Space Author:James A. Michener Covers the times from WWII when Germany was ahead of everyone with rocket technology but using it destructively, and German rocket scientists were prime targets by Russia and America, to be stopped before they could develop long range rockets, which later day became the ICBMs and thus the space age was ignited. Very good reading both for the st... more »ories of the men and women in the U.S. space program from before its inception to after APOLLO 13 and for sheer education in U.S. history.« less
One of his best that I've read so far. Takes one through the WWII years in Germany up to almost the shuttle space program with many insights about our search for meaning in the universe. Lots of adventure and close calls, so it's more than just a scholarly dissertation, in fact Michener never writes anything "dully". Just finished 'Hawaii' and before that last year, 'The Drifters' and before that a mammoth book / story like Hawaii called 'Alaska'. Have your dictionary handy, this author has been around the world many times.