Titan II

  • by David Stumpf
  • Narrated by Douglas R. Pratt
  • 12 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

A comprehensive study of the missile system that formed a critical component of the United States' nuclear arsenal.
The Titan II ICBM (intercontinental ballistic missile) program was developed by the United States military to bolster the size, strength, and speed of the nation's strategic weapons arsenal in the 1950s and 1960s. Each missile carried a single warhead - the largest in U.S. inventory - used liquid fuel propellants, and was stored and launched from hardened underground silos. The missiles were deployed at basing facilities in Arkansas, Arizona, and Kansas and remained in active service for over 20 years. Since military deactivation in the early 1980s, the Titan II has served as a reliable satellite launch vehicle.
Titan II will be welcomed by professionals and laymen, and by the many civilian and Air Force personnel who were involved in the program - a deterrent weapons system that proved to be successful in defending America from nuclear attack.


What the Critics Say

"The author breaks new ground on the history of the Titan II weapon system... [A] masterpiece of scholarly research." (Rick W. Sturdevant Staff Historian, USAF)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Abort the launch!!!!! This book is a no-go!

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Just about anything would be an improvement. Sadly, almost the ENTIRE book is a list of dates and associated activities, such as one missile being removed from its silo and placed into another, or a new replacement part being installed in a given missile. It actually sounds like the narrator is just reading down a maintenance log.

What could David Stumpf have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

At the risk of repeating myself, the author could have written something that was far more pleasant to listen to than a seemingly interminable laundry list of missile maintenance, upgrades, movement, etc. I don't think the audio sample on Audible.Com was representative of what the rest of the audiobook is like.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

No. I hate to say it, but I think I wasted a credit on this one. The audio sample sounded great.

Any additional comments?

Okay, I've never written a book, so I have no idea how difficult it is. I admit it. But, it almost sounds like the author just grabbed reams and reams of Air Force missile maintenance logs, placed them in chronological order, then called it a book.

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- Pete Mypaycheck

Disappointing: Lacks a coherent story

I was really disappointed with this book - the subject matter is interesting, but it's almost a regurgitation of memos, rather conversion of memos and research materials into a book. There is constant ad-nausium list of the staff present at the time of various events - i.e. read direct from the memo. This just becomes tedious, repetitive and unhelpful - it doesn't add anything to the story. In fact, there is no story - the author should have taken the materials and converted them into a narrative and done additional research to provide other information and perspectives. Unfortunately, there is no analysis and critical review of the material. The narration was dry and monotonous, while I don't expect the narrator to understand the materials, it was a completely dry read - there are even sections that were supposed to be edited out which weren't. As an engineer, I have a suspicion the author didn't understand an amount of the content either. I almost gave up on this book.

I would highly recommend "Command and Control" instead - you won't be disappointed.
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- Greg

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-18-2014
  • Publisher: University Press Audiobooks