The Most Comprehensive Review Of Gemini Available, March 19, 2005
By Robert I. Hedgeson
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Gemini was an incredibly important and successful program, but unfortunately is forever cast into the shadows by the even greater achievements of Apollo. There have been several other publications written on the subject of Gemini, but most are official NASA histories that are extremely difficult (and expensive) to obtain. In this book David Shayler documents all aspects of Project Gemini from inception to conclusion. He details not only the technical aspects of the Gemini spacecraft (and spacecraft subcomponents) but discusses the development, testing, and capabilities of the Titan, Atlas, and Agena vehicles which were so crucial in obtaining program goals. Each mission is discussed in detail, and there are many illustrations (including some I have never seen anywhere else), tables, and graphs providing most any information desired.

The book is lengthy, but is never boring, and I reveled in the thorough treatment given to this crucial program, a program that truly was a giant step to the moon. My only critiques of the book are fairly miniscule. There are numerous typographical errors in the text, most of which are quite obvious, so I am rather surprised they slipped through proofreading. There are also a couple of insignificant errors in the crew biographies (notably regarding Armstrong's post-NASA teaching career) that don't dramatically detract from the book as a whole, but would be good to correct in future editions.

I highly recommend this book, and salute David Shayler for writing such an outstanding book on such a critical program.


5.0 out of 5 stars Everything About Gemini
By A Customer on June 4, 2004
Format: Paperback

I have always been interested in the Gemini program, yet little information seemed to exist about it. This book is incredibly comprehensive. It does not read like a novel like Andrew Chaikins, Man on the Moon. It is divided into in-depth sections on the booster, the capsule, EVA, recovery, etc. Don't get me wrong, it captures the drama in each mission well but it is not always approached in a sequential manner regarding missions. It reminds me of the Apogee book series on each mission but this has all Gemini related topics rolled into one book.

If you like to read about the exact reasoning behind scrubbed launches, every success and failure related to hardware like the Ageena docking module or boosters, the issues faced on each EVA or which suit was used on which mission, how they differed and why then this is your book.

A customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Immense detail; good unbiased descriptions.
26 February 2006
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A long book, with immense detail of the NASA program which was the proving ground for the subsequent Apollo missions. This is much more an academic book than a coffee-table browser.
Shayler splits the subject into sections which correspond with the aims of the Gemini program - rendezvous, extended duration, Extra Vehicular Activity (spacewalking), etc. and examines each flight's level of success therein. Therefore, there is something of a 'Groundhog Day' feeling as you re-visit each mission more than once throughout the book.
The 'human' angle to the program is best left to other books such as the many astronaut biographies, but Shayler does offer usefully unbiased descriptions of the more dramatic missions: Armstrong's steely recovery of the frightening Gemini VIII and Cernan almost working himself to death outside Gemini IX, for example.
The precision engineering and planning warrants numerous tables of dry statistics, but there are photos and illustrations throughout - about 200 in total, all in black and white.

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VINE VOICE
4.0 out of 5 stars Good
5 February 2008
Format: Paperback
As someone who is really interested in the Gemini space missions I have found this book very helpful.
It is not an easy read - being rather technical. Which is alright as it is aimed at this level. Many helpful tables and pictures.

5 out of 5 stars The Most Comprehensive Review Of Gemini Available
20 March 2005 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: PaperbackVerified Purchase
Gemini was an incredibly important and successful program, but unfortunately is forever cast into the shadows by the even greater achievements of Apollo. There have been several other publications written on the subject of Gemini, but most are official NASA histories that are extremely difficult (and expensive) to obtain. In this book David Shayler documents all aspects of Project Gemini from inception to conclusion. He details not only the technical aspects of the Gemini spacecraft (and spacecraft subcomponents) but discusses the development, testing, and capabilities of the Titan, Atlas, and Agena vehicles which were so crucial in obtaining program goals. Each mission is discussed in detail, and there are many illustrations (including some I have never seen anywhere else), tables, and graphs providing most any information desired.

The book is lengthy, but is never boring, and I reveled in the thorough treatment given to this crucial program, a program that truly was a giant step to the moon. My only critiques of the book are fairly miniscule. There are numerous typographical errors in the text, most of which are quite obvious, so I am rather surprised they slipped through proofreading. There are also a couple of insignificant errors in the crew biographies (notably regarding Armstrong's post-NASA teaching career) that don't dramatically detract from the book as a whole, but would be good to correct in future editions.

I highly recommend this book, and salute David Shayler for writing such an outstanding book on such a critical program.

5.0 out of 5 stars Good technical reference, but definitely not a narrative history of the Gemini program.
30 August 2016 - Published on Amazon.com
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A very technical guide to Gemini. If you are a space program fanatic like I am, you'll love it. If you're looking for a narrative history of the program, look elsewhere.

5.0 out of 5 stars Superb book on a often overlooked... yet vital project
11 September 2009 - Published on Amazon.com
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Despite it obvious importance , Project Gemini is often overlooked if not completely ignored, and that is rather sad since it constituted the stepping stones for the incredible journey to the moon, that is that almost all the practical aspects required for a succesful mission such as rendevouz,eva,etc. were introduced, developed and tested during the Gemini project. this book is a must read for all us space fans out here , its full of facts , good background information,and gives a total vision of the project since it's conception to it's succesful completion.
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