Gus Grissom Selected as one of NASA's original Seven Mercury Astronauts, Gus Grissom would go on to become the first man to fly in space twice and later give his life to the NASA space program. This book unearths the story of Indiana's first astronaut by offering a more complete picture of Grissom's life and character and the events that led up to his death. Full descriptiGus Grissom Selected as one of NASA's original Seven Mercury Astronauts, Gus Grissom would go on to become the first man to fly in space twice and later give his life to the NASA space program. This book unearths the story of Indiana's first astronaut by offering a more complete picture of Grissom's life and character and the events that led up to his death. Full description...
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Gus Grissom: The Lost Astronaut Reviews
The gist I got from Grissom's bio was that he was a quiet, no-nonsense, get-the-job-done, and do it well, no need to brag or showboat, keep away from that limelight, but still have a damn good time, astronaut. My kinda dude.This book often took a defensive stance, essentially saying "Ok, you're probably reading this because of Tom Wolfe's The Right Stuff, and the follow up movie. Maybe NASA at first thought Gus prematurely blew the hatch on his Mercury spacecraft out of fear, but most don't think that any more, ok? Wolfe and Hollywood just liked stirring the pot. Who knows, maybe he did, but here are a hundred ways in which he was a badass who wouldn't dare do such a thing."I thought it was a little distracting and wish the author had told Grissom's story as-is, and maybe reference The Right Stuff and the ensuing fallout near the end of the book, in the pages talking about the years after his tragic death.It's a shame that we lost such a great, talented, brave man due to "launch fever" and poor workmanship. But the interesting point the authors makes is that had the accident not happened on the ground, but in space during its mission, the Apollo program would have likely been canceled right at the beginning as it would have been a complete mystery what went wrong. And then no big step for Neil, or anyone.Once again my hero Henri Landwirth, founder of Give Kids the World, makes an appearance. That's always cool.Per aspera ad astra.
Good read...for a biography, it was shorter and more concise!
The book: Gus Grissom: The Lost AstronautThe author: Ray E. Boomhower, author and historian from IndianaThe subject: A biography of Virgil I. "Gus" Grissom, one of the original Mercury Seven astronauts and first astronaut to fly into space twice, whose life was tragically caught short by a fire during a pre-launch test of the Apollo 1 command module.Why I chose it: I bought this from the (since closed) Science Museum's branch of Waterstones because astronauts are cool.The rating: Four out of five starsWhat I thought of it: Many people probably know of Gus Grissom as a result of Tom Wolfe's book "The Right Stuff" and the subsequent movie. Both of these came out after Grissom's death and were rather less respectful than they might have been of a man no longer around to defend himself. This book is far more appropriate and in-depth, covering Grissom's life from his childhood in Mitchell, Indiana, through his work as a test pilot, then an astronaut, through to his untimely demise and what happened after it.Boomhower managed to get a good balance between talking about Grissom's home life and his work life, so you get a full and rounded portrait of the man he was. There is a lot of technical detail communicated well, as well as anecdotes to stop it from being too dry. You get a real sense of how dedicated Grissom was to the space program, which makes his chronic bad luck while part of it even more saddening.I know a fair amount about NASA's early manned missions, but I learned some new stuff in this book. Perhaps not the most historically significant, but oddly most saddening to me, was that after Grissom's Liberty Bell 7 spacecraft almost sank as a result of the hatch blowing, his two young sons were bullied at school because it was reported that Grissom had panicked and opened the hatch prematurely. Kids, eh? (Incidentally, the evidence points towards Grissom having nothing to do with the hatch blowing; in fact, it seems like it may have been an issue with the hatch door not being adequately secured, which was rectified for later missions.)If you're interested in the history of human spaceflight, NASA or anything in that ballpark, I definitely recommend this book. Even if you're not, it's an absorbing account of the life of a space pioneer that is both sympathetic and realistic. You will come out of it with a far more rounded portrait of Grissom than other books have provided.Just one more thing: This picture. Just... this picture.(Alan Shepard on the left, Gus Grissom on the right. I think these suits must have been NASA issue.)
Not only a good book, but a necessary one as well. If you (like me) have read and watched a lot of material on astronauts and other important people involved in early manned space exploration, you will probably see a lot of quotes and details that are familiar to you. This isn't a knock on the book, as clearly the author has done his research. But there are plenty of details, especially in terms of local history and in the epilogue that I haven't seen talked about as much. That makes this a worthwhile read.
I really enjoyed this book. Boomhower did a great job of interviewing all of those who were contemperaries of Grissom, including other astronauts and his wife and family. Grissom is such an icon in Indiana and I really didn't know much about him, other than he died in a fire on the launch pad. Boomhower really digs into the kind of person he was and how dedicated he was to the space program. One of the things that I learned from this book is that the Apollo 1 tragedy was a double loss for Indiana, in that Roger Chafee was a Purdue grad.
Good book about Gus's life, and death. It doesn't get all buried in the space program stuff, though a lot of it takes place in that world - of course. If you have a fair background on the space program, you should be more than able to follow what's going on. A good read about one of the true heros of space exploration.
Reading about one of Indiana's heroes ( & "Mitchell's Own" ) made sense as I am an Indiana native. I was not disappointed. This book gives the reader a clear, honest prospective of the life of Virgil I. "Gus" Grissom. Author Ray Boomhower sheds light on Grissom's early years, his military service, his career with NASA & home life.
I've read a lot about NASA, mostly about the Apollo missions. This was a great overview of the Mercury and Gemini eras. Gus is a great example of someone who works hard for the greater good of others, a real servant leader.