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We Have Capture: Tom Stafford and the Space Race Paperback – January 17, 2004
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“As American flight commander of the first ever rendezvous-in-space with the Soviets, Tom Stafford started raising the Iron Curtain. A great talent, a great career—and still involved!”—Senator John Glenn
“An intimate portrayal of space policy, especially its sometimes cantankerous, sometimes tranquil, but always interesting interactions between USA and USSR.”—Roger D. Launius, NASA Chief Historian
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Top Customer Reviews
- some decent "beginning" tales. I was hopeful that this would continue in such detail to give a full picture of the man. More on this later.
- Some excellent Gemini tales, particularly about himself, Grissom, and Schirra.
- Lots of post Apollo stuff, and interesting ASTP, ISS, and shuttle info. I personally was unaware of stafford's importance in the 90s in organizing various committeees to discuss NASA futures, and ISS, and think it's a shame that he declined the oppportunity to become NASA Admin.
- some more detail about alexei leonov, the great russian cosmonaut (and soviet space program in general) is sprinkled throughout the book, as he and Tom are very good buddies. There's an attempt to present their careers in parallel perspective - sometimes successfully, sometimes not. One nice piece is the Bondarenko bit - this has been reported by Oberg and others, but placed neatly in context here. Nice.
Where this book is no better
- most of the apollo era. Not much new here, little new insight.
Where this book fails to fully satisfy
- No deep insights or understandings or Mr Stafford himself. I'd wager he's a friendly-on-the-surface (certainly seems to get along with almost everyone) but hard-to-get-to-know-beyond type of fellow. Which is fine is all you want is space wonk stuff and policy info, which this book genrally delivers - but frustrating if you really want to understand the man, his families, and his friends. The bits about Faye and the astronaut wives felt tacked on - as if the authors had read Gene Cernan's book and decided "well we gotta follow suit here"...but did so half-heartedly.
- you have to put up with the usual par-for-the-course slightly egotistical way of looking at things.Read more ›
This book may also become a benchmark in the historiography of human spaceflight because of its insights into the American/Soviet relationship in space. There have been since the 1950s no two spaceflight programs that have been more closely tied than those of the United States and the Soviet Union/Russia, sometimes as rivals and at other instances as cooperative efforts. Stafford has played a key role in both the rivalry and the cooperation.Read more ›
This is a seriously good book about a true spaceflight pioneer, and a man who, while he might slip under the radar of most Americans, is an absolute legend of flight beyond our planet. Both authors are to be congratulated on creating this stirring and highly-recommended book.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Tom was very important to the Space Program. Book is warm and well written.Published 6 months ago by noname
This is a well written account of Tom Stafford's life as an astronaut. He reveals a lot of insight as to the inner workings of NASA and the space program. Read morePublished 6 months ago by B. Miller
A detailed look at the space program through the eyes of Astronaut Thomas P. Stafford. He was there for many of the major events of the space program and was instrumental in the... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Rick Amazon Customer
As a space tragic this provided me with an almost outsiders view to the space race. The General is subtle and careful with the personalities which is nice. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Jason Goodwin
I have read several astronaut autobiographies and space history books over the years. In my opinion, this book is the cream of the crop. Read morePublished 17 months ago by E. Taber
Great book. I loved the details about the USSR space programPublished 18 months ago by Amazon Customer
Makes you feel as if you were along for the ride during the excitement and tension of the space race.Published 21 months ago by Andrew Jacoby
I was present when General Tom Stafford spoke at Oral Roberts University in 1974. He explained his preparations for the upcoming Apollo-Soyuz Test Project he successfully carried... Read morePublished 22 months ago by Dr. Ph.