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.
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Lynn Sherr was the Perfect Biographer
- Jane Mcdowell
They gave this book the wrong title
I would not read another book by Lynn Sherr unless it was recommended by a friend.Pam Ward's narration was good.
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