For 20 years Slayton, one of the original Mercury astronauts, ran the Astronaut Office at the Manned Spacecraft (later Johnson) Space Center in Houston, a position he assumed after being pulled off his Mercury flight for a minor heart ailment. In that capacity, he played a central role in selecting new astronauts and especially in assembling flight crews. In these posthumously published memoirs, he gives his account of those early years of U.S. manned spaceflight. Compared with the recent Moonshot (LJ 4/15/94), which he coauthored, this book allows the reader to get a sense of the man, of how a farm boy from Wisconsin ended up deciding who would be the first man on the moon and who finally, at the age of 51, got his own spaceflight on the Apollo Soyuz mission-the last Apollo flown. As another valuable addition to the recent first-hand accounts of NASA's early days, this book is highly recommended for public and academic libraries.
Thomas J. Frieling, Bainbridge Coll., Ga.
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The autobiography of one of the original Mercury Seven astronauts, this is one of the best additions to the literature of the early American space effort. Slayton, who'd first flown as a World War II bomber pilot, came to the space program by a somewhat circuitous route. He was grounded in 1962 because of a heart murmur, and actually flew as an astronaut only once, in the 1975 Apollo-Soyuz mission. He was head of the astronaut office, however, and as such, one of the key persons involved in selecting crew, a process he describes with an insider's knowledge of detail and considerable frankness about the virtues and limitations of his colleagues. At the same time, Slayton never lost, nor will his readers miss, the sense of wonder with which space was contemplated in the days when it was a high and gallant dream. Roland Green --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Editorial Reviews
The book itself is great, it was a little distracting that there were so many words misspelled. Not a reflection on Deke as much as it is on the editor of this book. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Guy Priest
Deke's story is a necessary read for students of Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo. He helps you to understand NASAs astronaut culture in it's heyday.Published 7 days ago by Michael E. Maddox
My parents were barely alive when Deke was out there flying test planes and risking his life for the sake of testing an aircraft and making sure it was safe. Read morePublished 3 months ago by BrazucAmerican
A stellar (pun intended) telling of our journey into the space age from the man that was a the helm for most of it.Published 3 months ago by Michael B.
If you're familiar with the moon race, this is a great look at some of the most compelling moments from the perspective of one of the players at NASA. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Jason W.
Interesting insight to how the different crews were selected for the space program and why changes had to be made. Read morePublished 8 months ago by B. Miller
What a great read from one ot the Mercury Seven. No agenda to settle, just the stories of a humble man.Published 8 months ago by David Boyd