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Wings of Fire by A.P.J. Abdul Kalam
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Jan 03, 2010

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Interesting book on several levels. First, as a biography of Kalam: a Muslim in India with humble beginnings as an engineer who eventually led the rocket and missle development efforts of the country. Kalam maintains a spiritual base as he heads the mainly military and nationalistic projects therein. Never deals with any conflicts between his spirituality and the military nature of his work, nor the conflict of being a Muslim in a Hindu dominated country. This is a disappointment as his perspective would have been very interesting to hear. The book is at its best when Kalam discusses individul motivation and project management. Was a great contrast with "Rocket Men" in that the timeline in India follwed US development by a decade, had a much smaller scope than the Apollo program, and dealt with massive resource deprivations.
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