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1. Light This Candle: The Life and
2. From ACT UP to the WTO: Urban
3. Alan Shepard, the First American
4. Alan Shepard: The First American
5. Light This Candle: The Life &
6. Alan Shepard: Higher and Faster
7. Pu der Bär / Pu baut ein Haus.
8. Marlowe's Soldiers: Rhetorics
9. Southern Women Playwrights: New
10. Moon Shot: The Inside Story of
11. Coming to Class: Pedagogy and
12. We Seven
13. SHEPARD, ALAN B. (1923-1998):
14. Man into space (Pyramid books)
15. Shepard, Alan: An entry from Macmillan
16. 1961 in Space Exploration: Yuri
17. Alan Barlett Shepard Jr.: An entry
18. Mercury-Besatzung: Virgil Grissom,
19. Moon Shot [Signed by Alan Shepard]
20. Vol En Solitaire: Youri Gagarine,

1. Light This Candle: The Life and Times of Alan Shepard
by Neal Thompson
Paperback: 560 Pages (2005-03-22)
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Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Alan Shepard was the brashest, cockiest, and most flamboyant of America’s original Mercury Seven, but he was also regarded as the best. Intense, colorful, and dramatic, he was among the most private of America’s public figures and, until his death in 1998, he guarded the story of his life zealously.

Light This Candle, based on Neal Thompson’s exclusive access to private papers and interviews with Shepard’s family and closest friends—including John Glenn, Wally Schirra, and Gordon Cooper—offers a riveting, action-packed account of Shepard’s life. ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars Missing link
I've read many books about the early days of space travel, and while I did enjoy Mr. Thompson's book, some incorrect information bugged me. Mr. Thompson referred to the second group of astronauts as the "Next Nine". Did anyone In all my reading, they were always called the "New Nine". He wrote that HAM endured electrical shocks when his capsule malfunctioned. HAM's capsule did have problems and his landing was off course, but it was Enos who suffered the shocks - even when he pushed the levers correctly. Enos was the "pissed off" chimp, not HAM. I realize this book was about Alan Shepard but Mr. Thompson's inaccuracies made me wonder about his overall research.

5-0 out of 5 stars compelling story
This well written book tells the story of astronaut Allan Sheppard,a man of great talent and courage who, as one of the original Mercury Seven astronauts who were all called heroes beforethey ever went into space. Sdeppard was a man of contradictions - a national hero with a huge ego but very shy, a devoted husband and father who chased every skirt when away from home. Thompson did a greatjob, I could not put the bookdown!

5-0 out of 5 stars Real life - not hero worship
I have read many books from the early days of the US Space program and this one really stands out as telling it like it was.Instead of the idoltary and homespun heroes of "The Right Stuff", this book tells the story of a man who was the first American in space.Very well written and revealing of the good and the bad from Alan Shepard.While there's great detail on the space program, Shepards' early life and the influences that made him the man he was were well explained.

5-0 out of 5 stars What a Mess
You might not like Alan Shepard when you've finished, but you'll love this book.Couldn't put it down.

5-0 out of 5 stars A fascinating perspective of an interesting man
I can't imagine the vast amount of research that went into this biography, but it was well worth the time and effort. The book is packed with detail, humor, and antecdotes that help the reader to really understand the good, the bad, and the ugly about Alan Shepard. The writer manages to invoke admiration for Shepard even when describing him at his very worst. This was definitely (along with Chris Kraft's autobiography) one of the most interesting and entertaining accounts of a legendary figure in America's race for the moon. ... Read more

