally very upset about the demotion, I was angry with Neil. But after this book, I forgive you Neil.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    C. McIntyre San Jose, CA, USA 01-31-13
    C. McIntyre San Jose, CA, USA 01-31-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Interesting, Informative, Entertaining"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Pluto Files to be better than the print version?

    I have never read the print version. However, I thoroughly enjoyed the audio edition.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    As it was nonfiction, there weren't really characters to speak of. There were real people involved - mostly the author or the book, Neil deGrasse Tyson.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Sam Motes Tampa 09-10-14
    Sam Motes Tampa 09-10-14 Member Since 2011

    Audible obsessed lifelong learner.

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    "Pluto's fall from grace"

    An interesting read on how educated people can get wrapped up in nostalgia and labeling things. The exposure over the Pluto declassification as a plant certainly stocked the discussion on scientific topics.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mark Evansville, IN, United States 09-08-14
    Mark Evansville, IN, United States 09-08-14 Member Since 2008
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    "Short but fun"
    Would you try another book from Neil deGrasse Tyson and/or Mirron Willis?

    I've read a few books but Neil deGrasse but if you want hard core science this is not it. Go for Death by Black Hole, which is a really interesting book. At the moment we know very little about Pluto (that should change in a few months), so it can't be too detailed on science.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The book is an interesting discussion of how science (classification) can be effected more by emotion than fact.


    Was The Pluto Files worth the listening time?

    Yes. It was a fun short book


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jim 09-06-14
    Jim 09-06-14 Member Since 2014
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    "A great read for non-technophiles"
    Any additional comments?

    I have seen Neal deGrasse Tyson on television many times. What struck me about this title was an espisode of The Big Bang theory where he apologises to one of the main characters for his role in "demoting" Pluto. My wife, a science teacher, was well aware of what had happened but I wasn't. I figured for a "daily deal" it was worth a shot. I'm very glad I purchased it. With an easy writing stye, deGrasse Tyson lays out not just what happened but gives the reader a concise understanding of the planetary classes within the solar system. And at four hours in length, it was just right for me. This is a great book for the layman. You aren't expected to understand astrophysics or mathematics. Just sit back and listen to the tale unfold. After finishing the book, I'm not convinced that Pluto isn't still a planet, albeit a really small one, but I'm now in a much better position to discuss this around the water cooler at work or with friends. This book makes you smarter.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Santhosh India 09-06-14
    Santhosh India 09-06-14 Member Since 2012
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    "If Ifs and Buts were candy and nuts.."
    Any additional comments?

    If you watch Big Bang Theory, you would know what the title means (well, if you dont, watch S04E07 - 'The Apology Insufficiency'). Sheldon Cooper accuses Dr Tyson of demoting Pluto from planetary status, and Dr Tyson explains that it was not his decision, but in fact was of the International Astronomical Union. Well, that sums up the book pretty much.

    This is a more detailed account of how Pluto's demise came along. This is an informative and at times funny book, however, i found that it was written by Dr Tyson just to explain to the world that 'Pluto' was not his decision - just so people will stop sending him hate letters :)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Christopher Anderson 09-03-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Good, but expected more."
    Where does The Pluto Files rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It is very educational, but did let me down a little bit.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    There was a lot of things repeated. The book itself probably could have been cut by a quarter or even in half. And if I have to hear the word "pedagogical" one more time I may scream. Just because you know a word, doesn't mean you should use it 50 times.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The narrator sounds just enough like the author to get your attention, but then it becomes clear it's not the author. It just kind of messes with your brain. Neil should have read this one.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Yawn fest? I love astronomy and learning about the planets..er..non planets. But this is not the stuff of movies. Maybe a 30 minute documentary.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Tim United States 08-31-14
    Tim United States 08-31-14 Member Since 2010

    I use my left foot to type my reviews.

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    "Blog on Pluto"

    I recently read Neil deGrasse Tyson's other book on Audible and found it fascinating. When I got the chance to buy "The Pluto Files" on sale, I was in joy. I find Dr. Tyson to be a genius. This book is more like a 4 hour lecture on why Pluto is not a planet. There is a lot of commentary from Tyson.and snippets of Pluto. If you are into astronomy, "The Pluto Files" is more like a personal blog from an astrophysicist.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Valdis Kent, WA, United States 08-31-14
    Valdis Kent, WA, United States 08-31-14 Member Since 2011

    I craft chainmaille while enjoying audiobooks. My current favorite Authors are: Butcher, Gaiman, Hearne, Correia, Scalzi and Hodder.

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    "More of a defense for the reclassification."

    I was really looking forward to an in-depth look at the history of the (now classified as) dwarf planet. Instead only at the beginning and the appendices does he cover the history of Pluto, with both the discovery and cultural significance. The rest of the book is Tyson defending the his and the IAU's decision to reclassify the planet, through reading letters received and media response to the debate.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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