Truth, Lies, and O-Rings: Inside the Space Shuttle <i>Challenger</i> Disaster
On a cold January morning in 1986, NASA launched the Space Shuttle Challenger, despite warnings against doing so by many individuals, including Allan McDonald. The fiery destruction of Challenger on live television moments after launch remains an indelible image in the nation’s collective memory.
In Truth, Lies, and O-Rings, McDonald, a skilled engineer and executive,...more
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 ...more
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. ...more
The good - It's detailed. To a fault. McDonald was there for most of what happened before and after the disaster, and so the details are covered in-depth. I really feel McDonald omitted nothing ...more
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
Second, it is extremely technical. I don't think ...more
McDonald seems to have written a book more "for the records" than for ...more
I'm for space exploration as much as the next guy, but NASA...... I'm glad they're not flying ...more
Well worth reading if you are at all interested in the United States "reach for the stars"
The Challenger disaster was so tragic and sadly it was totally avoidable. McDonald's book details the failings of NASA and Morton Thiokol to prevent the preventable, resulting in the deaths of seven astronauts in a fiery explosion, witnessed by families on the ground and ...more
I fully enjoyed hearing this story from the man himself with exact ...more
If you're a space techno geek and want to really understand the problems Challenger faced and the misguided decision to launch that fateful day, this is a book for you.
Al McDonald became the most hated man by NASA and Morton Thiokol management in the aftermath of Challenger. McDonald who raised concerns about the Orings for over a year was the first to tell the world what the inner dialog between NASA and its contractor MTI was like the night before the launch.
I found the book to be highly informative and a compelling read at times. As at least one of the other reviewers pointed out this book has a highly technical slant that could leave many readers in the dark. Also I found that some material was repetitive as if the author anticipated you picking up the book in the middle.