What we think…
“This book tells the true stories of the spouses of the astronauts involved in the American Space Race. As the wives of the country’s newest heroes are thrown into the spotlight, their differing lives and loves are set against the backdrop of top-secret missions
and potential nuclear war. Mad Men-esque in its portrayal of the growth of celebrity culture and consumerism in fifties and sixties America, the conversational style and astonishing anecdotes make this both a fun and fascinating read.”
Sarah Hardman, Buyer
Royal Museums Greenwich
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.