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- Listening Length: 6 hours
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Naval Institute Press
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 2 Nov. 2000
- Language: English
- ASIN: B002SQDB8W
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Wally Schirra was in at the beginning and came out at the top - from a one-man short jaunt in Mercury , through Gemini and to the first check- out of the Apollo CM/SM combo on Apollo 7 .
Here , he gives his view in a fashion that you would expect if you have already read of his reputation . Wally Schirra gives a no nonsense narrative of his history and experiences , but the well-documented humour and mischief of the man is not lacking and this is by no measure a book purely for the space officianado .
It contains enough pace and daring-do for most people to caught up in story , and any autobiography fans will like the book too .
Perhaps this book (being published originally some time ago)is not as up to dat eas some similar titles (vis , Cernan`s excellant "Last Man On The Moon")nor may it have been written by a man whose name readily trips off the tongue as others of the astronaut alumni , but it will be an asset to anyones library of space-related history .
A good solid read . If you enjoy it , why not try Michael Collin`s "Carrying The Fire" or Buzz Aldrin`s "Men From Earth" ?
We learn of Schirra's navy aviation career, and the skills he developed show through in his clever descriptions of some of the complexities of space flight. He is quick to tell us of his pride in his membership of the Society of Experimental Test Pilots. Indeed, many a reader will be pleased that this book is firmly about Schirra's experiences of flying and being an astronaut, with few of the family stories which fill out many an astronaut biography.
The moon race buff will be interested to read Schirra's assertion that his Gemini mission, rather than his Mercury or Apollo flights, was his greatest accomplishment. It is telling, and accurate, that he titles the Gemini section of the book "Bridge to the Moon", affording due respect to that critical but much underrated part of the NASA lunar programme.
He praises others - fellow Mercury astronauts, pad leader Guenter Wendt, etc. - and limits criticism to situations and events, rather than individuals, viz his version of what happened with Mission Control during Apollo 7. In Schirra's comments on the disaster of Apollo 1, we perceive how he dealt with the death of colleagues: never thinking about it, despite the risks, but when it happens, mourning and then moving on.
The book carries a good selection of 36 black-and-white photos, including some rare ones, though they're not particularly well reproduced in this paperback edition.
Many of the early pioneers have written biographies about their time in the programme and they would all, naturally, focus on aspects important to the individual writer. He felt that a lot was missing from this account, namely background to some of the controversial decisions Schirra made on the Apollo flight.
This was a bit of a plod instead of an avid read.
Gemini and Apollo as well. This shows how he moved with the times and left no stone unturned as a commander. Book reads well. One of the better astronaut reads.
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