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

by Neil deGrasse Tyson

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I love Neil deGrasse Tyson! This book is a great read for anyone interested in getting caught up on all things Plutonian, from it's discovery, naming, time as a planet, and the controversy surrounding it's fall from planethood. It is a little "dumbed down" and anyone from a smart middle schooler on up could probably follow along. ( )
  briealeida | Feb 6, 2014 |
Very interesting and fun to read. Not over your head but still informative ( )
  Jessi.Rhodes | Dec 31, 2013 |
What could be more fun than a book by Neil deGrasse Tyson? Tyson is one of my favorite pop-sci guys- he's funny, he's witty, he's not afraid of anything, and to top it off he's a total unapologetic science geek. Tragically, he's already married- so I have to content myself with his books.

This one has more than just Tyson being a cut-up, though. He includes several letters from the public regarding the demotion of Pluto, some of which are priceless.

If you dig astrophysics without equations, this one's for you. ( )
  satyridae | Apr 5, 2013 |
I wasn't knocked out by the narration on this one, and it really isn't a book one needs to read twice. I adore Tyson, and I think that if he's going to have audio book versions of his works, he should read them himself- his delivery is, forgive me, stellar. The first time through I liked it much better. This time I wondered why it wasn't a really detailed magazine article, instead of a full-fledged book. ( )
  satyridae | Apr 5, 2013 |
The Pluto Files chronicles the history of Pluto, from its’ discovery in 1930 to the more recent debate about its’ classification as a planet. Tyson takes a mostly unbiased approach to this debate, with lots of quotes from other scientists giving an overview of the issue. The book also includes lots funny cartoons about Pluto, which were by far my favorite part of the book!

In addition to the pictures and the cartoons, the book is written in a very accessible away. Even late elementary school students could probably read it, a target demographic that makes sense given the many elementary school students outraged about Pluto’s demotion. This was by far the easiest to read of all my non-fiction reads so far.

On the down side, there wasn’t much depth to this book. I like to read micro-histories for the fun people stories involved in the history of even the most mundane of objects. This book didn’t include many of those personal stories. Instead, the book covered the same few arguments for and against planet-hood over and over again using enough quotes that the writing felt a little choppy. At the end of the day, this wasn’t a bad book, but I would only recommend it to a younger reader or to someone looking for a very brief overview of Pluto’s history. ( )
  DoingDewey | Nov 6, 2012 |
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At about four in the afternoon on February 18, 1930, 24-year old Clyde W. Tombaugh, a farm boy and amateur astronomer from Illinois, discovered on the sky what would shortly be named for the Roman god of the underworld.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0393065200, Hardcover)

The New York Times best-selling author chronicles America's love affair with Pluto, man's best (celestial) friend.

In August 2006, the International Astronomical Union voted Pluto out of planethood. Far from the sun, wonder Pluto has any fans. Yet during the mounting debate over rallied behind the extraterrestrial underdog. 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.

Only Tyson can tell this story: he was involved in the first exhibits to demote Pluto, and, consequently, Pluto lovers have freely shared their opinions with him, including endless hate mail from third graders. In his typically witty way, Tyson explores the history of planet recently been judged a dwarf. 35 color, 10 black-and-white

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An exploration of the controversy surrounding Pluto and its planet status from a renowned astrophysicist at the heart of the controversy.

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