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by Colin Burgess,Paul Haney,Francis French

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ISBN: 080322639X
Author: Colin Burgess,Paul Haney,Francis French
Language: English
Publisher: Bison Books (September 1, 2009)
Pages: 440
Category: Engineering
Subcategory: Engineering
Rating: 4.3
Votes: 323
Size Fb2: 1987 kb
Size ePub: 1941 kb
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It was a time of bold new technology, historic moments, and international jousting on the final frontier. But it was also a time of human drama, of moments less public but no less dramatic in the lives of those who made the golden age of space flight happen. These are the moments and the lives that Into That Silent Sea captures, a book that tells the intimate stories of the men and women, American and Russian, who made the space race their own and gave the era its compelling character. These pages chronicle a varied and riveting cavalcade of human stories, including a look at Yuri Gagarin’s harrowing childhood in war-ravaged Russia and Alan Shepard’s firm purchase on the American dream. It also examines the controversial career of cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova, the first woman in space, and the remarkable struggle and ultimate disappointment of her American counterparts. It tries to uncover the truth behind the allegations that shadowed Gus Grissom and Scott Carpenter and then allows the reader to share the heart-stopping suspense of Alexei Leonov’s near-fatal first space walk. Through dozens of interviews and access to Russian and American official documents and family records, the authors bring to life the experiences that shaped the lives of the first astronauts and cosmonauts and forever changed their world and ours. 

Comments:

Contancia
I hadn't thought about space in a long time. After an initial childhood enthusiasm for the the nine planets, my main impressions of space travel were based on the sadness I felt, at age 10, writing letters of condolence to the McAuliffe family with my fifth grade class. I also remember watching the 90s TV show, Northern Exposure, and hearing the character Maurice throw around names like Shepard, Cooper, and Grissom. This didn't make them real people for me, and didn't particularly spark my interest.

This book changed all that, with a vengeance! In the biographical accounts of these astronauts and cosmonauts, I found myself confronted with characters I simply couldn't dismiss-- real people with fascinating life stories (especially the cosmonauts), who took unthinkable risks to make unprecedented discoveries. I got a strong sense of what each person was about, what drove him or her, and I grew to feel quite an affection for four in particular (Titov, Popovich, Carpenter, and Wally Funk. Oh, Wally Funk! She's marvelous).

I was drawn in by the set-up of the chapters, which alternate smoothly between the American astronauts and Soviet cosmonauts. As stated, the cosmonauts held slightly more fascination for me (with the exception of Funk), but there is not a dull page in the book. Suspense is masterfully built up. At times I began to experience the more dangerous moments a little too vividly, and had to remember to breathe!

Non-fiction books rarely affect me so. Perhaps this is due to the approachable, warm, no-nonsense writing by Francis French and Colin Burgess. It is a collaboration, yet speaks with one consistent voice.

I'm sure this book is great for people who already have a love for the history of space travel. Even more, though, I'd recommend it for readers like me: those who need to be reminded how interested they once were and, when it comes down to it, still are.
Dibei
"Into that Silent Sea" is the first part of a definitive pair of books on the "Space Race" between the U.S. and Russia, this one covering the 1961-1965 period. What distiguishes and elevates this (these) book(s) from many other very well written novels on this singular period of time in human history is how the story unfolds. What evolves is an intricate dance of tales told from the perspective of the people, Russian and American, that were involved on all levels of these historic endeavors. Individuals are introduced with each new lap run in the race to the Moon and their stories are told in rich and caring detail. Ultimately, the 'Moon Race' was a story about humans performing extraordinary feats on an intellectual and physical level under extraordinary (and not always the best) conditions. The authors take you back to this time and give the context to show why the motivations and stakes were so high. This makes for very exciting and informative reading, for both the historical and space history aficionados. *Highly* recommended. The best part, you're only half way through the story and next up is the just as wonderful "In the Shadow of the Moon"...
Rolorel
An absolutely wonderful book! I have read a good portion of astronaut biographies and autobiographies so I consider myself well versed in the subject. While reading this book, I learned things and heard stories that were new to me. I especially enjoyed reading about the Soviet Cosmonauts--especially about Gagarin, Titov and Leonov.

Much of what I have read has been focused around Apollo but it was nice to read more about Mercury and the brave astronauts who flew in that spacecraft.

A great companion to In the Shadow of the Moon. Highly recommended!
Bladecliff
So I'll skip the part about the French/Burgess combo because everyone probably knows by now that anything these guys put their name on, we should all be reading. To go back to the review I wrote for 'In the Shadow of the Moon,' I mentioned that sometimes when reading a bunch of books on any particular topic, a certain amount of repetition is expected... About 90% of this book was new to me. Granted, this is only the 33rd book I've read on human spaceflight so obviously there is plenty of info I've yet to cover.

Some highlights for me:
-the Soviet program chapters. I actually started caring about these guys even more than I had before. Reading about their early lives, learning where exactly they came from and how they came up, drawing similarities and differences between them and our earliest astronauts... And especially finding out at the end of the day, most of them were just fly by the seat of their pants, jet fuel in their veins, fighter jocks just like our guys were.

-the Lovelace testing for women. Now this I had heard of, but I definitely did not know how deep it went or who the big names in the movement were. Incredibly interesting.

-early Soviet aerospace medicine vs. NASA flight surgeons. If Deke Slayton were born in Ukraine instead of Wisconsin, studied/flew at Zhukovsky instead of Edwards, became a cosmonaut instead of an astronaut, but still had that same atrial fibrillation, he would have probably been cleared to fly Vostok, Voshkod, or Soyuz.

So that's just a few. But of course, for those of you who have not read this book on the early American and Soviet programs, definitely pick it up!

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