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Robert A. Heinlein: In Dialogue with His Century: Volume 1 (1907-1949): Learning Curve

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  • Posted September 17, 2010

    Heinlein in Context

    Robert A. Heinlein stands at the pinnacle of science fiction, one o the "Big Three" along with Isaac Asimov and Arthur C. Clarke. Heinlein is a polarizing figure within fandom, yet except to a few, very little was known about a deeply private man.

    Today biographies are often tell all books determined to soil their subjects with every misdeed in order to bring them down or are ghost written fluff pieces that reveal little. This biography is neither.

    While it is evident that Patterson is a fan of Heinlein's writings, he makes no effort to apologize or hide the warts of Heinlein's life. And with good reason. Patterson lays out the experiences that shaped Heinlein and provided him with the building blocks of his writing career, The Learning Curve subtitle of the Biography.

    The other subtitle of the biography, In Dialogue with His Century, lays out a second thread of exploration and discovery that winds throughout the biography. The effects of events throughout the US and the world that impacted not just Heinlein but society.

    The result is a reveal of a man who was not a god on a pedestal, but a complex human being who engaged the world and gave back more than he received.

    10 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 9, 2010

    Great and very surprising

    Robert A. Heinlein was not only the master writer of SF he was also a master of writting to the story he was telling rather than to revealing his personal opinions. As a result he is one of America's foremost authors ranking second to few if any.
    Some say that if the reader only finds one level in Heinlein's writing then he has probably missed something. It is also true that the reader who believes Heinlein provides answers instead of asking questions probaby misses the entire point of Heinlein's story.
    William "Bill" Patterson has managed to capture both Robert Heinlein's character and personal history but to capture his body of work in all of its subtlety as well.

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 23, 2012

    Well Done Book,,,Full Of Answers

    Have read and loved Heinlein's stories for years always wondered about the man behind the stories. this book answered most of them his upbringing,his time in the navy and prototypes of his characters. With many interesting photographs. I am looking forward to the sequel

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 10, 2011

    Excellent!

    Wonderful read.

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  • Posted July 5, 2011

    Question regarding e-book version

    Can someone who has the Nook Book version please advise whether it includes photographs? The hardcover and paperback versions include a section of photos. Unfortunately, according to reviews on Amazon the Kindle version omits them, and I'm wondering if the Nook version does the same. Thanks in advance!

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