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

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The New York Times best-selling author chronicles America's irrational 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, 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.

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 classification and America's obsession with the "planet" that's recently been judged a dwarf.

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"A mini-anthology of editorial cartoons commiserating with Plutos plight rounds out Tysons highly entertaining account." Booklist

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"Tyson documents Pluto's fall with editorial cartoons, letters from schoolchildren, song lyrics, and dialog among disagreeing scientists. He also expertly relates the history and science of Pluto and its discovery. Recommended." Library Journal

Synopsis:

The New York Times-bestselling author chronicles America's irrational love affair with Pluto. In his typically witty way, Tyson explores the history of planet classification and America's obsession with the "planet" that's recently been judged a dwarf. 35 color, 10 black & white illustrations.

Synopsis:

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

Synopsis:

In his typically witty way, "New York Times"-bestselling author Tyson explores the history of planet classification and discusses America's obsession with the "planet" that's recently been judged a dwarf. Illustrated.

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The New York Timesbestseller: 'You gotta read this. It is the most exciting book about Pluto you will ever read in your life."Jon Stewart

Synopsis:

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

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When the Rose Center for Earth and Space at the American Museum of Natural History reclassified Pluto as an icy comet, the New York Timesproclaimed on page one, 'Pluto Not a Planet? Only in New York.' Immediately, the public, professionals, and press were choosing sides over Pluto"s planethood. Pluto is entrenched in our cultural and emotional view of the cosmos, and Neil deGrasse Tyson, director of the Rose Center, is on a quest to discover why. He stood at the heart of the controversy over Pluto"s demotion, and, consequently, plutophiles have freely shared their opinions with him, including endless hate mail from third-graders.

Synopsis:

In August 2006, the International AstronomicalUnion voted Pluto out ofplanethood. Far fromthe sun, wonder Pluto has any fans. Yet during themounting debate overrallied behind the extraterrestrial underdog.Disney createdanirresistible pup by the same name, and, asone NASA scientist put it, Pluto wasdiscovered by anAmerican forAmerica. Pluto is entrenched in ourcultural, patriotic view of thecosmos, and NeildeGrasse Tysonis on a quest to discover why.Only Tyson can tell thisstory: he was involved inthe first exhibits to demote Pluto, and, consequently, Pluto lovers have freelyshared their opinions withhim, includingendlesshate mail from third graders. In his typically witty way, Tyson explores thehistoryof planetrecently been judged a dwarf.

About the Author

Neil deGrasse Tyson is an astrophysicist with the American Museum of Natural History, director of the world-famous Hayden Planetarium, a monthly columnist for Natural History, and an award-winning author. He lives in New York City.

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sebe, July 5, 2009 (view all comments by sebe)
This is good title to call the book because it is informing people especially American that the planet earth, they love so much is going to destroy.
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Cathy from Olympia, Washington, May 9, 2009 (view all comments by Cathy from Olympia, Washington)
Like many Americans, I have a soft spot for Pluto (the former planet, that is), particularly as Pluto was discovered in Flagstaff, Arizona where I grew up. Pluto Files is a history of the diminutive ex-planet from discovery to it's controversial demotion. Peppered throughout are photos, numerous cartoons, a 1932 ad for Pluto Water (a popular laxative), and a sampling of the hate mail Tyson received from both children and adults after inadvertently beginning (or at least being associated with) the demotion of Pluto. The appendices include the complete lyrics to 3 Pluto songs, and the rather amusing Assembly Bill HR36 condemning the demotion of Pluto, citing psychological and economic harm to the people of California. Pluto Files is a thoroughly entertaining, yet educational read.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780393065206
Subtitle:
The Rise and Fall of America's Favorite Planet
Publisher:
W. W. Norton & Company
Author:
Tyson, Neil de Grasse
Author:
Degrasse Tyson, Neil
Subject:
Astrophysics & Space Science
Subject:
Astronomy - Solar System
Subject:
History
Subject:
Astronomy
Subject:
Pluto (Dwarf planet)
Subject:
Astronomy - General
Subject:
History of Science-General
Copyright:
Publication Date:
January 7, 2009
Binding:
Hardcover
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
35 color, 10 black-and-white
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
8.42x6.40x.80 in. 1.20 lbs.

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Product details 224 pages W.W. Norton & Co. - English 9780393065206 Reviews:
"Review" by , "A mini-anthology of editorial cartoons commiserating with Plutos plight rounds out Tysons highly entertaining account."
"Review" by , "Tyson documents Pluto's fall with editorial cartoons, letters from schoolchildren, song lyrics, and dialog among disagreeing scientists. He also expertly relates the history and science of Pluto and its discovery. Recommended."
"Synopsis" by , The New York Times-bestselling author chronicles America's irrational love affair with Pluto. In his typically witty way, Tyson explores the history of planet classification and America's obsession with the "planet" that's recently been judged a dwarf. 35 color, 10 black & white illustrations.
"Synopsis" by , The New York Times best-selling author chronicles America's irrational love affair with Pluto, man's best celestial friend.
"Synopsis" by , In his typically witty way, "New York Times"-bestselling author Tyson explores the history of planet classification and discusses America's obsession with the "planet" that's recently been judged a dwarf. Illustrated.
"Synopsis" by , The New York Timesbestseller: 'You gotta read this. It is the most exciting book about Pluto you will ever read in your life."Jon Stewart
"Synopsis" by , The New York Times best-selling author chronicles America's love affair with Pluto, man's best (celestial) friend.
"Synopsis" by , When the Rose Center for Earth and Space at the American Museum of Natural History reclassified Pluto as an icy comet, the New York Timesproclaimed on page one, 'Pluto Not a Planet? Only in New York.' Immediately, the public, professionals, and press were choosing sides over Pluto"s planethood. Pluto is entrenched in our cultural and emotional view of the cosmos, and Neil deGrasse Tyson, director of the Rose Center, is on a quest to discover why. He stood at the heart of the controversy over Pluto"s demotion, and, consequently, plutophiles have freely shared their opinions with him, including endless hate mail from third-graders.
"Synopsis" by , In August 2006, the International AstronomicalUnion voted Pluto out ofplanethood. Far fromthe sun, wonder Pluto has any fans. Yet during themounting debate overrallied behind the extraterrestrial underdog.Disney createdanirresistible pup by the same name, and, asone NASA scientist put it, Pluto wasdiscovered by anAmerican forAmerica. Pluto is entrenched in ourcultural, patriotic view of thecosmos, and NeildeGrasse Tysonis on a quest to discover why.Only Tyson can tell thisstory: he was involved inthe first exhibits to demote Pluto, and, consequently, Pluto lovers have freelyshared their opinions withhim, includingendlesshate mail from third graders. In his typically witty way, Tyson explores thehistoryof planetrecently been judged a dwarf.
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