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Promised the Moon: The Untold Story of the First Women in the Space Race
Promised the Moon: The Untold Story of the First Women in the Space Race
by Stephanie Nolen
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 16.74
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great History of Women Aviators, July 19 2010
A very rewarding read! This book made me realize how much women accomplished as aviators from the early 1900s to the 1960s. It's an in-depth, accurate look at their struggles, jobs, and personal lives.

I'm very perplexed at one reviewer's negative comments and "misrepresentation" posted here (did they actually read the same book?), including the inference that Margaret A. Weitekamp's work pre-dates this book (it doesn't - it came out around the same time).

In fact, Nolan's book doesn't make any claims that NASA was directly involved. It correctly describes the work of Dr. Lovelace and Jackie Cochran as independent from NASA, and repeatedly points out how, in the 1960s, newspapers and magazines like Life were enthralled with the idea of "female astronauts" and published stories about women like Jerrie Cobb. The book goes on to show how NASA responded at the time with a statement: "NASA says it never had a plan to put a woman in space, it doesn't have one today and it doesn't expect to have one in the forseeable future ... Any story that you may have read or heard to the effect that NASA is selecting and training girl astronauts just isn't true."

Much of the book is actually about the women's backgrounds in aviation, which made me appreciate how much history I had missed out on.

Lost Season 6: The Final Season - 5-DISC BD [Blu-ray]
Lost Season 6: The Final Season - 5-DISC BD [Blu-ray]
DVD ~ Jorge Garcia
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12 of 24 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars The worst season of Lost, July 2 2010
I think Season 1 and 2 are still pretty good, and Season 4 contained my favorite episode, The Constant.

However, Season 6 is so full of contradictions, inconsistencies, dropped plot lines, absurd new characters (like Jacob/MIB's Fake Mom), and ridiculous character resolutions, that it actually made me turned off of watching Lost altogether. I won't go back and watch previous seasons because of it. Want some high-quality resolutions about "the numbers," the ashes, Smokey's background, the cabin, Dharma, Ilana, the statue, whispers, why the island was so important, etc.? You ain't gonna find it here. You may find a few answers, but they're amateurish and comical at best.

The writers like to say that they focused on the characters in Season 6. That seems to be an excuse for dropped the ball on writing on coherent story.

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