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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster (January 12, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1439181039
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439181034
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.1 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #378,866 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Cut of the same stone as Columbus, Magellan, Daniel Boone, Orville and Wilbur Wright...the seven astronauts of Project Mercury were winnowed out by the most searching tests man could devise and machine could execute." -- Time

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As part of the Mercury Seven, M. Scott Carpenter became one of America's first astronauts.

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By wogan TOP 100 REVIEWER on January 29, 2010
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`We Seven' is a period piece. It was first published in 1962 and has been relatively hard to find for several years except as a used book. My one and only complaint about this reissue is that there is no new introduction - it is presented simply as it was published, which for some might be confusing; i.e. writing about the seven astronauts as if they were all still alive. There is an introduction by 'Life' and some black and white photographs and a detailed index.
What it does show is all the hope and naiveté of the time and the men involved, the mind set of the military and NASA then and all the hope and pride that went with it. It is indeed interesting to read again or for the first time. There is much emphasis on John Glenn, he seems to give longer and more detailed interviews. That is also what is fascinating about this account, it is the astronaut's words themselves; although one should be aware if you cannot tell that these are the public interviews. There is none of the gossip of private lives or complaints of operational conditions. Even the stories of failures, Gus Grissom's loss of his space capsule is dealt with as a disappointing accident as it was presented at the time: "at least we did not hide information like the Russians did concerning their space program".
Each of the seven tell of how they were chosen, how they worked together and were a team that brought America into space. These men, both the astronauts themselves and the NASA technicians that launched them are passing out of our lives. Only two of the original seven are left John Glenn and Scott Carpenter. (Oct. 2013...and now there is 1 ...
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By space nut on November 2, 2010
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Excellent book! Very readable. I've read many space program books and there were things I learnt. This book provides a snapshot in time (post mercury, pre gemini?) that becomes more valuable as the years go by. It is also interesting reading between the lines regarding the group dynamic. Not the book for any hard-hitting revelations though. Recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By pmckinnon on April 28, 2014
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I suggested this book for my book club, so we'll see if anyone agrees with me..... I liked to hear from the men themselves. It was so interesting to read of their backgrounds, education, and experience, which all contributed to the successfull inception of our space program. It was more detailed and technical than I had expected, but I found it enjoyable to read about the equipment and missions in deail. The account of these missions told in their own words was refreshing and enjoyable. These were great men, doing great work, and their pride in the work they performed was evident. I came away grateful for the work done at NASA, and looking for more information. That's what a good book is supposed to do.
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