The National Aeronautics and Space Administration was created in response to the Soviet Union's 1957 launch of Sputnik, the first manmade satellite to orbit the Earth. The Astronaut Wives Club is a fascinating look at the early days of the United States space program and the lives of the Mercury 7 astronauts' wives as they went from being military housewives at Langley Air Force Base in Virginia to celebrities living in Houston with embedded LIFE magazine reporters following their every move. Later joined by the "New Nine" and the "Fourteen Space Families," these women were there for each other through thick and thin. As wife Barbara Cernan stated, "If you think going to the moon is hard, try staying at home."
This book moves quickly and kept the reader's interest. The Astronaut Wives Club would be a great book to take on vacation, either to read on the beach or listen to in the car. Similar titles include Tom Wolfe's The Right Stuff, Martha Ackmann's The Mercury 13: the Untold Story of Thirteen American Women and the Dream of Space Flight and Gene Kranz's Failure Is Not an Option: Mission Control from Mercury to Apollo 13 and Beyond.
Reviewed by nw, 06/13. Other reviews by nw.