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The last solo space heroes,
This review is from: We Seven: By the Astronauts Themselves (Paperback)`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 ...Godspeed Scott Carpenter)
There are many books on the astronauts, many wrote their own individual stories, but this stands out as a singularity, one that was written in the pride of a moment, before Gemini, before Apollo; before the tragic fire that took Gus Grissom, Chaffe and White's life and before the destruction of two space shuttles that made many question NASA and the space program. The stories of the last solo space heroes' time of triumph still deserves to be heard and read.