Space

Space

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by James A. Michener
     
 

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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

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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 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, a German rocket scientist who once worked for the Nazis; 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

Editorial Reviews

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“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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780449203798
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
09/28/1983
Edition description:
REISSUE
Pages:
808
Product dimensions:
4.18(w) x 6.86(h) x 1.14(d)

Meet the Author

James A. Michener was one of the world’s most popular writers, the author of more than forty books of fiction and nonfiction, including the Pulitzer Prize–winning Tales of the South Pacific, the bestselling novels The Source, Hawaii, Alaska, Chesapeake, Centennial, Texas, Caribbean, and Caravans, and the memoir The World Is My Home. Michener served on the advisory council to NASA and the International Broadcast Board, which oversees the Voice of America. Among dozens of awards and honors, he received America’s highest civilian award, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, in 1977, and an award from the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities in 1983 for his commitment to art in America. Michener died in 1997 at the age of ninety.

Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
February 3, 1907
Date of Death:
October 16, 1997
Place of Death:
Austin, Texas
Education:
B.A. in English and history (summa cum laude), Swarthmore College, 1929; A.M., University of Northern Colorado, 1937.

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Space 3.9 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 10 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A great book. A must have for any Michener fan.
Guest More than 1 year ago
History book this is not. It is a great novel. If anything this novel would inspire a reader to find out the facts about the space race. I loved this book because of the characters and how they interacted. I think Michener does well in protraying some of his characters as both good and bad. He does it in a way that pulls your opinion in both ways so you have to stop and think for a moment. This book is fast enough in action to keep you reading but does an excellent job in letting you get caught up in the characters. Definite must read.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I've read seven books by Michener and this is very good. Not as good as The Source or Chesapeake, but better than The Caribbean or Texas. The characters are rich and involving and the story is first rate! Michener left me wondering what he actually meant by his title: Space. There is more to this story than the title. His final chapters left me to wonder why we do not focus on space wxploration as much as we used to. I would defintely recommend this book to a friend.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Difficult to read, especially for me as a German, but keeps you reading. Very detailed but never boring story about the development of space travelling.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have to admit I didn't read the whole thing. The storyline is probably of interest to those who are fascinated by the early space exploration efforts of the U.S., but the characters tend to have a sort of the flat stereotypical nature one usually associates with 'Hogan's Heros' or 'Leave It To Beaver'. After reading how the 'villian' Strabismus had a Jewish father and a Catholic mother, I threw the book in the trash.