Rocketman: Astronaut Pete Conrad's Incredible Ride to the Moon and Beyond Hardcover – 3 May 2005
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That having been said, the innate likability of the man shines through the text. He was clearly not overly impressed with himself and understood his limitations and his humanity. Most of all his self-deprecating humour caught my imagination - a case in point is the plate showing a photo of his self-portrait in the sand. I wasn't previously aware of his personal struggle with dyslexia, which makes his acheivements in the cockpit all the greater and his appointment as an astronaut amazing. I had heard the story of the Mercury selection and Pete's description of the blank rorshach card from another Astronauts biography, however, it was listed as 'rumour'. I wonder if it is fact or posthumous hearsay.
Pete's life was hard, but only in comparison to his origins, many people start in abject poverty and have to struggle, although I do appreciate that his family's fall from wealth galvanised the man into refusing to quit at anything (Mercury selection and the dreaded electronic probe notwithstanding - hey even Braveheart would have said "to hell with this!"). I felt that some parts of the book were necessarily understated, particularly in dealing with the death of his son - it was an almost Forrest Gump moment, "That's all I have to say about that".Read more ›
A great account of a great character.
The book adopts an unusual format by alternating chapters telling his life story and space missions with chapters describing a record-breaking round the world jet flight he was involved in much later in his life. This doesn't work particularly well; further detail of his space career would have made better use of those pages.
Any posthumous biography like this will raise questions as to the authenticity of quotes and detail of conversations, but I for one started the book knowing little other than the fact that he commanded Apollo 12 but ended it thinking what a great guy.
Conrad knew his share of sadness. The pages dealing with the death of his son bring a lump to your throat, but the other tragedy is that the genuine good guy revealed by this book is no longer with us to tell his own tale.
All-in-all a very poor biography of one of the most colourful and potentially accessible characters in involved in the Space programme-and alas it's likely to be all we, the general public, will have specifically of the late, great Charles 'Pete' Conrad Jr.
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The man who coined 'sounds dangerous, count me in!' The ultimate pilot and required reading for anybody looking to fly military tidayPublished 6 months ago
This is one of the slightest books on Apollo astronauts. If feels like it skirts over a lot, there's not much meat on the bones. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Robert J Mitchell
Of the many books written of 60s NASA endeavours, this truly stands out. You get to know a great deal about Pete Conrad and his amazing 'rides' in incredibly complex machinery, not... Read morePublished on 20 May 2014 by Terry S
I really wanted this to be a good book; but I was disappointed. Like a couple of the other reviews of this book, I found the narrative style the author uses awkward and... Read morePublished on 1 July 2007 by Peter Turner
Having read about the Apollo 12 relationships elsewhere (Chalkin, Moondust, and especially Al Bean's book*) I dived into this book hoping to hear more of the most likeable man in... Read morePublished on 8 July 2006 by Mr. G. Dobson
Pete Conrad's life as the most colourful astronaut of the Gemini/Apollo/Skylab era provides enough material alone for a marvellous book, (the only one who lived up to the... Read morePublished on 3 Jun. 2006 by a reader from Dorset