2. From ACT UP to the WTO: Urban Protest and Community Building in the Era of Globalization
Hardcover: 360 Pages (2002-08)
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In March 1987 a radical coalition of queer activists converged on Wall Street—their target, 'Business, Big Business, Business as Usual!!!' It was ACT UP's first demonstration. In November 1999 a radical coalition of environmental, labor, anarchist, queer, and human rights activists converged in Seattle—their target was similar, a system of global capitalism. Between 1987 and 1999 a new project in activism had emerged unshackled from past ghosts. Through innovative use of civil rights' era non-violent disobedience, guerrilla theatre, and sophisticated media work, ACT UP has helped transform the world of activism. This anthology offers a history of ACT UP for a new generation of activists and students. It is divided into five sections which address the new social movements, the use of street theater to reclaim public space, queer and sexual politics, new media/electronic civil disobedience, and race and community building. Contributions range across a diverse spectrum: The Northwest Bronx Community and Clergy Coalition, Jubilee 2000, Students for an Undemocratic Society, Fed Up Queers, Gender Identity Center of Colorado, Triangle Foundation, Jacks of Color, National Coalition for Sexual Freedom, Lower East Side Collective, Community Labor Coalition, Church of Stop-Shopping, Indy Media Collective, Black Radical Congress, The Theater of the Oppressed Laboratory, Adelante Street Theater; HealthGAP, Housing Works, SexPanic! and, of course, ACT UP itself. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Insightful book on the modern history of activism
What a wonderful addition to my library. This book offers an insightful discourse on the history and praxis of modern activism.

5-0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, radical, art-activist radical social change
A fascinating, useful, comprehensive look at (mostly) Global North movements variously described as prefigurative politics, autogestion, precariousness, people-powered movements and radical social change. Landmark essays and recountings of key ideas and events in radical movements for global justice, queer rights, racial justice, environmental justice and public commons. All the rockstar organizations are here, in their most accessible and unpretentious forms: ACT-UP, Black Radical Congress, Students Against Sweatshops, Reclaim the Streets, Indymedia, Rev. Billy and the Church of Stop Shopping, SexPanic!, Theatre of the Oppressed, Billionaires for Bush, Lower East Side Collective, and dozens of others. Nonviolent resistance, direct action, guerilla theatre, art-as-activism -- a brilliant reader and overview of the movements for social justice within the Global North.

5-0 out of 5 stars Queering the movementfor global justice!
This is one amazing, fabulous book, rich with people's history and political analysis, thoroughly debunking the myth that the anti-globalization movement is strictly a middle-class white, male, heterosexual phenomenon. As a young radical queer male living with AIDS, I especially enjoyed how the authors interlinked the struggle for economic justice with the fight for sexual freedom. From community gardens to ACT UP to the Battle of Seattle, this book brilliantly documents the social imagination of this movement of movements. Without a doubt, this is one of the best books on the global justice movement around, a definitive activist masterpiece!

1-0 out of 5 stars is there a link?
Some of the essays in this book are excellent, providing real life evidence of efforts to build community power through documenting struggles on a local level. Still on a whole this book represents an assemblage of popular kitch.Shepard and Hayduk don't seem to provide any unifying theme other than the fact that various groups are organizing.Does the ACT-UP struggle resemble community labor coalition organizing?What are the differences between the so called "Urban Protest and Community Building."The derivative nature of the collection is clear to this reader since I found much of the work widely available elsewhere.The editors effort is commendable but a better project would have linked the movements in a coherent fashion.I certainly think that each of the sundry efforts are interesting, but they do not add up to any trend.The authors mix and match organizing that does not help me in understanding the various trajectories presented in the essays that are on the whole fairly interesting but taken together do not show any semblance of coherence.

Yes some of the movements intersect, but none of them seem to connect.Think about it: do ACT-Up, the Seattle protest of 1999, transgender activism, a protest against the murder of Matthew Shepard, pro-choice activists, worker organizing, etc. relate in any way other than tangentially?Another serious omission is the failure to include race as a serious issue in the contemporary era.
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3. Alan Shepard, the First American in Space (Taking Part Books)
by Paul Westman, Todd Grande
 Library Binding: 47 Pages (1980-01)
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Traces the life of the first American in space from his New England boyhood to his walk on the moon. ... Read more

4. Alan Shepard: The First American in Space (The Library of Astronaut Biographies)
by Tamra Orr
 Library Binding: 112 Pages (2004-02)
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5. Light This Candle: The Life & Times of Alan Shepard--America's First Spaceman
by Neal Thompson
Hardcover: 464 Pages (2004-03-23)
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lan Shepard was the brashest, cockiest, and most flamboyant of America’s original Mercury Seven, but he was also regarded as the best. Intense, colorful, and dramatic—the man who hit a golf ball on the moon—he was among the most private of America’s public figures and, until his death in 1998, he guarded the story of his life zealously.

