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    Doctor, dad, astronaut, proud Canadian ... Dave Williams can now add author to his list of titles with this heartwarming and inspiring book that chronicles his amazing life. As a Canadian and child of the 1950s, this book was, for me, a walk through my life. Like most kids my age, I have vivid memories of watching the early space launches and wondering what it would be like to be an astronaut. Williams marks watching Alan Shepard's Freedom 7 flight at home with his parents as a pivotal moment in his life, but most of us have variations on that memory, whether it was watching on an old, grainy black and white TV at home or being herded into the gymnasium at school to watch those launches in breathless anticipation with our friends and classmates. From that pivotal moment in 1961 through playing in the creek out back, successes and failures at school, doctoring in Toronto, winning one of those few, coveted positions in the Canadian astronaut competition through training and his various missions, both above the earth and below the sea, Williams takes us through his life with a candor and a warmth that makes us feel like we're along for the ride. He explains what happened and what he did in plain,, simple terms, avoiding the tendency so many specialists have to descend into techno-speak that leaves all but the most knowledgeable struggling to keep up. Defying Limits is an amazing book. If you're looking for a gift for Canadian or a space geek or a child of the 1950s, this is a book I can almost guarantee they will love ... and while you're picking up that book copy, buy an extra one for yourself because Dave Williams story is one everybody should know.
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