I was rummaging through a surplus book store and found a copy of the Timothy Ferris book "Seeing In the Dark". This is the companion to the PBS Channel program that ran in 2007. The book chronicles the changing landscape of amateur astronomy around the world, how astronomy has played a part in his life, and an overview of the universe. The style is reminiscent of Carl Sagan at his best. It dredged up memories of my youth and what drew me to enjoy the hobby over the years.
The book and a DVD of the show are still available through PBS. I know copies are available at many AV Centers of local libraries. I'm sure you will enjoy this chronicle about our hobby, as I did.
Mr. Ferris has a web site at:
Public Broadcasting has a site at:
Clear Sky - Rich