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Hemingway and Deke! 
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I've been doing a lot more reading in the last few weeks, as I've started recovering from the radiation therapy, and I've done two basic arcs -- as much Hemingway as I could find that I hadn't read before (mostly new biographies and memoirs, as well as the newly restored "A Moveable Feast"), and space histories. Still impressed as hell with the writing skills, up to about the mid-thirties (and including the slightly later "For Whom the Bell Tolls"), and fascinated with what a charming asshole he could be....not unlike a lot of movers and shakers...

If you haven't read Michael Cassutt's "Deke!", it's well worth your time. A more readable, insightful book on the space program I have not yet encountered. Michael's fictionalized history of the Soviet space program, "Red Moon", is also worth reading, although not as compelling as "Deke!" was, since it shed light into corners I hadn't expected to be there...

Up next, Gene Krantz's "Failure Is Not an Option" -- and yes, I've read, I think, all of the published space histories of the last twenty years that I could find...just moving into autobiographies and memoirs now.

Tue Aug 04, 2009 7:47 pm
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