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A great general overview, with lots of nuts and bolts for the technically inclined.
We now know just how dangerous the Shuttle was,
it must have felt like driving a 17,000 mph Mack truck,
with bad steering, a stuck gas pedal, and no brakes.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
This is a short book that makes a nice break from reading extremely long books. I have been a fan of the space program since it started. I try to read as much about NASA as I can, thus I grabbed this book to read. Duggins provides us with the reasons for the end of the shuttle program. As well, it covers major milestones for the program. It is neither a concise history nor a program review. Rather, Duggins book takes the reader on a human perspective. It is, the social issues come more to the fro than those of a technical nature.
The author’s fondness for the space industry comes through in the book. Duggins acknowledges the shuttles shortcomings, he also lauds it successes. Duggins discusses the dramatic influences of politics up on the space shuttle program. The author does not cover the effect of closing the shuttle program on the key areas such as Florida’s Space Coast, The Johnson Space Center or California space area or about the thousands of workers who will lose their jobs.
Pat Duggins is a senior news analyst at WMFE in Central Florida. He has covered more than 85 shuttle launches. Pat Duggins does his own narration.
5 of 6 people found this review helpful
Very factual, lots of names & references which are difficult to follow. Read very fast which often requires skip back to repeat. Full of information. Well written & recommended for every avid space fan.
0 of 2 people found this review helpful
Final Countdown provides a great insight into the spectacular and sometimes trouble Space Shuttle program showing the chinks in NASA's armor during this period. However the author always shows how the space shuttle "a spacecraft without a mission" was still an amazing feat and all of its accomplishments. The author who also narrates the audio book isn't deadpan and shows the emotion that he wrote in the book making it a great listening experience.