A comprehensive study of the missile system that formed a critical component of the United States' nuclear arsenal.
The Titan II ICBM (intercontinental ballistic missile) program was developed by the United States military to bolster the size, strength, and speed of the nation's strategic weapons arsenal in the 1950s and 1960s. Each missile carried a single warhead - the largest in U.S. inventory - used liquid fuel propellants, and was stored and launched from hardened underground silos. The missiles were deployed at basing facilities in Arkansas, Arizona, and Kansas and remained in active service for over 20 years. Since military deactivation in the early 1980s, the Titan II has served as a reliable satellite launch vehicle.
Titan II will be welcomed by professionals and laymen, and by the many civilian and Air Force personnel who were involved in the program - a deterrent weapons system that proved to be successful in defending America from nuclear attack.
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"The author breaks new ground on the history of the Titan II weapon system... [A] masterpiece of scholarly research." (Rick W. Sturdevant Staff Historian, USAF)
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"Abort the launch!!!!! This book is a no-go!"
Just about anything would be an improvement. Sadly, almost the ENTIRE book is a list of dates and associated activities, such as one missile being removed from its silo and placed into another, or a new replacement part being installed in a given missile. It actually sounds like the narrator is just reading down a maintenance log.
At the risk of repeating myself, the author could have written something that was far more pleasant to listen to than a seemingly interminable laundry list of missile maintenance, upgrades, movement, etc. I don't think the audio sample on Audible.Com was representative of what the rest of the audiobook is like.
No. I hate to say it, but I think I wasted a credit on this one. The audio sample sounded great.
Okay, I've never written a book, so I have no idea how difficult it is. I admit it. But, it almost sounds like the author just grabbed reams and reams of Air Force missile maintenance logs, placed them in chronological order, then called it a book.
"Disappointing: Lacks a coherent story"
I was really disappointed with this book - the subject matter is interesting, but it's almost a regurgitation of memos, rather conversion of memos and research materials into a book. There is constant ad-nausium list of the staff present at the time of various events - i.e. read direct from the memo. This just becomes tedious, repetitive and unhelpful - it doesn't add anything to the story. In fact, there is no story - the author should have taken the materials and converted them into a narrative and done additional research to provide other information and perspectives. Unfortunately, there is no analysis and critical review of the material. The narration was dry and monotonous, while I don't expect the narrator to understand the materials, it was a completely dry read - there are even sections that were supposed to be edited out which weren't. As an engineer, I have a suspicion the author didn't understand an amount of the content either. I almost gave up on this book.
I would highly recommend "Command and Control" instead - you won't be disappointed.
"Couldn't Bear to Finish Listenting"
I wanted it to be good. The reviews on Amazon.com where great. I even restarted my Audible membership to buy it. But the narration was simply unbearable. It was like each sentence of the book was a bullet point in the longest Power Point presentation from hell. The narrator sounds like his expertise is reading the Federal Register. Pass on this one and listen to Command and Control by Eric Schlosser if you haven't already.
"Drones on and on like my Calculus prof."
Waaay too much technical detail without plot, substance or at the very least discernible direction. Leaves listener lost in lingo
"Great audio book!"
loved it, great stories! I want to listen to another of the like. It's a true rocket enthusiasts book. If you love history and especially rocket or military history this is for you.
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