Wednesday August 5, 2020

Atmosphere and insight in tale of astronauts' wives

The Astronaut Wives Club: A True Story by Lily Koppel. Headline, €18.90. Reviewed by Dermot Bolger.

27th July, 2013
The wives of the Mercury astronauts in 1959. Photo: Getty

The Astronaut Wives Club: A True Story


In 1959 - as the technological promise of the 1960s beckoned, and the Cold War found a new proxy theatre in outer space - seven Americans were chosen by Nasa to go where no Americans had gone before. Others would follow in their footsteps. But these original seven pioneers were the mould-breakers; the first brave handful who became alpha-male heroes to a generation.

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