Light This Candle, based on Neal Thompson’s exclusive access to private papers and interviews with Shepard’s family and closest friends—including John Glenn, Wally Schirra, and Gordon Cooper—offers a riveting, action-packed account of Shepard’s life. Among the first men to fly off aircraft carriers, he was one of the most fearless test pilots. He endured long separations from his devoted wife and three daughters to fly dangerous missions, working his way up the ranks despite clashes with authority over his brazen flying maneuvers and penchant for risky pranks. Hugely competitive, he beat out John Glenn for the first Mercury spaceflight and then overcame a rare illness to return to space again on Apollo 14.

He took every challenge head-on and seemed to win every time.

Long overdue, Light This Candle is a candid and inspiring account of a bold American life. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Well balanced strenghts and weakness of Alan Shepard. Unnessesary profanity
Light This Candle is a good book on Alan Shepard. Its well balanced describing Shepard's strengths and accomplishments but also describes his weakness and dark side. Its 446 pages...399 pages of actual reading.Good pictures too. Its well written and fast paced. You wont get board reading this book.

I really liked the part of Shepard earning his gold Navy Aviator wings by finally having to land 6 times on an aircraft carrier. Shepard's father in an Army Colonel uniform is there to see him do it and take pictures. Both men are so proud. I'm ex Navy. On the carrier USS Independence CV 62 I used to make LOX for the fliers and sometimes watched the planes on CC TV as the pilots landed on the carrier. So dangerous for both the pilots and flight deck crew. Night landing in bad weather on a carrier is the supreme accomplishment skill of a pilot. Shepard was one of the first to do it.

We see Shepard accepted to the Annapolis Navy Academy.Alan had a sense of humor and played pranks on upperclassmen and always thought he was as good as them or better. He puts on muscle on his slender frame and trains so hard to get on the varsity rowing team. Alan steals Louise from her boyfriend, takes her to the big Letterman's ball and eventually marries her. Alan graduated in the middle of his class as he didn't try 100% and wanted to chase woman, party and have fun. He graduated in 3 years because of WW2.

He is a loving husband when he is home. Louise and him raise a fine family. However when onNavy assignments he chases women and hasaffairs. Louise knew he was unfaithful but both loved each other and stayed married for over 50 years.Alan loved fast cars, fast women, drinking, whoring around with his fly buddies and grabbed as much fun and gusto in life he could.

Shepard'smetal is tested in WW2 on a destroyer. He is assigned as a gunnery officer and sees lots of Kamikaze Japanese attacks. So much war horror. His unit is decorated. Eventually he gets pilot training but almost gets bumped out for not performing well. He takes private lessons and gets his private pilot license and then settles down and concentrates and finally does much better.He passes andearns his wings with 6 carrier landings all perfect. He misses his chance for air combat action in Korea. His future friend and competitor John Glenn shoots down 3 Migs.

Alan gets selected to Pax the Navy's test pilot program. He flies many different fast jets and becomes one of the Navy's best pilots. He is a show off hot dog that almost gets court marshaled for flying low and showing off. Throughout his career Shepard made friends with powerful people. His flying friend saves Shepard from the wrath of an Admiral that wanted him thrown out of the Navy.

Alan sees Sputnik in the sky and thinks to get in the new space program. He is selected as one of the original Mercury 7 and becomes America's first man in space. John Glenn is furious as he wanted to be number 1. We see Shepard as extremely competitive, cocky thinking he is the best of the best with a gigantic ego. The fact was he probably was the best.

Alan fought a hearing disease that had him grounded for years in the space program. Later he gets operated on and is cleared to fly. He is so competitive and cutthroat. After much training and internal political bumping other astronauts is the commander of Apollo 14 and is number 5 on the moon. He helps in experiments and taking very old rock samples. He is the oldest (47) to be on the moon and busts his butt working on the moon. He is exhausted. Such courage and determination. A true hero. He is famous for his moon golf shot. Many of the Apollo flights are described. Fascinating stuff.

