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From: Hudson, MA
Registered: Jul 2005

posted 04-26-2007 11:54 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Paul78zephyr     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I just started reading "The Space Shuttle Decision: 1965-1972" by T. Heppenheimer (2002). It seems well written and very in-depth. Ive only started but it seems to go off on some tangential subjects but I suppose its hard to know how much context/perspective is needed to really tell the story. Anyone else read it?


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posted 04-27-2007 02:19 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Gilbert   Click Here to Email Gilbert     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I read it 3 or 4 years ago. I remember that the book was difficult to read and a little dry, but informative. The convoluted political process the shuttle program endured is what I remember most.

Dwayne Day

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posted 04-30-2007 08:35 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Dwayne Day   Click Here to Email Dwayne Day     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'll confess to not reading it, but I have used it as reference and found it less useful than I had hoped. Heppenheimer is a quirky guy (to say the least). Some of his magazine articles are outstanding, and at times he has a great ability to turn a phrase. With the two shuttle books, however, I thought he was not at his best.

I found the footnoting/referencing to be rather weak. It was hard to track down specific information in the books. I also thought that he had a very superficial account of the military role and interest in the shuttle.

But I acknowledge that I tend to use books differently than the general public. I often use them as references and I am therefore very interested in details and accuracy and concerned that a claim made in a book can be traced to a specific source.


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posted 04-30-2007 10:03 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cspg   Click Here to Email cspg     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It's a tough read. I started reading a couple of years ago but didn't finish mainly because there are so many issues involved...But I'll pick it up again once I can get focused on this book only (and the second volume). English not being my mother tongue didn't help.



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From: Hudson, MA
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posted 04-30-2007 11:27 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Paul78zephyr     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It has good info, it just seems to me that it covers too many subjects in the cause of trying to give perspective. He has an entire chapter on the aerospace industry recession of the early 70s where he goes into great detail overe the entire Lockheed L-1011/Rolls Royce RB-211 debacle. Intersting, but what really did it have to do with the space shuttle?

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