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Challenger Movie

McDonald’s book was used as a secondary source for the BBC movie “Challenger” about Dr. Richard Feynman’s participation on the Presidential Commission on the Challenger Accident; the movie was shown on the Discovery Channel in the United States in 2013.

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Appointed Adjunct Professor at Air Force Test Pilots School

McDonald appointed in 2014 as an Adjunct Professor at the Air Force Test Pilots School at Edwards Air Force Base in California where his book is required reading.

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New York Times Retro Report

McDonald on video of the New York Times Retro Report “Major Malfunction: Lessons from Challenger,” 2014. This documentary has been nominated for an Emmy Award for 2015

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McDonald Included in “Freakonomics”

McDonald’s actions associated with the Space Shuttle Challenger accident recognized in Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner’s best selling book, “Think Like a Freak,” and McDonald participated in a Freakonomics Radio Podcast on June 5, 2014.

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adAstra (Magazine of the National Space Society)

“There is more to this book that will appeal to the amateur engineer and policy-maker in every space enthusiast. Even though we know the cause of the accident, the outcome of the investigation, and the glory of the space shuttle’s return to flight, “Truth, Lies, and O-rings” reads like a thriller novel. But this narrative is true, and it tells […]

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Book News

“An even-handed take on an American aerospace tragedy.”

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Spaceflight

“Whistle-blowing yet rigorous and fair-minded book.”

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Choice

“A major contribution to the literature of the management of technology as well as to the history of the space program.”

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Space Policy

“McDonald argues convincingly that the Challenger accident need not have happened, had his warnings been heeded; therein lies the tragedy.”

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Quest

“There have been many accounts of the circumstances surrounding the loss of the Space Shuttle Challenger on 28 January 1986, but few, if any, give as much of an insider’s view as this book.”

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