Towards the end of a highly laudatory review by Max Hastings of The Guns at Last Light by Rick Anderson (The Wall Street Journal, May 11), a monumental military history of the U.S. role in WW2, there is this paragraph:
“The last weeks of the European war were anti-climactic because the Russians were going to get to Berlin first. Patton disgraced himself by dispatching an armored column behind enemy lines to rescue his son-in-law in a POW camp at Hammelburg. This fiasco cost scores of lives, but Eisenhower could not bear to sack a commander so close to victory.”
From The London Times of May 13, the day Chris Hadfield returned to earth from the International Space Station:
At the dawn of the space race it was enough for an astronaut to be fearless. Almost too late for the age of human space flight, Commander Chris Hadfield of the Canadian Space Agency has raised the bar. He has been singing, strumming, tweeting like crazy, brushing his teeth to the Flight of the Bumble Bee, weeping fake tears (to show what microgravity does to them)….
If 800,000 Twitter followers are anything to go by, he has rekindled for a post-Apollo generation a simple fascination with astronauts and outer space.