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- An Insider's Account of How the Reagan Administration Caused the Greatest Tragedy of the Space Age
- By: Richard C. Cook
- Narrated by: Richard C. Cook
- Length: 22 hrs and 10 mins
The Reagan Administration pushed hard for NASA to launch shuttle mission 51L, before it was ready. 73 seconds into the launch, the shuttle exploded, killing seven people and leaving a nation traumatized. Richard Cook, the lead resource analyst at NASA for the Solid Rocket Boosters (SRBs), was the first to warn of possible catastrophic failure.
Great book, poor sound quality
- By Jeff Scott on 09-28-16
First-rate history of 51-L
If you could sum up Challenger Revealed in three words, what would they be?
An invaluable contribution
What was one of the most memorable moments of Challenger Revealed?
I know a lot about this accident and have read a great deal about it and did not expect to learn much, but I learned a tremendous amount from Mr. Cook's account. This book is not for casual readers, though. The most memorable moment was probably the previously censored transcripts of the Rogers Commission and the context provided.
How could the performance have been better?
The problem with this audiobook is really mediocre production values. The author read it, and he was ok, but there's a lot of audible lip smack and other amateurish distractions in terms of the overall quality.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
Yes, very much so.
Any additional comments?
This is a really valuable first-person account that draws on a lot of primary source material not available elsewhere. Don't be fooled by the sensationalist headline; this is a book for level-headed folks interested in facts. This is not a pop history or 'character driven' account of the Challenger 51-L accident, and it is probably not going to excite many readers who are not engineers/aerospace types/people interested in US Government procedural histories/those looking for something light to listen to in the car. For certain readers, though, this is as good as it gets. Mr. Cook's contribution to the historical record here is invaluable.
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