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Deke ! U.S. Manned Space From Mercury To the Shuttle Paperback – June 15, 1995
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Thomas J. Frieling, Bainbridge Coll., Ga.
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This is his story, from his childhood through to his work with Space Services, trying to establish an independent launch capability from NASA's government rockets.
Of course, the key part is his career with NASA, from being selected as a Mercury astronaut through Gemini and Apollo and finally getting to fly on Apollo-Soyuz. It's a unique inside viewpoint, and he tells it with frank detail. A little more polished than Gene Kranz's book, it ends up coming across as a bit more matter-of-fact and less from the heart, though no less upfront for all that. In particular, the recounting of the Apollo 1 fire is less rending than Kranz's.
Interspersed with the autobiography are interesting bits entitled "Other Voices," as his colleagues and, in a couple of instances, his son give their perspective on a particular incident or situation. It makes for an interesting enhancement to the main text and most worthwhile.
Along with Kranz's book, this is another must-have memoir of the golden age of NASA,
So he steps up and builds the Astronaut Liason office, basically making sure that the astronauts become part of mission objective developement teams, making sure that the astronauts get all of the training they can stand, and he's also the one assigning men to teams and teams to flights.
It's his job to get to know each of the astronauts well enough to (with the help of others, granted) decide who goes where and in what capacity. To make sure there aren't personality conflits with the boys on the same flights, to make sure that there is always someone else trained so that when something goes wrong, someone else can step in. What an amazing amount of pressure.
And he did write about the things that go wrong. He wrote about the airplane accidents that took the lives of several astronauts and how as a close group of workmates they had to cope and keep going. He wrote about Apollo I. He hand picked the men who would be in that tin can the day of the plugs out test. One of them Virgil (Gus) Grissom, who was a member of the "Original 7" with Deke and a good friend.
This book wasn't just about the manned space program, though that was certainly the focus, it was a autobiography written by a man who knows that he has cancer and is taking advantage of the time left to him to tell his story in his own words (though it is co-written). It is a well told story and a very interesting perspective to have.Read more ›
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Very good book from one of the Original 7. Although he did not fly until later, he still has a great story and made contributions to the space programPublished 1 month ago by Joe
Along with Mike Collins' "Carrying the Fire", this ranks as one of the best written, interesting, and informative books about the Apollo-era space program, this time from... Read morePublished 4 months ago by MRP
Very interesting to know the perspective of one of the original Mercury Seven astronauts who did not get to go to space till Apollo - Soyuz, but who led the astronaut program from... Read morePublished 6 months ago by percyryberg
Biggest problem with this book is it's too short. It's an insightful read of a key figure in the early space program. Read morePublished 7 months ago by John
The section on business had too many abbreviations in it. I loved the story of his life, though. Deke was a solid American.Published 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
I have read the most there is about the early space program, and this one is the most honest, no bull version of the story yet.Published 11 months ago by Kevin Aslaksen
Deke was ripped off. Should have been able to fly on one of the original Mercury shots. Enjoyed the book a lot.Published 11 months ago by Alan C.
The book itself is great, it was a little distracting that there were so many words misspelled. Not a reflection on Deke as much as it is on the editor of this book. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Guy Priest