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The following is a list of books about Mars along with comments, either positive or negative.





The Hunt for Life on Mars Title:   The Hunt for Life on Mars
Author:  Donald Goldsmith,Donald Goldsmith
ISBN:  0525943366
Publisher:  NAL/Dutton
Date Published:  January 1997
Format:  Trade Paper
Description:Read my full Book Review .



Mars Beckons: The Mysteries, the Challenges, the Expectations of Our Next Great Adventure in Space Title:   Mars Beckons: The Mysteries, the Challenges, the Expectations of Our Next Great Adventure in Space
Author:  John Noble Wilford,Marty Asher (Editor)
ISBN:  0679735313
Publisher:  Random House, Incorporated
Date Published:  June 1991
Format:  Trade Paper
Description: Pulitzer Prize-winning science writer John Noble Wilford has written a good book for a general audience. This book is in my personal collection and is recommended reading.



The Planet Mars: A History of Observation and Discovery Title:   The Planet Mars: A History of Observation and Discovery
Author:  William Sheehan
ISBN:  0816516405   Format:  Trade Cloth
ISBN:  0816516413   Format:  Trade Paper
Publisher:  U of Ariz
Date Published:  October 1996
Description: This is an excellent book about the history of mans observations of the Red Planet from the birth of the telescope through the Viking missions. The book concludes with a chapter on observing Mars for the amateur astronomer. This book is in my personal collection and is recommended reading.



Water on Mars Title:   Water on Mars
Author:  Michael H. Carr
ISBN:  0195099389
Publisher:  Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Date Published:  November 1995
Format:  Cloth Text
Description: Any book by Michael Carr on Mars is recommended reading. This is a book for the serious student of Mars and covers all aspects of the question of the past history of water on Mars. This book is in my personal collection and is recommended reading for those seriously interested in the geologic history of Mars.



                          Title:   NASA Mars Conference, July 21st to 23rd, 1986
Author:  Duke B. Reiber (Editor)
ISBN:  0877032947
Publisher:  Univelt In
Date Published:  January 1988
Format:  Paper Text
Description: This book is highly recommended for anyone who is interested in the future of Mars exploration, especially manned exploration. This book is a collection of papers presented at a NASA sponsored conference in 1986. What makes it one of my favorites is its blend of excellent papers on Mars as a planet and its papers on the future of both manned and unmanned missions to the planet. This book is in my personal collection and is recommended reading for those seriously interested in the geologic history of Mars and its future exploration.



Strategies for Mars: A Guide to Human Exploration Title:  Strategies for Mars: A Guide to Human Exploration
Author:  Carol R. Stoker (Editor),Carter Emmart (Editor)
ISBN:  0877034060
Publisher:  Univelt In
Date Published:  April 1996
Format:  Trade Paper
Description: This book is a collection of papers by experts on what it will take to carry out manned missions to Mars. The papers are grouped into collections by general topic. Topics include: Making the Case for Mars, Interplanetary Transportation Issues, Living in Space, Living and Working on Mars, Science on Mars, and Costs and Benefits of Mars Exploration. This book is in my personal collection and is recommended reading for those seriously interested in the details of the manned exploration of Mars.



The Case for Mars: The Plan to Settle the Red Planet and why We Must Title:  The Case for Mars: The Plan to Settle the Red Planet and why We Must
Author:  Robert Zubrin,Richard Wagner
ISBN:  0684835509
Publisher:  Simon and Schuster Trade
Date Published:  October 1997
Format:  Trade Paper
Description: This is the book by Bob Zubrin that has reinvigorated the "lets send people to Mars" movement. The book takes its name from a conference that is held every three years to address the issues of Mars exploration and it presents a new strategy on how we can successfully carry out low-cost manned missions to Mars. This book is in my personal collection and is recommended reading for people who have an interest in seeing humans make the trip to Mars one day.



The Case for Mars Title:   The Case for Mars
Author:  Robert Zubrin,Richard Wagner
ISBN:  0684827573
Publisher:  Simon and Schuster Trade
Date Published:  October 1996
Format:  Trade Cloth
Description: This is the book by Bob Zubrin that has reinvigorated the "lets send people to Mars" movement. The book takes its name from a conference that is held every three years to address the issues of Mars exploration and it presents a new strategy on how we can successfully carry out low-cost manned missions to Mars. This book is in my personal collection and is recommended reading for people who have an interest in seeing humans make the trip to Mars one day.



Lowell and Mars Title:   Lowell and Mars
Author:  William Graves Hoyt
ISBN:  0816505144
Publisher:  U of Ariz
Date Published:  June 1996
Format:  Trade Paper
Description: This is an enjoyable book about Percival Lowell and his obsession with the study of Mars. This book is in my personal collection and is recommended reading for those interested in Mars as it was known at the turn of the century and in Lowell's theories about its canals and life .



Mars Title:  Mars
Author:  Hugh H. Kieffer,Conway Snyder (Editor),Bruce M. Jakosky (Editor),Mildred S. Matthews (Editor)
ISBN:  0816512574
Publisher:  U of Ariz
Date Published:  December 1997
Format:  Trade Cloth
Description: I have saved the best (and most technical) for last. This is the book. Published in 1992, it is just shy of being 1,500 pages long and has contributions from 114 authors. If you want to know anything about the planet Mars, you can find it here. This book is in my personal collection and is most highly recommended reading for the serious student of the planet Mars.


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