Book Reviews

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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Florida Historical Quarterly

“Recounts the decision to launch Challenger, the investigation of the accident, and the return of the shuttle to space flight. McDonald’s book is, like the shuttle itself, a massive, complex, and fascinating work.”

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A Popular Mechanics Best Book of 2009

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Selected for Gardner-Lasser Aerospace History Literature Award

Truth, Lies, and O-rings has been selected by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics to receive the 2011 Gardner-Lasser Aerospace History Literature Award for the best original contribution to the field of aeronautical or astronautical historical non-fiction literature published in the last five years dealing with the science, technology, and/or impact of aeronautics and astronautics on society.

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Truth, Lies, and O-rings finalist for 2009 Emme Astronautical Literature Award

Truth, Lies, and O-rings has been chosen by the American Astronautical Society as a finalist for the 2009 Eugene M. Emme Astronautical Literature Award

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