The Astronaut Wives Club

The Astronaut Wives Club

A True Story

Downloadable Audiobook - 2013
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As America's Mercury Seven astronauts were launched on death-defying missions, television cameras focused on the brave smiles of their young wives. Overnight, these women were transformed from military spouses into American royalty. They had tea with Jackie Kennedy, appeared on the cover of Life magazine, and quickly grew into fashion icons.Annie Glenn, with her picture-perfect marriage, was the envy of the other wives; platinum-blonde Rene Carpenter was proclaimed JFK's favorite; and licensed pilot Trudy Cooper arrived on base with a secret. Together with the other wives they formed the Astronaut Wives Club, meeting regularly to provide support and friendship. Many became next-door neighbors and helped to raise each other's children by day, while going to glam parties at night as the country raced to land a man on the Moon.As their celebrity rose-and as divorce and tragic death began to touch their lives-they continued to rally together, and the wives have now...
Publisher: New York : Grand Central Publishing, 2013
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9781478926870

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jquick99
Nov 29, 2017

The book [and thus audio] is lightweight and short [approx 8 hours].

I recommend getting this in book form, instead of audio....assuming the book has lots of pictures. I had a hard time remembering which woman was which, and know that if I had the book, when each one was described, I would look at her photo and put a face with a name and husband.

And just when I thought I got to know who was who on a high level, in comes more wives.

Side Note: The author really doesn't like LBJ. I sure wish political bias was taken out of books, especially when the commentary doesn't have any thing to do with the topic of the book. [AND odd since LBJ was a supporter of NASA programs.]

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szarnstorff
Oct 31, 2013

I enjoy history but it would have been much more interesting if told from the point of view of one astronaut's wife instead of trying to cover all of them.

mmg2681 Jul 12, 2013

I really enjoyed this book. I'm not one who typically enjoys science, but it was interesting to hear about how the wives of astronauts lived and what they went through as their husbands went into space.

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