"Return to Flight" is outstanding! Congratulations. The book is tremendous. It certainly covers the entire episode from tragedy to understanding. I found the descriptions complete and understandable. What is truly significant is that I believe that statement could be made by anyone even without technical training. Well done, Jim. You are to be especially complemented on the handling and writing of the opening chapter. It is dramatic, well-written, and in an understated way captures the pathos of the tragedy. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in the space program whether an ordinary citizen or a worker in the field. Again, well done, Jim!
Dr. Peters did an amazing job writing Return to Flight. The attention to detail really made it interesting and gave me a much more in depth perspective on an event that had such an impact on the space program.
Overall Return to Flight was a really interesting and in-depth look into NASA and its inner workings. Space programs capture so many people's imaginations. It was, therefore, a very savvy idea to write a book that offered those people a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the dramatic (and everyday) decisions that go into that organization. In many ways it created a sense of the overall NASA community. It's a relatively small pool of people, so the reader often felt as if he or she got to simply step into that inner circle. The interviews and quotations were a nice, clean, simple way to elicit that feeling. In that way it also feels less like one person's story (or stake in a story). Instead, it feels like a well-rounded, fully realized world.
Return to Flight is excellent and I did not know my Dad could write so well. It was sad what happened to the astronauts and I can remember watching some of the return to flight launches at Kennedy Space Center. The book was very interesting and easy to understand. I could not wait to read the next chapter to see what happened next. It now beats out American Sniper as my favorite book.