Eccentric Orbits

Impeccably researched and wonderfully told, Eccentric Orbits is a rollicking, unforgettable tale of technological achievement, business failure, the military-industrial complex, and one of the greatest deals of all time. “Deep reporting ...

Eccentric Orbits

“Good corporate drama . . . an enlightening narrative of how new communications infrastructures often come about.” —The Economist, “A Book of the Year 2016” In the early 1990s, Motorola developed a revolutionary satellite system called Iridium that promised to be its crowning achievement. Its constellation of 66 satellites in polar orbit was a mind-boggling technical accomplishment, surely the future of communication. The only problem was that Iridium the company was a commercial disaster. Only months after launching service, it was $11 billion in debt, burning through $100 million a month and crippled by baroque rate plans and agreements that forced calls through Moscow, Beijing, Fucino, Italy, and elsewhere. Bankruptcy was inevitable—the largest to that point in American history. And when no real buyers seemed to materialize, it looked like Iridium would go down as just a “science experiment.” That is, until Dan Colussy got a wild idea. Colussy, a former head of Pan-Am now retired and working on his golf game in Palm Beach, heard about Motorola’s plans to “de-orbit” the system and decided he would buy Iridium and somehow turn around one of the biggest blunders in the history of business. Impeccably researched and wonderfully told, Eccentric Orbits is a rollicking, unforgettable tale of technological achievement, business failure, the military-industrial complex, and one of the greatest deals of all time. “Deep reporting put forward with epic intentions . . . a story that soars and jumps and dives and digresses . . . [A] big, gutsy, exciting book.” —The Wall Street Journal, “A Top 10 Nonfiction Book of 2016” “Spellbinding . . . A tireless researcher, Bloom delivers a superlative history . . . A tour de force.” —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

Evidence of Love

Adapted into the Emmy and Golden Globe Award–winning television movie A Killing in a Small Town, this chilling tale of sin and savagery will “fascinate true crime aficionados” (Kirkus Reviews).

Evidence of Love

Edgar Award Finalist: The “sensational” true story of two desperate housewives and the killing that shocked a Texas community (Los Angeles Times Book Review). Candy Montgomery and Betty Gore had a lot in common: They sang together in the Methodist church choir, their daughters were best friends, and their husbands had good jobs working for technology companies in the north Dallas suburbs known as Silicon Prairie. But beneath the placid surface of their seemingly perfect lives, both women simmered with unspoken frustrations and unanswered desires. On a hot summer day in 1980, the secret passions and jealousies that linked Candy and Betty exploded into murderous rage. What happened next is usually the stuff of fiction. But the bizarre and terrible act of violence that occurred in Betty’s utility room that morning was all too real. Based on exclusive interviews with the Montgomery Gore and families, Evidence of Love is the riveting account of a gruesome tragedy and the trial that made national headlines when the defendant entered the most unexpected of pleas: not guilty by reason of self-defense (Fort Worth Star-Telegram). Adapted into the Emmy and Golden Globe Award–winning television movie A Killing in a Small Town, this chilling tale of sin and savagery will “fascinate true crime aficionados” (Kirkus Reviews).

A Telephone for the World

Iridium, Motorola, and the Making of a Global Age Martin Collins, Martin J. Collins
. Anderson, Perry. The Origins of Postmodernity. London: Verso ... Eccentric
Orbits: The Iridium Story. New York: Atlantic Monthly, 2016. Boltanski, Luc, and
Eve ...

A Telephone for the World

The first book to tell the story of Iridium in this context, A Telephone for the World is a fascinating look at how people, nations, and corporations across the world grappled in different ways with the meaning of a new historical era.

Dawn of the Code War

... Report,” Ars Technica, September 3, 2007, arstechnica.com/information-
technology/2007/09/chinese-military-accused-of-hacking-pentagoncomputers/.
12. John Bloom, Eccentric Orbits: The Iridium Story (Atlantic Monthly Press, 2016)
, 117.

Dawn of the Code War

The inside story of how America's enemies launched a cyber war against us-and how we've learned to fight back With each passing year, the internet-linked attacks on America's interests have grown in both frequency and severity. Overmatched by our military, countries like North Korea, China, Iran, and Russia have found us vulnerable in cyberspace. The "Code War" is upon us. In this dramatic book, former Assistant Attorney General John P. Carlin takes readers to the front lines of a global but little-understood fight as the Justice Department and the FBI chases down hackers, online terrorist recruiters, and spies. Today, as our entire economy goes digital, from banking to manufacturing to transportation, the potential targets for our enemies multiply. This firsthand account is both a remarkable untold story and a warning of dangers yet to come.

