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Fighting for Space: Two Pilots and Their Historic Battle for Female Spaceflight

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AN AMAZON BEST BOOK OF THE MONTH

Spaceflight historian Amy Shira Teitel tells the riveting story of the female pilots who each dreamed of being the first American woman in space.


When the space age dawned in the late 1950s, Jackie Cochran held more propeller and jet flying records than any pilot of the twentieth century-man or woman. She had led the Women's Auxiliary
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Hardcover, 448 pages
Published February 18th 2020 by Grand Central Publishing
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Meg - A Bookish Affair
Feb 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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4.5 stars. "Fighting for Space" is a fantastic non-fiction story about two intrepid female pilots in a race to become the first female astronaut. Jackie Cochran came from nothing and pushed herself to make a name as a pilot. She pushed to get female pilots to become part of the war effort during World War II. She wants to continue to push for what she wants even if the world is against her. Jerrie Cobb has been flying since she was a little girl. With a lot of support from her family, she feels ...more
Merrick
Feb 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
As gripping as it is informational and controversial, Amy’s action-packed nonfiction narrative reads like a real life Forrest Gump meets Ford vs Ferrari, only the protagonist, Jackie Cochran, is a legendary, badass pilot — the best, most record-holding pilot in the 20th century, male or female. She was the first female to pilot a bomber overseas, founder of the Woman’s Air Force Service Pilots (WASPs), first woman to break the sound barrier, and eventually rose to the ranks of colonel. That’s a ...more
Jess
Feb 15, 2020 rated it liked it
Let me say before I begin that I am grateful to Libro.fm for the advanced review audio copy. I was delighted by Amy Shira Teitel's narration. This is a fascinating story told with passion and enthusiasm. It will have large popular appeal due to the creative non-fiction approach.

My only issues with this well-researched and well-presented book are as follows:
a) The narrative is incredibly heteronormative. There are so many examples of "women do this, men do that" logic that perpetuate an outdated
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Hugo Toledo
Feb 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I’m still early in the book but it is excellent! In addition to the first person recollections provided by the space historian author–known for her YouTube page, The Vintage Space, and frequent tweets on space and other topics–there are pictures of letters from and for the principals of the historical accounts, none of which I’d seen published before.

As with any good historical account, I am learning about far more than just the primary subjects’ experiences; I’ve learned much more about my
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Amy Shira Teitel is an American-Canadian author, popular science writer, spaceflight historian, YouTuber, and podcaster, best known for writing the books Breaking the Chains of Gravity and Fighting for Space. She's also hosts the popular YouTube channel The Vintage Space (previously Vintage Space).