America's First Woman in Space
Simon & Schuster
On Sale: June 3, 2014
Hardcover / e-Book
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The definitive biography of Sally Ride, America’s first
woman in space, with exclusive insights from Ride’s family
and partner, by the ABC reporter who covered NASA during its
transformation from a test-pilot boys’ club to a more
Sally Ride made history as the first American woman in
space. A member of the first astronaut class to include
women, she broke through a quarter-century of white male
fighter jocks when NASA chose her for the seventh shuttle
mission, cracking the celestial ceiling and inspiring
several generations of women.
After a second flight, Ride served on the panels
investigating the Challenger explosion and the Columbia
disintegration that killed all aboard. In both instances she
faulted NASA’s rush to meet mission deadlines and its
organizational failures. She cofounded a company promoting
scienceand education for children, especially girls.
Sherr also writes about Ride’s scrupulously guarded personal
life—she kept her sexual orientation private—with exclusive
access to Ride’s partner, her former husband, her family,
and countless friends and colleagues. Sherr draws from
Ride’s diaries, files, and letters. This is a rich biography
of a fascinating woman whose life intersected with
revolutionary social and scientific changes in America.
Sherr’s revealing portrait is warm and admiring but
unsparing. It makes this extraordinarily talented and bold
woman, an inspiration to millions, come alive.
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