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Truth, Lies, and O-Rings: Inside the Space Shuttle Challenger Disaster

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What they didn’t want you to know

"We all watched in shock and disbelief whenChallengerwas lost. Probably no one felt more disappointment and regret than Allan McDonald, who had warned us not to launch that day. His story tells of loss, grief, and the eventual rebuilding and recovery."--Robert "Hoot" Gibson, former Space Shuttle pilot and commander

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Hardcover, 648 pages
Published April 26th 2009 by University Press of Florida
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Jamie
Apr 15, 2012 Jamie marked it as to-read
A testament to one of the greatest case studies on existential risk, Al McDonald's text is one of the most exceptionally documented, detailed and insightful works on the emergence of catastrophic risk produced.

As one who manages enterprise and operational risk in global financial processing, Al's work provides an invaluable illustration into the encroachment of the political into the realm of technical risk. I've yet to encounter a similar work that is so well documented and objective, yet makes...more
Lyn
Jun 02, 2009 Lyn rated it 4 of 5 stars
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My father worked for Morton-Thiokol at the time of the Challenger disaster. While he hasn't read this book yet, he says that this is the person he trusts to tell the truth.

It was great to hear this first-hand account and to compare it to my father's stories and my own memories. I was surprised at how much I actually understood as a child. There were a few surprises, but not many. I guess my father did a good job explaining it all.

Allan McDonald writes like you'd expect an engineer to write. The...more
Christian
I think most of us know the official causes of the Challenger disaster. But this book examines the disaster through one of the engineers aside from Roger Boisjoly that raised concerns about the launch.

While some of the sections are repetitive through the book, because of the technical complexity I find it a necessary evil. Having said that, the book is remarkably easy to read and doesn't have the mish-mosh of TLAs one would expect of engineering and scientific writing. The background, the accid...more
Christopher Prosser
Interesting aspect of the disaster. I liked the first hand accounts of some of the key meetings earlier in the book, but grew tiresome of the authors insistence that his memory is perfectly accurate and everyone else is wrong. Having learned much about the fallibility of human memory, I think there are multiple experiences that happen in any event. I didn't finish the book.
Dustin Gaughran
Reads like a technical manual. If you paid attention to this in 1986, then most of it will be a highly detailed, highly technical recounting of this unfortunate event from the perspective of the ultimate insider. And you'll be reminded once again that this national tragedy could have easily been avoided.
Fred
Behind the scenes view of what took place before, during & after the Challenger disaster. Also set the stage for the Columbia disaster later on. Great read if you want to more than what was fed to us by mainstream media.
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Mark
Reads like my neighbor wrote it and title is verkacht. Much interesting information.
Paul
First half great, second half quite tough going but worth it.
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