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Apollo 13 Paperback – February 20, 2006
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This book is an incredible story about science, space, and human perseverance. It is one of my favorite books of all time and one that I will re-read for years to come. I highly, highly recommend this book!
If you liked the movie, or enjoy reading about the space program, this book is excellent and authentic. I didn't give it the fifth star due to the technical terms I couldn't understand.
Anyway, to the book. It tells the story of the Apollo 13 mission from Lovell's perspective interspersed with other anecdotes about Lovell's NASA and Naval career. There are other chapters shown from the perspective of other people involved in the mission, such as John Aaron (everyone's favourite "Steely Eyed Missile Man") and Ken Mattingly. The Apollo 13 sections in particular give a real sense of being there alongside Lovell, Haise and Swigert. You can imagine yourself floating alongside them as they try to figure out the way home.
My only complaint is that I wanted the book to delve more into the technical details, much of the dialog is pulled directly from the NASA transcripts but is short on details. Still, that's a small complaint and this is a must read for anyone who is interested in the Apollo era.
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I think especially if you lived through those 4 days in 1970 when the world held its breath for the crippled mission you may well find this a great read.
There is also a chapter at the end which is a must-read for those who need to understand why it happened. This section is much more detailed than the film and charts all the contributory errors leading up to the explosion of the oxygen tank.
Recommended for those who are interested in going deeper than the excellent Apollo 13 film.
The story is well known from the film, this book fills in all the missing historical aspects & tops up the known facts with plenty of in depth, behind the scenes details to build a much bigger, clearer picture.
The story is gripping, despite knowing how it ends it still rolls along at pace leaving you wanting to read on.
A feel for all the main characters & roles soon builds up, giving the reader a much more fulfilled story to work through.