• Sally Ride

  • America's First Woman in Space
  • By: Lynn Sherr
  • Narrated by: Pam Ward
  • Length: 13 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 06-03-14
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4.4 (96 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Sally Ride made history as the first American woman in space. A member of the first astronaut class to include women, NASA chose her for the seventh shuttle mission, inspiring several generations of women. After a second flight, Ride served on the panels investigating the Challenger explosion and the Columbia disintegration that killed all aboard. In both instances, she faulted NASA's rush to meet mission deadlines and its organizational failures. She also cofounded a company promoting science and education for children, especially girls.
In Sally Ride: America's First Woman in Space, Lynn Sherr writes about Ride's scrupulously guarded personal life, with exclusive access to Ride's partner, her former husband, her family, and countless friends and colleagues. This is a rich biography of a fascinating woman whose life intersected with revolutionary social and scientific changes in America. Sherr's revealing portrait is warm and admiring but unsparing. It makes this extraordinarily talented and bold woman - an inspiration to millions - come alive.
©2014 Lynn Sherr (P)2014 Tantor
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5 out of 5 stars
By Jane Mcdowell on 06-09-14

Lynn Sherr was the Perfect Biographer

With her background as a "space" correspondent, Ms Sherr was in the right place at the right time to make an acquaintance with Sally Ride. Although the astronaut was a very private person, she did share some of her thoughts with the reporter through their years of friendship. The special relationship probably helped the author gain access to other friends who could add their recollections of Sally to make a well researched biography.

The book also illuminates that era of NASA history involving picking a group of astronauts of varying demographics to fly on the space shuttle. It was interesting to see the extent of training these non-pilot scientists were given. Sally was a member of both Columbia and Challenger crash panels and those experiences were handled well by Ms Sherr.

The second half of the book details a more general indictment of how our society has discouraged girls from pursuing science careers and the role Sally played in encouraging both teachers and kids in how to make teaching science interesting.

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2 out of 5 stars
By pplinux on 12-03-14

They gave this book the wrong title

Would you try another book from Lynn Sherr and/or Pam Ward?

I would not read another book by Lynn Sherr unless it was recommended by a friend.Pam Ward's narration was good.

Any additional comments?

First of all, the author is a good friend of the Sally Ride. I think the author has such a high opinion of Dr. Ride that she can't be expected to write a biography that is even remotely objective.

The title of this book should have been "Sally Ride: Feminist Icon". Ms Sherr reduces the amazing life of an undoubtedly interesting person to one of a person doing the same thing that the boys did with the same or higher aptitude. Everyone knows an overachiever. The fact that Dr. Ride was really good at almost everything she did can't be the most interesting thing about her. It is obvious to most people that there are women that can do the same things that men can do.

In this book the author does not even touch on Dr. Ride's science work. You will know more about Sally Ride's love life than her scientific work. As a scientist myself, I hope that if my life ever merits a biography that my biographer would write about my scientific work.

Overall this book is an incomplete and poorly organized biography

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5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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