The Story of the Heavens

Distance from Earth , 188 . Eccentricity of Orbit , 182 . Elements of , 539 . Gravity
on , 190 . Ice on , 189 . Inner Satellite , 193 . Life on , 190 . like Betelgeuze , 181 .
Mass of , 533 . Opposition of , 181 . Orbit of , 181 . Outer Satellite , 193 . Period of
 ...

The Story of the Heavens


Jim Kobak s Kirkus Reviews

This stratum is a thin iridium - rich clay layer that marks a boundary between
geological periods . ... Nemesis ” -a postulated brown dwarf - star that might be
earth's companion , far far away , encircling earth in a particularly eccentric orbit .
... Lawyer Gould tells the story in detail , great detail , in his profusely illustrated
book .

Jim Kobak s Kirkus Reviews


The Griffith Observer

All this was briefly noted in Sky & Telescope in September, 1978°, but since then
the story has attracted very little notice. ... After the finding of a high-iridium-
content layer in rocks in widespread locations, correlated with the relatively
sudden disappearance of the dinosaurs, the idea that the extinction ... Its
retrograde, eccentric orbit and non-synchronous rotation strongly suggest that it's
a captured object.

The Griffith Observer


Geologica Carpathica

Another, volcanic hypothesis tried to explain the anomalous iridium
concentrations in the K/T boundary layer by their deriving from effusive sources.
... red dwarf, no more than three light years distant) circling its eccentric orbit (
each 26 Ma) and attracting comets from the outer limit ... Although the PEMEX
sample repository was burnt out in 1983, the story was not forgotten, New
provisional results of Alan ...

Geologica Carpathica


Scientific American

Since then the finding and below the plane of the galaxy showers of comets into
the inner solar that an iridium anomaly exists at many drives the ... oceditorials in
the New York Times and event proposed by the Berkeley work - cur at intervals of
about 33 million a cover story in Time magazine . ... The companion would
currently lie at a distance of several light - years , but its orbit would be eccentric .

Scientific American


Schaum s Outline of Theory and Problems of Zoology

The combined effects may have accounted for much extinction , but there may be
still more to the story ( see Questions 4.23-4.25 ) . ... This clay is rich in iridium ,
an element common in meteorites but almost lacking in the earth's crust . ... it may
have a small companion star ( already dubbed “ Nemesis ” ) with an orbit so
eccentric that it passes through the solar system only once in 26 million years ,
towing ...

Schaum s Outline of Theory and Problems of Zoology


Astronomy

Astronomy

Offers an examination of the overall astronomical universe and looks at how astronomers think about the cosmos

The Planetary Report

But there are SOme severe difficulties with this hypothesis because of the large
orbit required to account for the very long ... companion star, jocularly called the "
Death Star," has a long enough lifetime and an orbit stable enough and eccentric
... A modest Search has been made for an iridium anomaly at this boundary, so
far withOut success. ... Impacts could turn out to be a minor part of the story of
evolution, or they could be a driving force in speciation (the evolution of new
species).

The Planetary Report


The Literary Review

As our solar sys– tem matured, chance collisions between the asteroids caused
them to spiral into chaotic orbits and crash into planets. ... For one eccentric
teenage Roman emperor, Elagabalus, there was majestic glory in a meteorite
that had fallen into the Syrian desert. ... Nield deftly links the two with the story of
the great Luis Alvarez (1911–88), who had worked on the Manhattan project,
witnessed ... The clay was rich in iridium, a rare element that is imported to Earth
by asteroids.

The Literary Review


The Encyclopedia Britannica

The story of Troilus and Cressida (Caxton, Chaucer, Shakespeare, etc.) is
entirely ... Gold and osmiridium are found in the district, and salt is worked. ... and
its eccentricity #—much larger than the corresponding elements of Jupiter's orbit.

The Encyclopedia Britannica


Astronomy Now

The gripping story of the former Director of the Soviet 1 Space Research Institute .
... of satellite orbits undertaken by the Royal Aircraft Establishment at
Farnborough since 1957 . ... I am not personally happy about the idea of the 65 -
million - years ago collision which eliminated the dinosaurs ( there is no excess
iridium in the rocks laid down at the time of the earlier ... He was , in fact , a
religious eccentric , and the fact that scientists were annoyed was purely because
his first book was ...

Astronomy Now