[A] pacey business book... It's worth reading not just for the wild ride that involves secretive Saudi Sheikhs, plucky terrorists, never-say-die businessmen and Bill Clinton, but also as a reminder of how vast businesses can be vastly dumb, how much success is down to good fortune and why if you have tech stocks in your pension fund you'd better make sure that they are the right ones... A thrilling boom-to-bust corporate drama. The sooner someone turns it into a film starring Bradley Cooper as Colussy, the better.
The Sunday Times
A prize-worthy example of the investigative genre... John Bloom has achieved in Eccentric Orbits an admirable balance of the human and the technological in what is at hear an age-old tale of one man's triumph against apparently insuperable odds.
An inspiring history as well as an effective business thriller.
Eccentric Orbits not only offers good corporate drama, but it is an enlightening narrative of how new communications infrastructures often come about: with a lot of luck, government help and investors who do not ask too many questions.
Eccentric Orbits is a remarkable work. I had known about Iridium but not about its fascinating history. John Bloom's writing style is attractive and the level of detail is astonishing. This was a page-turner for me!
Vint Cerf, Chief Internet Evangelist, Google
Eccentric Orbits is both a novelistic thriller and a cautionary tale, a page-turner about a reach for the heavens and a business primer on a near-fatal fall back to the earth.
Julian Guthrie, author of THE BILLIONAIRE AND THE MECHANIC
Impeccably researched, and in smooth, easy prose, John Bloom interweaves fascinating historical trivia about the space race, satellites, and global communications with detail-filled personality snapshots and cringingly revealing, often disturbingly humorous, insights about the many ways big business can shoot itself in the foot.
John Brewer, former president and editor-in-chief, New York Times Syndicate and News Service