Qty:1
  • List Price: $25.00
  • Save: $2.96 (12%)
FREE Shipping on orders over $35.
Only 13 left in stock (more on the way).
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com.
Gift-wrap available.
Add to Cart
FREE Shipping on orders over $35.
Condition: Used: Good
Comment: Ex-library book. Some wear to cover. clean pages. Tight binding. Stamped top outside edge, first, and second pages.
Add to Cart
Trade in your item
Get a $2.00
Gift Card.
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See this image

Fallen Astronauts: Heroes Who Died Reaching for the Moon Paperback – October 1, 2003


See all 2 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price New from Used from
Hardcover
"Please retry"
$269,591,188.23
Paperback
"Please retry"
$22.04
$17.07 $9.84


Frequently Bought Together

Fallen Astronauts: Heroes Who Died Reaching for the Moon + Gus Grissom: The Lost Astronaut (Indiana Biography Series)
Price for both: $37.89

Buy the selected items together

NO_CONTENT_IN_FEATURE

Image
Looking for the Audiobook Edition?
Tell us that you'd like this title to be produced as an audiobook, and we'll alert our colleagues at Audible.com. If you are the author or rights holder, let Audible help you produce the audiobook: Learn more at ACX.com.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Bison Books (October 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0803262124
  • ISBN-13: 978-0803262126
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,138,452 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Eight of America's early astronauts, selected to participate in the Mercury, Gemini and Apollo programs, died while employed by NASA. Three of the eight-Roger Chaffee, Gus Grissom and Ed White-are fairly well known, having died in a gruesome fire during a training exercise in the Apollo 1 command module on January 27, 1967. The other five are far less familiar. Four perished in jet crashes (Ted Freeman, Elliot See, Charlie Bassett and C.C. Williams) while one (Ed Givens) died in a car crash. Unfortunately, Burgess (Teacher in Space) and Doolan (coauthor, Mission to Planet Earth) tell their stories in turgid and repetitive prose, failing to dig beneath the surface and thus providing remarkably little insight into the men, their time or the agency for which they worked. Unlike virtually every other book dealing with the personalities of the astronauts, this one leads us to believe that all were single-minded saints, with no human foibles. Rounding out the book is a chapter written by Vis, a Dutch space analyst, detailing the lives and deaths of the eight Soviet cosmonauts who died between 1961 and 1971. This chapter is even weaker than the rest; little meaningful information is presented and there are factual conflicts with the American chapters. While the untimely deaths of good, talented men evoke pathos, these abbreviated biographies do not deepen understanding of them. 37 b&w photos.
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Review

"This wonderful book, which brought back many fond and sometimes painful memories of a few who sadly never realized their dreams, is a long overdue tribute to fallen comrades from a truly amazing era in American history." Walter M. Schirra Jr., Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo astronaut "In Fallen Astronauts we learn of men who may not have shared in the ultimate triumph but who were nevertheless an indelible part of these unparalleled exertions. By recognizing the prodigious debt we owe them, and their loved ones, in this fine history, Burgess and Doolan have made an important contribution to the history of space flight." Scott Carpenter, Mercury astronaut "Every generation learns the hard lesson yet again: space flight is a risky business; not only the missions themselves, but the arduous training. Fallen Astronauts is a long-overdue tribute to a group of men who paid the ultimate price for their tragically unfulfilled dreams of space flight." Michael Cassutt, author of Who's Who In Space and coauthor of We Have Capture "Though there are many space explorers no longer with us their achievements should not be forgotten. This book goes a long way to preserve the memory of 16 of them."--Spaceflight, March 2004 Emotionally moving, factually detailed portraits... Fallen Astronauts should be on every space enthusiast's reading list." Dr. Rick W. Sturdevant, Air Power History "This book considers both American astronauts and Russian cosmonauts who died in the line of duty prior to 1972. Burgess and Doolan offer a brief biography and personal stories with a focus on the astronauts' passion for their profession... It is well written and will be enjoyed by enthusiasts of the history of spaceflight." Choice "A fascinating, often sad, but uplifting account... Though there are many space explorers no longer with us their achievements should not be forgotten. This book goes a long way to preserve the memory of 16 of them." Dave Shayler, Spaceflight "A compendium of research into the lives, including their tragic deaths, of astronauts who gave their all in pursuit of their personal goal, and that of their country, of reaching the moon." Hazel Brittingham, Cape Gazette

More About the Author

Discover books, learn about writers, read author blogs, and more.

