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Apollo 13 (ISBN: 0618056653) Paperback – 2000


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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Houghton, Mifflin; First Edition Thus edition (2000)
  • ASIN: B002767N4G
  • Product Dimensions: 22.1 x 15.2 x 4.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8,009,413 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Shawade on 16 Nov 2003
Format: Hardcover
Terrific story to tell, great book and well presented. If you saw the Tom Hanks film then this book adds in some of the details and characters that were 'repackaged' for the Hollywood film version. The photos in the middle of the wrecked ship stop you and make you think how lucky these guys were.
Great book, I left my original copy on a flight in China last month and so had to order another... even though I had finished it I know this is one I will come back to again!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 24 Feb 2001
Format: Hardcover
This is am amazing book telling the true story of the Apollo 13 mision, which after a number of serious catastrophes made it back to earth against all the odds. The story is almost unbelieveable, it is amazing that anyone else went into space after this. It also goes to show that the staff on the ground are just as much heros as the astronauts. The authors go into extreme detail about this and previous missions. This book is a must for anyone interested in space flight, and anyone who saw the film and enjoyed it.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Simon Southwell on 2 Dec 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I was too small to remember much of the feelings around the world when the news broke that Apollo 13 had had an explosion onboard, and the crew's safety was in doubt. By all accounts the whole world seemed to hold its collective breath until the command module splashed down.
In this book the inside anxiety of the crew, as well as all at mission control and their contractors is conveyed. It is really a story of how everyone---hundreds, if not thousands of people---pulled together to save the lives of three men, left drifting in space with dangerously low resources. The inventiveness of solving each problem is amazing; and the problems kept mounting. Carbondioxide poisoning, skewed trajectories, no navigation computers, potentially damaged rockets, doubtful heatshield. At each stage the team worked the problem as best they could with inventiveness and true grit; never giving up. The explanation of the accident's cause is as intriguing as the tale itself (glossed over in the film), and serves as warning to all who work on safety critical system.
It is a true American tale---a success in failure, as it showed how America could "organize and measure the best of [thier] energies and skills" as Kennedy said at Rice University.
This collaborative effort between the commander of Apollo 13, Jim Lovell, and Jeff Kluger makes for a terrific read and captures the feeling of the times wonderfully. A tale which is now part of American history.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Emanon on 14 Sep 2009
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The book on which the 1994 film "Apollo 13" was based is a rather wonderful read. Jeffrey Kluger has turned Jim Lovell's fascinating take on the four-and-a-bit days he spent surviving a near catastrophe in the spaceship he commanded into a very entertainingly written book which never falls into swathes of dull technospeak.

Much of the material had to be by necessity compacted or omitted from the screenplay and so it is an enormous pleasure to be able to read the full story "warts and all", including a NASA insider's take on the dreadful Apollo 1 fire and the final report into the events that led up to the failures of the Apollo 13 capsule. Mostly, however, the negatives are not dwelt upon, and it is the successful return of Astronauts Lovell, Swigert and Haise and how that was made possible that is rightly the main focus of this story.

Jim Lovell comes across as a truly level-headed guy and precisely the person you would want as your Commander in a spaceship that's gone wrong a quarter of a million miles from Earth. Some aspects of his life before and after the experiences of 13 - 17 April 1970 are also mentioned, as well as those of his worried Earthbound family at the time, but it is the story of mission itself and the terrific support of those ever-so-clever folk at NASA which grips and fascinates the reader for the bulk of this book.

There is a real sense of Jim Lovell's personal loss at missing his one chance at ever walking on the Moon after all his years of training, but the triumph of the story of their survival against incredible odds will probably outlast that of some of the later Moon missions in the public memory and, after the first lunar landing, in many ways this has become the other iconic story from all the Apollo missions.

A very impressive book indeed.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 14 Feb 2000
Format: Paperback
Reading this book feels like flying with apollo 13, an unbelievable experience. For space enthusiasts and for those who remember that apollo 13 is not just a science fiction film. Jim Lovell was actually aboard!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Foxglove on 6 Feb 2009
Format: Paperback
I was fourteen years old when Apollo 13 was in difficulties and can vividly remember coming home from school and watching the six o'clock news (in black & white) desperate to know they were safe. The relief, everyone felt, when they landed safely. When reading the book I was unable to put it down. It brought the people involved to life and also made me realise how amazing it was that they actually survived. I would recommended this book to everyone. It has the right balance of a personal story and a dramatic but factual account of the voyage.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 14 Oct 2002
Format: Hardcover
This book was thoroughly enjoyable. Lovell et al give us a history of the NASA space program. It tells the story from three different sides. 1) The story of the mission on board the ship 2)From mission control 3) From the point of view of Lovell's wife.
The book does go into technical details but it is all explained in simple in english so the reader is given a real understanding of how NASA worked.
I can strongly recommend this book. Very good.
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