The true story of the wives behind the American Space Race, the challenges they faced in the '50s and '60s, and the 40-year friendship that bound them together.
As American astronauts were launched on death-defying missions, television cameras focused on the brave smiles of their wives. Overnight, these women were transformed from shy military spouses to American royalty: having tea with Jackie Kennedy, attending high-society galas, and being featured on the cover of Life magazine.
They quickly grew into fashion icons, donning sherbet-swirled Pucci dresses and lacquering their hair into extravagant rocket styles (to match their husbands' spaceships). Annie Glenn was the envy of the other wives, with her many magazine features; platinum-blonde bombshell Rene Carpenter was proclaimed JFK's favourite; homely Betty Grissom worried her husband was having affairs; Louise Shepard just wanted to be left alone to her card games; and licensed pilot Trudy Cooper arrived on base with a dirty secret.
Together they rallied to form the Astronaut Wives Club, which has now turned into over 40 years of enduring friendship. Sexy and sophisticated, rich in melodrama, and set against the uniquely atmospheric backdrop of the Space Age, The Astronauts' Wives Club tells the real story behind some of the biggest heroes in American history, chronicling their romantic, domestic, and public dramas during the Mad Men era.
©2013 Lily Koppel (P)2013 Headline Digital
Bought on a whim - unexpectedly enjoyable and an insight into the lives of my mother's generation of women
Having watched the film Apollo 13 it was interesting hearing the true life views of the people in the film.
If you have watched and enjoyed the series Mad Men then you will love this too. It describes a lot of the fashions and styles beautifully. I got a little confused at times as to which wife was who, I could have done with a sort of wife map! It kept me interested despite that. If you lived through or have an interest in this era then its definitely worth a listen
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