SPACE by James A. Michener, published by Random House of New York, 1982, 1st edition, hardcover. This book is in reasonable to good condition, with some wear to the hardcover, the binding is a little bent from the previous owner reading the novel, but pages are quite clean, see photos for detailed condition.
"Space is a fictionalized history of the United States space program, with a particular emphasis on manned spaceflight. Michener writes in a semi-documentary style. The topics explored in the novel include naval warfare in the Pacific, air combat in the Korean War, test pilot life at 'Pax River', astronaut selection and training, the role of the media in promoting the space program as a national achievement, and the development of the Gemini and Apollo spacecraft, the rise of the military-industrial complex and the evolution of NACA into NASA."
Industry reviews "By shuffling together real people and events (Werner von Braun, LBJ), and fictional ones (topped by an imaginary Apollo 18 trip to the far side of the moon), Michener has caught the essence of what motivated and then enfeebled our space program." National Review - Jack Kirwan (05/27/1983)
"'Space' contrasts several varieties of faith, from the simplistic faith of the German rocket engineer who believes that technology can solve any problem, to the faith of the astronauts who believe that flying farther and faster is the greatest good in the world." Washington Post Book World - Ben Bova
"'Space' is less a historical novel than a tract. In part, it is a celebration of space exploration as a glorious blend of science, American frontiersmanship, and human curiosity. But more than that, it's an impassioned denunciation of what Michener considers one of the gravest dangers facing post-Vietnam America: the proliferation of an anti-science movement." Nation - Michael L. Smith
Good read for those interested in space fact and fiction, as it blends the two to create a commentary.
Item ID: 002177