on 11 January 2012
This is a good account of the Space Shuttle program from start to finish. It covers all aspects of genesis, design, operation, politics and the 'bumps in the road' and is well written. The author is clearly an authority and brings a long personal experience on to the page. My only quibble is that it really is not a Haynes manual: it doesn't tell me how to check the tyre pressures or replenish the fuel, nor does it tabulate masses and volumes in the way that might be expected in an 'owner's workshop manual' (but I am a "rocket scientist"!). The up-side is that this makes it a much better 'read' than a dry technical exposition would have been.