Rise of the Rocket Girls: The Women Who Propelled Us, from Missiles to the Moon to Mars [Audiobook]

Rise of the Rocket Girls: The Women Who Propelled Us, from Missiles to the Moon to Mars [Audiobook]
Rise of the Rocket Girls: The Women Who Propelled Us, from Missiles to the Moon to Mars [Audiobook] by Nathalia Holt, read by Erin Bennett
2016 | MP3@64 kbps + AZW3 | 9 hrs 51 mins | 268.6MB

The riveting true story of the women who launched America into space.

In the 1940s and '50s, when the newly minted Jet Propulsion Laboratory needed quick-thinking mathematicians to calculate velocities and plot trajectories, they didn't turn to male graduates. Rather, they recruited an elite group of young women who, with only pencil, paper, and mathematical prowess, transformed rocket design, helped bring about the first American satellites, and made the exploration of the solar system possible.

For the first time, Rise of the Rocket Girls tells the stories of these women - known as "human computers" - who broke the boundaries of both gender and science. Based on extensive research and interviews with all the living members of the team, Rise of the Rocket Girls offers a unique perspective on the role of women in science: both where we've been and the far reaches of space to which we're heading.

Titan II: A History of a Cold War Missile [Audiobook]

Titan II: A History of a Cold War Missile [Audiobook]
Titan II: A History of a Cold War Missile [Audiobook] by David Stumpf, read by Douglas R Pratt
2014 | MP3@56 kbps | 12 hrs 5 mins | 332.8MB

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.

The Murder of the Century: The Gilded Age Crime That Scandalized a City & Sparked the Tabloid Wars [Audiobook]

The Murder of the Century: The Gilded Age Crime That Scandalized a City & Sparked the Tabloid Wars [Audiobook]
The Murder of the Century: The Gilded Age Crime That Scandalized a City & Sparked the Tabloid Wars [Audiobook] by Paul Collins, read by William Dufris
2011 | MP3@96 kbps + EPUB | 9 hrs 43 mins | 398.4MB

In Long Island, a farmer found a duck pond turned red with blood. On the Lower East Side, two boys playing at a pier discovered a floating human torso wrapped tightly in oilcloth. Blueberry pickers near Harlem stumbled upon neatly severed limbs in an overgrown ditch. Clues to a horrifying crime were turning up all over New York, but the police were baffled: There were no witnesses, no motives, no suspects.

The grisly finds that began on the afternoon of June 26, 1897, plunged detectives headlong into the era's most perplexing murder. Seized upon by battling media moguls Joseph Pulitzer and William Randolph Hearst, the case became a publicity circus. Re-creations of the murder were staged in Times Square, armed reporters lurked in the streets of Hell's Kitchen in pursuit of suspects, and an unlikely trio - an anxious cop, a cub reporter, and an eccentric professor - all raced to solve the crime. What emerged was a sensational love triangle and an even more sensational trial: an unprecedented capital case hinging on circumstantial evidence around a victim that the police couldn't identify with certainty - and that the defense claimed wasn't even dead.

The Murder of the Century is a rollicking tale - a rich evocation of America during the Gilded Age and a colorful re-creation of the tabloid wars that have dominated media to this day.

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