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Astronaut wives from the Mercury program through to the Apollo program,
This review is from: The Astronaut Wives Club (Hardcover)
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As the Mercury phase of the Space programme begun, the magazine `Life' was given exclusive access to the programme and traveled to specially designated Space town where the astronauts lived. They took photographs of the astronauts' wives and trampled their front yards, to get whatever photos they could. The journalists wrote about their makeup, their dresses, their kitchens, their cookies; here were the first reality stars, proto-footballers' wives who were as strait-laced and pretty as their husbands were silent.
Ms Koppel's book writes an important piece of American social history, and in parts the book is very good and well researched. However, as other reviewers have commented the writing here is not succinct and seems to ramble on at `talkative' fashion. For certain threads of the narrative had no beginning nor was there any explanation for them given. While accounting for the many characters that made up the main subject, this reader found it hard to fathom who was who, and I soon found my attention drifting and the reading become more of chore. This review begin with the way the astronauts' wives, were constantly scrutinized and photographed by Life magazine, and I believe the author, of this work, should have taken note and introduced photographic material, it would really helped the narrative and under pinned the time period and given grounding to the subject matter at hand. This is a good and important historical narrative; however, there are number flaws and there lies its' Achilles heel.