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By Keay Davidson

A penetrating, captivating biography of a systematic icon

"Absolutely attention-grabbing . . . Davidson has performed a extraordinary job."-Sir Arthur C. Clarke

"Engaging . . . obtainable, rigorously documented . . . sophisticated."-Dr. David Hollinger for the recent York occasions publication evaluate

"Entertaining . . . Davidson treats [the] nuances of Sagan's advanced lifestyles with knowing and sympathy."-The Christian technology Monitor

"Excellent . . . Davidson acts as a willing critic to Sagan's works and their gigantic uncertainties."-Scientific American

"A attention-grabbing booklet approximately a rare man."-Johnny Carson

"Davidson, an award-winning technology author, has written an soaking up portrait of this Pied Piper of planetary technological know-how. Davidson completely explores Sagan's technological know-how, wrestles along with his politics, and plumbs his own passions with a telling intuition for the disclosing underside of a existence lived so publicly."-Los Angeles Times

Carl Sagan used to be some of the most celebrated scientists of this century―the good-looking and inviting visionary who encouraged a iteration to seem to the heavens and past. His existence used to be either an highbrow banquet and an emotional rollercoaster. in line with interviews with Sagan's friends and family, together with his widow, Ann Druyan; his first spouse, acclaimed scientist Lynn Margulis; and his 3 sons, in addition to unique entry to many own papers, this hugely acclaimed existence tale bargains notable perception into probably the most influential, provocative, and liked figures of our time―a complicated, contradictory prophet of the distance Age.

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He was so bright! All of us immediately sensed that. He made comments in class that would have let us know he was bright which would have turned off some children who were afraid of him or awed by him. 'Arrogant' is a good way [to describe him]. '" 94 School frustrated Sagan in part because of his intelligence. As an adult he recalled being bored in high school because he wasn't chal- lenged by the work and his teachers' lectures were uninspiring. His were alert enough to appreciate Sagan's brains.

28 According to family legend, his after Sam's Ukrainian relatives sent him to already journeyed there. Five-year-old glimpsed the Island. 29 New Many fast, this is your customs, and your your might. . Sam and in 1910, from in childbirth, his father, a ship who had George, first approaching Ellis his uncle, immigrants' hearts raced as they read this passage in a guidebook: "Hold past, York skyline mother died New York to join . You most necessary in America. Forget ideals. " This might have been George Sagan's credo, or his grandnephew Carl's.

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