Space

Already a renowned chronicler of the epic events of world history, James A Michener tackles the most ambitious subject of his career space, the last great frontier This astounding novel brings to life the dreams and daring of countless men and women people like Stanley Mott, the engineer whose irrepressible drive for knowledge places him at the center of the American exAlready a renowned chronicler of the epic events of world history, James A Michener tackles the most ambitious subject of his career space, the last great frontier This astounding novel brings to life the dreams and daring of countless men and women people like Stanley Mott, the engineer whose irrepressible drive for knowledge places him at the center of the American exploration effort Norman Grant, the war hero and U.S senator who takes his personal battle not only to a nation, but to the heavens Dieter Kolff, Hitler s rocket scientist, whose specialty is a rare commodity in this new era Randy Claggett, the astronaut who meets his destiny on a mission to the far side of the moon and Cynthia Rhee, the reporter whose determined crusade brings their story to a breathless world Praise for Space A master storyteller Michener, by any standards, is a phenomenon Space is one of his best books The Wall Street Journal A novel of very high adventure a sympathetic, historically sound treatment of an important human endeavor that someday could be the stuff of myth, told here with gripping effect The New York Times Book Review Space is everything that Michener fans have come to expect Without question, the space program s dramatic dimensions provide the stuff of great fiction BusinessWeek Michener is eloquent in describing the actual flights into space, as well as the blazing, apocalyptic re entry of the shuttle into earth s atmosphere The New York Times
Space Already a renowned chronicler of the epic events of world history James A Michener tackles the most ambitious subject of his career space the last great frontier This astounding novel brings to life

  • Title: Space
  • Author: James A. Michener
  • ISBN: 9780449203798
  • Page: 359
  • Format: Paperback
  • 1 thought on “Space”

    1. On my list of favorite books now. My husband gave this to me when we were dating - a surprise package sent in the mail through a secondhand bookstore. I put off reading it because I was afraid I wouldn't like it - it would be dated, too detailed (my mom hates Michener for this reason), and I've seen 'The Right Stuff.' But reading it was more proof that he knows me too well. Michener may be too detailed for some, but I loved the way he built this story bit by bit. There's a passage in the book wh [...]

    2. Interesting & well written. The most readable book he's written, in my opinion. Maybe it was just that I found the subject matter so interesting. It's a good start to the U.S. space program, but certainly not all inclusive. He could easily have expanded this to a trilogy. If it had any failing, it was the limits of the book.

    3. Published 32 years ago, this entertaining and enlightening novel evidences Michener's high opinion of such science fiction writers as Clarke, Weinbaum and Leiber as well as reservations about some tendencies of this popular genre. He even indulges himself a bit in it by creating a fictional account of an Apollo 18 voyage to explore the other side of the moon. A bit disconcerting is his creation of two fictional US states, Fremont and Red River which have elected Republican and Democratic senator [...]

    4. Having both a great deal of science and politics, Kyle and I found it easy to like this book. I enjoyed the problems and discussions that went into launching our first rockets. Even the political side of this book flowed smoothly and brought the story together for the reader. 'Space' tries to get all of the viewpoints of the space race while maintaining Michener's ideas and thoughts on what should have happened. It is always nice to be able to look on the past to see where we went wrong. This bo [...]

    5. this is the size of what i like to call, an airplane book. long enough to occupy me during the multifarious experience of air travel. and a plus that i am a space aficionado, a fan, though not quite fanatic. read this book because i am fascinated in the space program and the character of man (in most cases) that realized this impossible seeming vision. a man like my father, an engineer for boeing during the apollo period, and lived at cape canaveral nee kennedy space station, and me celebrating [...]

    6. All 832 pages were well worth the effort. This is truly an American story with insights into the families of the USA Space Program and how it grew. The astronaughts, the test pilots, the politicians, and others--all come off as real human beings with aspirations, disappointments, and achievements. This book is very different from Michener's other books--less history and more current events. Many strong characters and many very weak ones.

    7. I read this book to get out of my comfort zone but I think I'm ready to get back into it. This is the first Michener I've ever read so I did not really know what to expect. It is a fictional account of people working along side the actual U.S. space program. Main characters include a German rocket engineer, a United States astrophysicist, a U.S. test pilot/astronaut, and a U.S. Senator, along with their wives an a multitude of other characters.My big problem with this book is that the fictional [...]

    8. Great parallel to the drama of the real space race. The narrative whips through years in the span of paragraphs – all in the name of rushing to the ultimate triumph of the moon landings.The book’s latter theme of scientific knowledge vs. religion is just as contemporary now as it was 28 years ago – and with the current state of NASA – with the retirement of the Shuttle and the uncertainty of the Constellation program – the fate of Michener’s fictional space program might actually bec [...]

    9. The older I get the more I seem to be winning the battle - or at least not losing the battle - with my completist streak. I am writing a review of this flawed novel after having read only 470 pages as a celebration of defeating my completist impulse yet again. I do not need to finish every book I've ever started, especially when they suck.Reading Space, I wonder if I was too kind to the first Michener I read, Hawaii or whether this one is just shitty Michener. (It may be just shitty Michener, as [...]

