Colonel Chris Hadfield spent decades training to be an astronaut and has now logged almost 4000 hours in space. There have been some strange times through his journey, such as when using only his Swiss army knife he broke into a space station, disposed of a live snake while at the controls of a plane and was temporarily blinded whilst he was clinging to the outside of an orbiting space craft. The secret of Colonel Hadfield’s success, and his survival, is the unconventional philosophy which he learned from NASA : “prepare for the worst and enjoy every moment of it”. In An Astronaut’s Guide To Life On Earth ($28) Col. Hadfield takes us on the kind of journey most of us only dream about; training to be an astronaut, exploring space and learning how the impossible can be made possible. One of the best books you will ever read, period.