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Oct 03, 2000
| ISBN 9780553581577
Dec 14, 1999
| ISBN 9780553896855
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Oct 03, 2000 | ISBN 9780553581577
Dec 14, 1999 | ISBN 9780553896855
He was the first astronaut to orbit the Earth. Nearly four decades later, as the world’s oldest astronaut, his courage reveted a nation. But these two historical events only bracketed a life that covers the sweep of an extraordinary century.John Glenn’s autobiography spans the seminal events of the twentieth century. It is a story that begins with his childhood in Ohio where he learned the importance of family, community, and patriotism. He took these values with him as a marine fighter pilot during World War II and into the skies over Korea, for which he would be decorated. Always a gifted flier, it was during the war that he contemplated the unlimited possibilities of aviation and its frontiers.We see the early days of NASA, where he first served as a backup pilot for astronauts Alan Shepard and Gus Grissom. In 1962 Glenn piloted the Mercury-Atlas 6 Friendship 7 spacecraft on the first manned orbital mission of the United States. Then came several years in international business, followed by a twenty-four year career as a U.S. Senator-and in 1998 a return to space for his remarkable Discover mission at the age of seventy-seven.
John Glenn spent most of his life in public service, as a distinguished U.S. senator and a veteran of twenty-three… More about John Glenn
Nick Taylor is the author of seven nonfiction books and collaborated with John Glenn on his memoir. He lives in… More about Nick Taylor
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