    10. I first read this book back in 1979 when I was going through Basic Dive School in Washinton DC. It was a great read and it kept me pumped to hit the books and pass the school. This is an excellent fictional account of our early space program. I don't think the behind the scenes Machiavellian twists and plots were far from reality.

    11. Michener's portrayal of the lives of the individuals who participated in the space race, is entertaining. His novel starts at the end of the Second World War when the scientists were acquired, through Korea when the astronauts were formed, into the great Space Race and the Apollo moon-landings. Anybody who has ever looked up at the stars at night will greatly enjoy this book.

    12. I liked this book. However, THE RIGHT STUFF is a far more worthwhile read on the same subject. SPACE is workman like and well, plodding. It's not exactly dull, but it takes its time getting anywhere.If you love science/fiction(not science fiction mind you)books by the likes of Carl Sagan, then Space will leave you feeling blah.

    13. This is the book that started my love-affair for all books James Michener. I especially love his talk about WWII when the scientists had to be found and captured before the Russians did and then transported to an American facility in the middle of the US. Anyway, read the book, learn about history and fall in love with his epic novels!

    14. A veritable door-stopper of a book (aren't all Michener's? ed.) and a barn-storming read to boot!Very engaging, always interesting and in light of the recent sacrifices made by the space program, a testament to why we reach for the stars . . ad astra per aspera indeed.

    15. This is a wonderful historical fiction about the development of the space program and the people involved. It made me choose my degree. Michener can be very hard to read but they're always so informative and developed wonderfully.

    16. Like all his books, a good leisurely read in his personal style. Well researched as in all his writing. He is underappreciated which will cure itself in another 100 years.

    17. Like the trip to the moon itself, my odyssey with Space has finally been concludedd it only took three years to complete!I'm really, really, really torn on how to rate this book. There were parts I definitely got into and was, frankly, fascinated by. Those pieces were 4 star, bordering on 5. But there were slower parts and the historical inaccuracies doomed this to a three for me.Nuts and bolts, this is a fictionalized look at the Space program through the eyes of 4 people (a washington senator, [...]

    18. Finally finished this long slow book. Don't get me wrong, I didn't hate it or anything. i always find something of value in a Michener book, but Space wasn't nearly as fun or enjoyable as Hawaii, Centennial, or Chesapeake. It was almost as long as those books and covered less history. Maybe just the concept of Space made me half expect a science fiction book, and this is definitely not that.The long political passages were really tough for me to get through, especially considering what a depress [...]

    19. I thought this book would never end. i'm not sure how I persevered to the finish line. It seemed like it was trying to wrap itself up in the last third of the book. i grew to really care about the characters in the book, so I think that helped me to continue. My progress was really delayed in the final fourth of this tome.I think I'm over Michener for awhile. I have enjoyed him in the past; Hawaii was really a wonderful book. Michener is an amazing author, and I do appreciate him. I am so glad t [...]

    20. 3.5 Stars. My first Michener book. It had a lot of the components I like: historic backdrop, characters who evolve, plot that has value to the story and a decent pace for an 800 page book. There were a few characters that seem dated especially the reporter and the cult leader. There are some elements that seem dated as well, such as the latent racism and some of the stylistic breaks, but those aren't offensive, just dated.

    21. Although the long chapters that seem to follow an organized stream of consciousness can run on forever overall the book is very well mapped out and arranged neatly. As for the story itself, it's a thrilling novel that captures the space age perfectly and allows a look into the lives of these very real people. Overall the story, characters, and plot is well thought out and written. Definitely planning on reading more of his works.

    22. I expected this book to be about real space programs and the actual people involved. However, I'm a little disappointed that real Mercury/Gemini/Apollo missions were only briefly mentioned. In fact, a large portion of this book actually has little to do with space, and more about the main characters' past and families. But this book is called fiction for a reason.

    23. This was the first long novel I read at scarcely more than a decade old. It was great fun and kept me entertained, but one of the most interesting things for me was figuring out what a good deal of it meant as I got older. I specifically remember some colorful description of WWII naval combat, and that the subsequent story of the space program differed from but mirrored our own real one.

    24. My first Michener. I was so awed by his writing style that he became my idea of the perfect author. Hats off to this legend. The most beautiful quote that comes to my mind goes something like"sometimes you go faster by slowing down".

    25. This was not one of Michener's better books. There was a good deal of boring number recitation. IMO, the best part of the book was his description of the dumbing down of America, the need to "go back" to simpler times, believing the earth was only 6,000 years old and disregarding science. He was right on the money describing the societal causes of this type of movement. Dr. Strobismus was a very scary but recognizable character. There are many like him in the Congress of the United States. Perha [...]

    26. While there are many instances of what I would consider "me too", as in "I [a fictional character James Michener made up] was there too", I can actually believe that this cast of characters who came out of JM's imagination really lived and really made it to the Moon.

    27. 3.5 stars based on content, but overall a fairly good book about five fictional families involved in the space program with NASA. I would never have read this by myself, but my dad and I read it together, so I enjoyed it <3

    28. Probably the hardest book I've ever read? Michener is tedious and kind of incredible, and finishing one of his sagas feels like a big accomplishment.

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