Rocket Men: The Daring Odyssey of Apollo 8 and the Astronauts Who Made Man's First Journey to the Moon [Audiobook]
06 April 2018, 10:45
2018 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 12 hrs 18 mins | 338.97MB
As we approach the 50th anniversary of the historic Apollo 8 mission, the New York Times best-selling author of Shadow Divers and Pirate Hunters writes the riveting story of NASA's boldest and riskiest decision: to send man to the moon in December 1968.
In early 1968, the Apollo program was on shaky footing. President Kennedy's end-of-decade deadline to put a man on the moon was in danger, and the Soviets were pulling ahead in the space race. By August 1968, with their back against the wall, NASA decided to scrap their usual methodical approach. With just a few months to prepare, they would send a crew to the Moon by December 1968. In a year of dramatic violence and discord - the Tet offensive, the assassinations of MLK and RFK, the Chicago DNC riots - the Apollo 8 mission was a stark test of what America was capable of. With a focus on the three astronauts of the Apollo 8 crew, and their wives and children, Kurson has written a vivid, gripping, you-are-there narrative that shows anew how much danger was involved, and how much bravery it took, for man to travel away from Earth.
Circle of Treason: CIA Traitor Aldrich Ames and the Men He Betrayed [Audiobook]
06 April 2018, 10:41
2013 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 8 hrs 55 mins | 246.17MB
While there have been other books about Aldrich Ames, Circle of Treason is the first account written by CIA agents who were key members of the CIA team that conducted the intense "Ames Mole Hunt."
Sandra Grimes and Jeanne Vertefeuille were two of the five principals of the CIA team tasked with hunting one of their own and were directly responsible for identifying Ames as the mole, leading to his arrest and conviction.
One of the most destructive traitors in American history, CIA officer Aldrich Ames provided information to the Soviet Union that contributed to the deaths of at least ten Soviet intelligence officers who spied for the United States. In this book, the two CIA officers directly responsible for tracking down Ames chronicle their involvement in the hunt for a mole. Considering it their personal mission, Grimes and Vertefeuille dedicated themselves to identifying the traitor responsible for the execution or imprisonment of the Soviet agents with whom they worked.
Their efforts eventually led them to a long-time acquaintance and coworker in the CIA's Soviet-East European division and Counterintelligence Center, Aldrich Ames.
Not only is this the first book to be written by the CIA principals involved, but it is also the first to provide details of the operational contact with the agents Ames betrayed. The book covers the political aftermath of Ames's arrest, including the Congressional wrath for not identifying him sooner, the FBI/CIA debriefings following Ames's plea bargain, and a retrospective of Ames the person and Ames the spy. It is also the compelling story of two female agents, who overcame gender barriers and succeeded in bringing Ames to justice in a historically male-oriented organization.
Now retired from the CIA, Grimes and Vertefeuille are finally able to tell this inside story of the CIA's most notorious traitor and the men he betrayed.
Southern Storm: The Tragedy of Flight 242 [Audiobook]
06 April 2018, 10:36
2018 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 6 hrs 24 mins | MB
On the afternoon of April 4, 1977, Georgia housewife Sadie Burkhalter Hurst looked out her front door to see a frantic stranger running toward her, his clothes ablaze, and, behind him, the mangled fuselage of a passenger plane that had just crashed in her yard.
The plane, a Southern Airways DC-9-31, had been carrying 81 passengers and four crew members en route to Atlanta when it entered a massive thunderstorm cell that turned into a dangerous cocktail of rain, hail, and lightning. Forced down onto a highway, the plane cut a swath of devastation through the small town of New Hope, breaking apart and killing bystanders on the ground before coming to rest in Hurst's front yard.
Ultimately, only 22 people survived, and urgent questions immediately arose: What caused the pilots to fly into the storm instead of away from it? Could the crash have been prevented? Southern Storm addresses these issues and more, offering an insider's look at this disaster and the systemic overhauls that followed it.