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Rocket Men by Robert Kurson
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really liked it
bookshelves: 2019

I loved Kurson's Shadow Divers and he does for space in this book what he did for the deep sea in that one. I loved learning more about this possibly overlooked and underrated mission to space that was arguably more important than Apollo 11 - really!

My only complaint is that I wanted more. He hints at the Russians' reactions to key events but I would have loved more of a deep dive there. (Oh, and the hints show that the Russians were extremely gracious losers, even in the face of some obnoxious, if hard-earned, "USA! USA!" stuff.) Kurson also contextualizes this mission in the Year of Dissent that was 1968 but only from the perspective of these straight-laced engineers. What did the Dissenters think of this space stuff?

So there's another half of a book that's not here, but what is here is pretty much spellbinding!

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August 18, 2019 – Finished Reading
August 19, 2019 – Shelved
August 19, 2019 – Shelved as: 2019

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