Book Review: The Pluto Files: The Rise and Fall of America’s Favorite Planet

Several years ago I was at a conference where Neil deGrasse Tyson presented.  I was very impressed with his grasp of the all this science stuff and the way he was able to speak at a high level and not lose all these non-experts in the crowd.  The Pluto Files: The Rise and Fall of America’s Favorite Planet is his story of how Pluto lost its title of Planet.  He, as you may know, was very involved in that development.  The book is well written but goes a little long in some chapters.  This book could have been pared down a bit to make it read a bit faster.  This could have been a long article in a science publication.  That would have been a better fit then trying to stretch it out with a bunch of filler.  At 176 pages, it would have been fine with 100 or so.

The Pluto Files Book Cover The Pluto Files
Neil deGrasse Tyson
Science
W. W. Norton
2009
Paperback
194
Library

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