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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 276 pages
  • Publisher: Crowell; 1st edition (1974)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0690004737
  • ISBN-13: 978-0690004731
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.6 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,092,749 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Thomas J. Burns VINE VOICE on August 2, 2002
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A hard-to-come-by collector's item, this work's legacy is not literary style. Stitched together like a cheap baseball, the book is co-authored [and I blush to use the term] by Mrs. Grissom and Henry Still, a newspaperman turned aerospace executive. Collaborations work successfully when each partner brings out the best of the other; when they fail, the literary result is akin to fingernails on a blackboard. In this work the authors are almost at cross-purposes. Still, in many respects, is the gung-ho space reporter who uses the work as his opportunity to get a space history on the record. Even allowing for age, this is a shoddy history of the space program. Still allots a single paragraph for the entire Apollo 8 mission and runs far afield from the personal doings of the Grissoms, not one of whom ever created ball bearings in Skylab, although that mechanical feat merits mention in the author's opinion. Only God knows why.
And what of Mrs. Grissom? "The tragic and heroic story of her husband and family caught up in America's race for the moon," as the cover proclaims, is told unevenly and superficially. I expected to encounter spleen from the wife of one of the space program's more perplexing, misunderstood, and maligned characters, and I would have said more power to her. Watch "The Right Stuff:" the Betty Grissom actress, with tears and rage, has it down pat as she screams "Are these the goodies? The military owes you, Gus, but they owe me, too." The real Mrs. Grissom, when she can extricate herself from her collaborator's self-aggrandizement, tells a blunted tale of marriage to a man whose mistress is indeed the military and the hard drinking jocular goodies of the test pilot world.
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14 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Gordon Reade on June 25, 2002
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Betty Grissom was furious when an official from North American Rockwell (the company that built the Apollo Command Module) suggested that her husband Gus may have been responsible for starting the fatal Apollo 1 fire by inadvertently kicking a bundle of wires beneath his couch. She felt - and I think justifiably - that the momory of her husband was being sullied.
But what of the memories of Gus' Apollo 1 crew mates, Edward White and Roger Chaffee? Betty makes a shocking revelation about those two. Gus was "so mad" with them because he couldn't get them to work! They were too busy wheeling and dealing with their business investments and playing to have any time left over to devote to Apollo! Chaffee was, and will always remain, an unknown commodity as he died before he had the chance to prove himself on a space flight. However as the first American to walk in space Ed White's reputation was made.
What I find absolutly incredible is the admission that Gus had lost control of his own crew. He had only two men as his subordinates, one of which was an American hero, and that was more then poor old Gus could handle! Deke Slayton wrote in his autobiography that had Gus lived he and not Neil Armstrong would have been the first man to walk on the moon. But if Gus was unable to command respect from Ed White what would have happened when he found himself with Buzz Aldrin as his Lunar Module Pilot?
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4 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Robert Barton on August 24, 2001
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A very sad story about how Americas race to the Moon destroyed a family.
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