As America's Mercury Seven astronauts were launched on death-defying missions, television cameras focused on the brave smiles of their young wives. Overnight, these women were transformed from military spouses into American royalty. They had tea with Jackie Kennedy, appeared on the cover of Life magazine, and quickly grew into fashion icons.
Annie Glenn, with her picture-perfect marriage, was the envy of the other wives; platinum-blonde Rene Carpenter was proclaimed JFK's favorite; and licensed pilot Trudy Cooper arrived on base with a secret. Together with the other wives they formed the Astronaut Wives Club, meeting regularly to provide support and friendship. Many became next-door neighbors and helped to raise each other's children by day, while going to glam parties at night as the country raced to land a man on the Moon.
As their celebrity rose - and as divorce and tragic death began to touch their lives - they continued to rally together, and the wives have now been friends for more than fifty years. The Astronaut Wives Club tells the real story of the women who stood beside some of the biggest heroes in American history.
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©2013 Lily Koppel (P)2013 Hachette Audio
Loved the book, loved the mini-series. I want to learn more and more about these women and their husbands.
First of all, too many characters. Even at the very few chapter, I couldn't keep track of all. But at least the story was well done but a bit confusing and about every paragraph would another story. Overall the plot was good and I cam recommend it to anyone.
The stories an interesting, but the quick mentions of the names, particularly as the group grew made it hard to follow in audia. Perhaps the conventional book format would be better.
Very informative book that chronicled the story of our early space program. A lot of previously unknown information. I would recommend it although it was difficult to follow who was who outside of the original Mercury 7 wives.
I really liked this book. I love stories about the Mercury/Gemini/Apollo astronauts and anything about the 50s and 60s. This book tells the story of the wives and their experiences and I think it was a great perspective. Some of the revelations are unexpected but not surprising if you think about it. I liked the narrator for the most part. Her voice was good for the subject matter. Great listen!
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