The book has manymore great passages of Shepard. Shepard advances in rank and eventually becomes a Rear Admiral. Shepard retires. The Navy is pissed. They wanted him to stay in and have a a high profile position.Alan becomes a wealthy business man and finally starts to mellow out and opening up to people. He does lots of charity work and gives lots of money to a charity for killed Astronaut's wifes and kids and other charities. Alan and Louise plays lots of golf, travel and are friends with many celebrities and powerful people.Sheppard gets sick, fights leukemia and passes away at 74. His loving Louise wife of over 50 years dies of a heart attack at 5PM on a plane 5 weeks after Alan dies. This is when Alan always called Louise from work letting her know he was OK. Eerie.

Being ex Navy I'm used to profanity and most times it does not offend me. Thompson's book has some profanity to make it macho. The book is good enough to not need it.As a 13 year old I hero worshipped the astronauts. Maybe my grandkids will too. I know they will be exposed to profanity but its not necessary to see the F bomb and more in this book. Ill keep it in the adult section of the family library until their Mom says its OK for them to read it.

Alan Shepard was NO saint and much of his actions I do not approve of and I would not want my kids growing up like that. However he was a true hero with many accomplishments and charity work I would be extremely proud of. A complex man who enjoyed life and grabbed all the gusto he could. Recommend this book 4 stars

4-0 out of 5 stars Light This Candle: The Life & Times of Alan Shepard-America's First Spaceman (Hardcover)-Great Gossip!
I feel this great book rates only four stars (rather than five) only because some of the technical information was badly in error. It is clear to me that this book is for folks interested in the "astronaut human relations" aspects of the Mercury program and is filled with lots of great gossip about our original seven astronauts.I read WE SEVEN when it was first published in 1962 and it was pure NASA "PR" as far as granting grades to the astronauts for "WORKING AND PLAYING WELL WITH OTHERS". Although technically, WE SEVEN was a very perfect book, NASA PR ruled in those early days. We now know that the astronauts were very human and although willing to put their lives on the line, capable of making an error at times.

Since this book was very enjoyable to read I give it four stars. I do not recommend it for people who will get distracted by the erroneous technical information it contains, which reflects negatively on the authorsknowledge of space science and orbital mechanics.

Great gossip includes:

1) When Shepard was selected by NASA for the first suborbital flight, Glenn went on a letter writing campaign to NASA managers to be substituted for Shepard. Glenn was really upset with the selection and Shepard's alleged womanizing!

2) When Shepard worked with Slayton as managers, they bumped Cooper so Shepard could jump line for a flight to the Moon.

3) Cooper quit NASA partially as a result of Shepard's line jumping.

4) Scott Carpenter was essentially drummed out of the astronaut core as a result of his (250 mile) overshoot, and a particular flight controller who was very unhappy with Carpenter's performance.

5) Much more!

2-0 out of 5 stars Interesting Tid Bits and Lot's of Inaccuracies
I was looking forward to reading this bioagraphy having read most of the biographies of the American Astronauts that are out there along with many histories of the Space Program. Having grown up in the 60's and 70's I also followed the program intently. However, upon reading this I was both disappointed and sceptical about the accuracy of what the book contained. Factual error after error constantly gnawed away at any faith that what I was reading was to be believed. Others have pointed out errors I missed like Grissom's pick up though I suspected things weren't as I recalled (I knew there was more than one helicopter), so I'll add these corrections: The developement of the Saturn 5 was not a result of the Apollo 1 fire ( the Saturn 5 was always the vehicle intended for the lunar flights and were being built); Glenn's landing bag did,'t deploy (this is never made clear); the Soviets did not rendezvous two two man spacecraft ( they only launched two single passenger Vostoks in similar orbital planes that resulted in their passing within a few miles of each other and the Gemini 8 docking is never mentioned). The author has obviously read most of the same books I have and and used them for most of his research and many incidents recounted bore a striking resemblance to scenes from Tom Hank's "From the Earth To the Moon" series.
All in all a bit of a disappointment

3-0 out of 5 stars Hugely redundant, often incorrect
Not much about Al Shepard that isn't already in other books
and movies. And just plain wrong on obvious things like
Grissom's pickup --which is on tape. How do you screw
something like that up? Short on technical details
and a lot of rehash on the Glen rivalry.

