By Keay Davidson

A penetrating, captivating biography of a systematic icon

"Absolutely interesting . . . Davidson has performed a amazing job."-Sir Arthur C. Clarke

"Engaging . . . available, rigorously documented . . . sophisticated."-Dr. David Hollinger for the hot York occasions e-book overview

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

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

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

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

Carl Sagan was once some of the most celebrated scientists of this century―the good-looking and welcoming visionary who encouraged a iteration to appear to the heavens and past. His lifestyles was once 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 specific entry to many own papers, this hugely acclaimed lifestyles tale deals awesome perception into some of the most influential, provocative, and liked figures of our time―a complicated, contradictory prophet of the gap Age.

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In 1905, Freud published Three Essays on the Theory of Sexuality, 2 * one of his classic explorations of the unconscious. As he explained, the mind is not merely a "reasoning" machine, as Victorian optimists had believed. Rather, the mind is to live, subjected to — — *Many immigrants' names were Americanized on their arrival at Ellis Island. Cari Sagan says that to her knowledge, "Sagan" shortened version of a longer is name such her father's original as Sagansky. Ukrainian surname, not a BROOKLYN 7 haunted by ghosts, by irrational forces of desire and repression.

Nerdy! He [He was] almost he ever physically, [but] I don't recall "He was so gung-ho about his desire up when he would start to talk about this. It went over like a lead balloon with me. " There told her about astronomy. to learn astronomy. weren't many His eyes lit bright males at Rahway High, Shillaber notes; few stu- dents went on to college, and most of them to a state school. Shillaber is now a widow and a volunteer middle-school librarian. "I was not born in the era when women had to have a career," she sighs.

Forget ideals. " This might have been George Sagan's credo, or his grandnephew Carl's. George was old enough to join the booming New York garment industry. In 1916 he founded his own firm, the New York Girl Coat Company. Eventually he became a wealthy man, a country-club type and a member of the board of educational and will achieve your goal. . public-spirited institutions. a When the firm celebrated its fiftieth anniver- New York Times ran a story on the front page of its busiThe story included a photo of a grinning George Sagan sary in 1966, the ness section.

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