Wings of Fire: An Autobiography (Abridged, Special Student Edition with Exercises)
A P J Abdul Kalam
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APJ Abdul Kalam's autobiography depicts an extraordinary life: a child born into a little-educated family of boat-owners in Rameswaram---a small pilgrim town in Tamilnadu---who grew up to lead India's space research and missile development programmes, and emerged as one of the most important scientist-leaders of our time.

Wings of Fire is a powerful story of courage and belief, as much an individual journey as the saga of independent India's search for scientific and technological self-sufficiency. This simplified and abridged version now makes Dr Kalam's inspirational story accessible to all readers.

A comprehensive glossary provides help in the understanding of technical terms. This Special Student Edition contains Exercises.  

APJ Abdul Kalam was born in 1931 to a little-educated family of boat-owners in Rameswaram, Tamilnadu. He went on to have an unparalleled career as a scientist in India, culminating in the receipt of India's higher civilian award, the Bharat Ratna. As mission director in the launch of SLV-3, India's first satellite launch vehicle, and later, as chief of the country's defence research and development programme, he realised the potential for dynamism and innovation in India's research establishments. This is as much the story of Dr. Kalam's own rise from obscurity and hist personal and professional struggles, as it is the saga of independent India's struggle for self-reliance in defence technology. Dr. Kalam was sworn in as the eleventh President of India on 25 July 2002.

Strong Roots

  1. Early Influences
  2. Education Provides a Solid Foundation
  3. Preparing to Start a Career
    Exercises for Chapter 1 – 4
  4. Work Begins in Earnest
  5. From Hovercraft to Rockets
  6. Adding Momentum to Space Research
  7. Balancing Defense Technology with Space Research
    Exercises for Chapters 5-8
  8. Dreaming of Satellites
  9. The End of an Era
  10. Leading a Team
  11. Dear ones Pass On
    Exercises for Chapters 9 – 12
  12. Work Bring Solace
  13. Setbacks, Failures and Friends
  14. Success at Last
  15. Moving On
    Exercises for Chapters 13 – 16
  16. A New Job and a Wedding
  17. Making Our Own Missiles
  18. An Infusion of Young Blood
  19. About Motivation and Working Well
    Exercises for Chapters 17- 20
  20. Earth to Fire : Prithvi to Agni
  21. The Fire of Success: Recognition and Love
  22. Sharing Insights
  23. Looking Ahead
    Exercises for Chapters 21- 24
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