The constant repetitive mentioning of Al's sexual business is a bit weird.
Especially since only two real instances are mentioned in the book,
and neither of them involved sex. The supposed suppressed T.J. scandal
(John Glenn saves the day) is total horsecrap too, never happened.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Highs, Lows, and In-Betweens of Alan B. Shepard
Surprise of surprises. Amid the clutter of hastily-written self-serving memoirs from the early days of the space program, finally there appears something akin to solid history and literary proficiency. Neal Thompson was a Baltimore reporter when Alan Shepard died in 1998 of leukemia. Assigned to write an obituary, Thompson discovered that no first rate biography of the United State's first spaceman was then in print. Sensing an opportunity, Thompson, a free lance writer, began a six-year research project and produced a highly respectable treatment of a very private man. What had been known about Shepard were primarily his great successes and his notable shortcomings. Johnson tackles the great middle--and the puzzle that was Alan Shepard now begins to make sense.

In truth, there is probably misunderstanding about all of the early astronaut heroes, as if each was assigned a role in a bigger cosmic drama. Scotty Carpenter will always be the house philosopher, Gordo Cooper the hotdog, Gus Grissom the curmudgeon. Shepard's role was to be first, the best, the winner of a grueling marathon to ride the Redstone rocket--tiny by today's standards--for fifteen minutes on May 5, 1961. Given the unpredictability of the rockets of that era, the greater risk to the astronaut was on the ground than in space. This fact was appreciated in 1961, and being chosen number one was a statement from his superiors about his fortitude as much as his mastery of flying and technology.

Alan Shepard was born in 1923 in Derry, NH, to a somewhat removed, demanding father. Young Shepard inherited a fierce competitiveness and an independence that allowed him to pursue personal goals with little concern about his impression on others. This latter quality, to his advantage, is what set him apart from his archrival John Glenn, who did worry about public relations. Shepard was one of those rare men who had his cake and ate it, too: he achieved remarkable career goals while entertaining himself along the way with what can only be called oppositional defiance. In a strange twist of history, he actually pulled off the mischief that has always been attached to others like Gordon Cooper.

In this regard Thompson studies Shepard's military misbehavior and his philandering. The author's account of the future astronaut's brushes with military authority is detailed and rather surprising. One comes away with a sense that the New Hampshire flyboy's skills as a naval test pilot must have been noteworthy, outweighing numerous dangerous incidents of "flat-hatting" or strafing civilians on the ground. His cheating on his virtuous and devoted wife Louise--a spouse of the Lady Bird Johnson mold--is a blotch that time will probably not erase. Thompson does observe that Shepard's amorous sorties off the reservation were adolescent in nature; the astronaut apparently never engaged in any sort of long term relationship in which Louise was displaced.

Although there is in this work a lot about Shepard to dislike, the author clearly strove for a balanced presentation. Shepard appears to have made his peace with Glenn at the time of the Freedom Seven flight. After retirement he demonstrated a better than average interest in philanthropy and seems to have worked harder in his later years to enrich his marriage with Louise. Perhaps best known is his decade long battle with Meniere's Disease, and later with a form of leukemia. In some ways the Meniere's was more of a psychological jolt, coming as it did at the beginning of the Gemini, and ultimately, the Apollo Programs. Whatever his colleagues felt about him, Shepard was widely respected in the NASA management circle for outstanding cape com work in the troubled Carpenter and Cooper flights. With Glenn, his chief rival, out of the picture due to a head injury and political considerations, Shepard was the logical choice to command the maiden voyages of these new craft--and by implication become the first man to walk on the moon.

But this was not to be. For nearly a decade Shepard lost his license to fly any type of aircraft due to balance impairment [and other less known medical problems brought to light by the author.] Did he take this forced grounding graciously? Admittedly not. But the author assesses this period of Shepard's career with more depth than other commentators. He notes, for example, that Shepard had burned his bridges with the Navy by joining NASA and could not return to what seemed to be a straight road to admiralty status. While the Navy was no longer an option, Shepard was proving himself to be a better than average business man and becoming independently wealthy. Freed of aviator-astronaut responsibilities, he could have lived a highly lucrative lifestyle.

