I bought this book because of the impending retirement of the space shuttle orbiter program and I thought this would be a great book to get perspective on the beginnings of our space race. Wow, what an amazing read! The 1960s as an era are fascinating in themselves, but the technology, the resources the dedication of these astronauts is amazing. I loved how the book is written with the launching of Apollo 11 (first moon landing) as stories interweaved through the chronological development of the space race from the early 1960s to the Apollo program and beyond. My wife and I listened to this on a road trip and even she liked it (that in itself should give this book 5 stars). I also found all the aspects of Neil Armstrong's inputs and perspective to be fascinating. What a fascinating individual. Specifically, I found the last chapter of the book to be the most fascinating where Armstrong discusses a concept of world changing events like putting a man on the moon occur when there are peaks in a society (high peak of peace, strong economy, political/social will, & competition?) intersect like they did in the 1960s to produce the space race and the achievement of putting a man on the moon. Probably something we will not see again in our lifetimes.
This was a "good listen" book, however the my only real gripe with it is that most of the book is obviously based upon released or "declassified" real government documents and some of the book is the author's conjecture and or assumptions/assessments. However, because this was an audio book, it was extremely difficult to match up the footnotes or reference materials for the listener to distinguish whether the thoughts were conjecture or released material. I think a more fascinating read would have been a clearly defined summary or redacted or released official classified materials, and then the author's opinion in a later section or prologue. My main beef with the book was the premise that the Roswell incident was Soviet reverse engineered flying saucer that crashed as a “tit for tat” response to American use of former German captured engineers. It is more likely, and actually supported by the author’s thoughts but not formulated, that the craft must have been some sort of US aircraft with some sort of nuclear payload on board, and this was the first US nuclear accident, and the cover up was the military’s way of dealing with incident, clearly because there was no protocols or reaction-plan setup.
Wow. I bought this book because of the whole debate of Iraq and Afghanistan and wanted to see the "behind the scenes" aspects of how this debate was occuring w/ the major power players. What I realized after reading this book is that although our President is a strong leader, charismatic, and seems to assemble alot of smart people around him, he doesn't seem to have an ability to make a decision. He also does not seem to have an ability to understand the intricacies of Washington politics. The fact that he alienated nearly 90% of his senior advisers and cabinet in the first 18 months as president does not bode well for how the rest of this term in going to play out. I tell you what, I am for hope and change, I hope we change presidents in 2012.
(On a non-substance input, I did not like the speaker/voice of the person reading the book, it sounded like somebody trying to do a bad Admiral Mullen impersonation for 10 hours).
This was an amazing book. I am glad this book was written before time steals away all the Kennedy detail agents. After reading the book I downloaded off the internet the Clint Hill / Mike Wallace interviews and nearly cried watching them myself. I first got interested in Kennedy when "JFK" the movie (Costner) came out when I was in high school. My parents where disgusted by the movie and concerned that this history/fiction movie would taint the events and grief and lose objectivity of John Kennedy's death. I must say that until I read this book, I was a strong believer that there must have been some sort of conspiracy. After this book, I don't believe in a conspiracy, just amazed and fascinated on how this event really changed the whole world in ways we will probably never know. Thanks to Jerry Blaine and Clint Hill for writing this book and sharing their personal experiences. Thank god we have people like them still in this world. Clint if you ever read this, your a great man, never doubt that, you inspire me.
I find Simon Sinek to be a fascinating individual. I know that he is also an extremely intelligence person and I feel that he has similiar values and has written a fasctinating book. The real issue I have with the book is that he touts the mantra "start with why", and with about 2 hours left (about 3/4 through) I feel kind of cheated. I feel this way, because I know I must start with why, but I don't have any real way to FIND my why. What is my why? What motivates me? Have I lost it? I know this is not a self help book, I know this is a modern day "Profiles of Courage" kind of book, but I feel like Simon could have taught me something of how to find my why. Mabye it's in the last 2 hours. Mabye, I'll go back to fiction for my morning commute.
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