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Fallen Astronauts: Heroes Who Died Reaching for the Moon Paperback – October 1, 2003
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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.
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.
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.
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well researched - soviets also lost men and some even today the us doesn't know about but was very interesting to readPublished 17 months ago by REBECCA
I bought this book because I was interested in the subject matter and because other reviewers praised it. Read morePublished on July 29, 2012 by R. F. Mojica
As a keen observer of the space program from Mercury through Apollo, I was very impressed by the scholarship and professionalism of this book. Read morePublished on April 18, 2008 by Amazon Customer
I'm keeping it short and sweet - If you want to know about the "unsung heroes" of the early space programs in the USA and former USSR, pick this book up and read it - you will see... Read morePublished on February 5, 2008 by Christopher M. Kramer
Another excellent book from Mr. Burgess. I especially enjoyed the great level of detail in this book. Mr. Read morePublished on August 23, 2007 by Delta Sigma
I read this book about three years ago, and enjoyed learning more about Elliot See, Ted Freeman, C.C. Williams, Ed Givens, Charlie Bassett, and Roger Chaffee. Read morePublished on July 2, 2007 by D. McSherry
If you grew up in the 1960s and could name every astronaut and recount the details of each Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo mission (or, if you didn't), this outstanding work is a very... Read morePublished on March 31, 2006 by Jeff A.
This was an EXCELLENT book!!! A lot of things history missed,,, we know most of the Grisson, White and Chaffee story but, I knew nothing about,,, Freeman or Givens (For example). Read morePublished on March 10, 2006 by J. B. Waggoner
"Fallen Astronauts" is a long overdue book on the astronauts and cosmonauts who died during the race to the moon. Read morePublished on October 28, 2005 by Robert I. Hedges