TalkOctober-December 2019 - Modern History (1946-present day)
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At any rate, any books set 1946 - present.
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This was a very entertaining look at what it meant to be young and female in the early fifties, and it was even more interesting because the author was also 82 when she wrote this, and it is probably much like her own life at the time (except the spies): living on your own, earning your own money, having fun, being able to afford a holiday.
The story follows Mr. Collins’ experiences as a test pilot, then astronaut, culminating in his historic role as rendezvous pilot on Apollo 11, and his life up until 1974, when the book was published.
The book is readable and engaging in spite of a lot of technical details at times. An index and a key to abbreviations would have been helpful. The book gave me a greater appreciation for the space program and the incredible minds, organization and skills of people across the country that made and make it happen. It enhanced my memory of that first thrilling moon walk. What a thing that was.
This book focused on many issues - forced adoption for many teenager mothers during that time, the forced removal of Aboriginal children from their parents, the divisive effect of the Vietnam War on the Australian people.
It was interesting and kept me reading for the whole book.