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5 stars
5 star
17
4 star
1
3 star
0
2 star
0
1 star
0
See all 18 customer reviews
The authors filled this gap in my knowledge in a clear, fact-filled way.
Katherine Cooper
"Fallen Astronauts" is a long overdue book on the astronauts and cosmonauts who died during the race to the moon.
Robert I. Hedges
An excellent book which answers questions but which also provokes a good deal of thought.
R. F. Mojica

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

116 of 117 people found the following review helpful By R. W. Cunningham on November 1, 2003
Format: Hardcover
As an astronaut from 1963 to 1971, I was at NASA during the incredible years when mankind went from making short flights in Earth orbit to standing on the surface of the moon. Unfortunately, in those years, we also lost a good number of my astronaut colleagues along the way. This personally affected me most when, as part of the backup crew for Apollo 1, we had to step into their shoes and fly the first manned Apollo flight after their untimely and tragic deaths. The death of Gus Grissom's crew helped make it possible to land a man on the moon on schedule - indeed, it may have saved America's space program - so we cannot consider their deaths to have been in vain. It certainly made our Apollo 7 mission a success. It also reminded the American public that people could and would die in our efforts to explore the heavens.
If you have been a jet fighter pilot for any length of time, you have seen your friends get killed - often - and you build up a certain immunity. I flew with such men and knew them well - men frozen in time now like shadows in old group photos. After several flights with Ted Freeman, I was convinced he was one of our better pilots. C.C. Williams, a big, strapping six-footer who wouldn't let you dislike him, had flying skills that couldn't be faulted. What impressed me most about Charlie Bassett was his discipline, dedication, and fine mechanical skills. I once played a great practical joke on Ed Givens. Elliot See was another friend of mine. My children were playmates with their children, and they noticed that some of Daddy's friends sometimes didn't come home from work.
This book brings these old colleagues and friends of mine back to life, and it is wonderful to see them finally get the attention they deserve in print. I highly recommend this book for a long overdue insight into my old friends and colleagues, who paid the ultimate price for us all.
1 Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
35 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Katherine Cooper on November 2, 2003
Format: Paperback
Burgess and Doolan have written a book that was long overdue. Instead of the usual rehash of facts well known, they have brought to the public the story of these heroes as human beings, people with hopes and dreams, men who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country - whether in a plane or automobile crash or in a horrible spacecraft fire. As director of the Apollo One Memorial Foundation, I was particularly pleased with the way they presented the lives of Gus Grissom, Ed White, and Roger Chaffee. However, I knew little of the other astronauts who died. The authors filled this gap in my knowledge in a clear, fact-filled way. Most impressive was the objective way in which they described the loss of the astronauts and cosmonauts, neither laying blame nor sensationalizing the accidents. This book is a must-read.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
32 of 32 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 16, 2003
Format: Paperback
This is quite simply an outstanding book. In the race to land humans on the Moon, a number of astronauts and cosmonauts died, and many were quickly forgotten. They have been missing from the pages of the history books - until now. This book brings their personalities to life in warm detail, drawing on unprecedented cooperation from the families, it seems. For the first time, I have come to know the stories of men who, if not for unfortunate accidents, would have been some of the most famous names in American history. You get to know them as people, their good and bad sides, their failings but mostly their incredible professionalism and dedication. One of the decade's most important space books, and a must-have for anyone interested in the subject.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By "billmcw" on November 26, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Poignant, moving, and absorbingly informative, "Fallen Astronauts" is an extraordinary, lasting tribute to America's astronauts and the Soviet Union's cosmonauts who reached for the moon, but tragically lost their lives while pursuing their goal. Equally important, authors Colin Burgess, Kate Doolan, and Bert Vis tell of the wrenching but inspiring effects of the fallen heroes losses on the lives of loved ones left behind, stories seldom told in accounts of the brave and courageous.
While readers receive a capsule history of the early, pioneering days in the race to the moon, the book's mini-biographies tell us of the backgrounds, personalities, young lives, and good humor of those who risked so much and dared so magnificently. The depth and breadth of research and writing are evident, making clear to readers that each astronaut contributed greatly to advancing the mission, though their lives were grievously brief. Recollections of them by their wives and children, and the remarkable tributes on the surface of the moon by fellow astronauts, are touching, and bring warmth and balance to stories otherwise forever lost in the sparkling magic of space travel and discovery.
"Fallen Astronauts" is a joy to read and adds a memorably eloquent dimension to the spectacular triumphs in space exploration.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 30, 2003
Format: Paperback
... until I read this book. With so many books out there about space flight, particularly the 1960s, I thought all the stories were told. But I was wrong.
This book tells the previously unknown stories of the men who would have been famous, if they hadn't died in tragic accidents before reaching their career peaks as astronauts and cosmonauts. Many have only been footnotes in the history books, and it is wonderful to see them finally come to life as fleshed-out humans, fascinating personalities whose lives were cut short all too soon. This is an essential book for anyone who thinks they had the whole story - they didn't, until now.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

Customer Images

Most Recent Customer Reviews

Search