But he stayed with NASA, a nasty Don Quixote. Only a man in similar straits like Deke Slayton, himself medically grounded from space travel, could have understood and tolerated his subaltern's angry depression which alienated other astronauts in the program and at times rendered him a public relations nightmare. What sustained him through his bureaucratic Siberia was the desire to return to active status, but perhaps more strongly a desire to conquer his own medical problem. Shepard would admit that his selection for the first Mercury flight was the professional highlight of his career. Reinstatement to flight status for Apollo was for him a personal triumph of a different sort,

Shepard was due for some luck. Experimental surgery put him on line for Apollo 13, but management bumped him to 14 to absorb training and thus he avoided the near catastrophic events of unlucky 13. Shepard seemed grateful to be back--choosing for his Apollo 14 crew Stu Roosa, who had defined the art of avoiding Shepard in company hallways. Apollo 14 survived at least three mission-threatening crises on its way to the world's most famous tee shot. What the author shares about the moon landing mission is one of its least known achievements: it brought its commander to tears. ... Read more

6. Alan Shepard: Higher and Faster (Heroes of History)
by Janet Benge
Paperback: 240 Pages (2007-09-01)
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Fascinated with flight since childhood, Alan Shepard's life-long passion led him from constructing model planes in his grandfather's basement to attaining national hero status as the first American launched into space. Hailed as "America's Lindbergh of Space," Shepard's achievements in aviation, business, and philanthropy inspire all who dare to live their dreams (1923-1998).

Heroes of History is a unique biography series that brings the shaping of history to life with the remarkable true stories of fascinating men and women who changed the course of history.

The stories of Heroes of History are told in an engaging narrative format, where related history, geography, government, and science topics come to life and make a lasting impression. This is a premier biography line for the entire family. ... Read more

7. Pu der Bär / Pu baut ein Haus.
by Alan Alexander Milne, Ernest H. Shepard
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8. Marlowe's Soldiers: Rhetorics of Masculinity in the Age of the Armada
by Alan Shepard
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In the topsy-turvy 1580s and 1590s, as the episodic Anglo-Spanish war became the greatest threat to "English" security since circa 1066, Marlowe rose up in the London theatres like some Phaeton of the entertainment industry, taking war itself as a central subject of his art. This book reads his plays - especially "Tamburlaine", "Edward II", "The Massacre at Paris", and "Doctor Faustus" - as part of a bright new conversation then taking place in London about the nature of state security and martial law, the decorum of playing "the soldier" on stage, the rhetoric of warfever, and the necessity for draconian prescriptions about English manhood. Those public conversations, spilling out of Whitehall, the church pulpits, and the pubs, took center stage during the few years the playwright worked in London. Shepard argues that the Marlowe plays wrestle with the philosophical assumptions about the nature of war and the role and status of soldiers in English culture that were being embedded in those years in contemporary military handbooks penned by veterans of war, in homilies, royal proclamations, poems, pamphlets, and other plays, Shakespeare's included.Drawing on early modern theories and uses of classical rhetoric, stage history, queer theory, historicist strategies and even magical realism, "Marlowe's Soldiers" investigates how and why Marlowe's plays make entertainment of a wealth of historically and geopolitically divergent fantasies about martial law and its discontents. ... Read more

9. Southern Women Playwrights: New Essays in History and Criticism
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10. Moon Shot: The Inside Story of America's Race to the Moon
by Alan Shepard, Deke Slayton
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It is 25 years since Neil Armstrong made man's first triumphant lunar landing. Now Alan Shepard and Deke Slayton, two pioneering astronaughts, reveal the human cost of the bitter struggle between the Superpowers to be first on the moon. In this unique first-hand account of the space race the authors dislose facts about events that made headlines across the world including the hideous truth about Apollo 1 and a navigation error that nearly resulted in Neil Armstrong and his crew being stranded on the moon in Apollo 11. And yet this book is also a powerful story of intense human drama, focusing on the men behind the heroes - the successes, the disappointments and even the tragedies that shaped the world of those men that risked everything to launch and fly America's spaceships. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A little bit of space fights from Mercury to Apollo -Soyuz. Deke and Alan Shepard's fight for flights
Moon Shot is a great book. An easy read with good pictures. I've already read Deke about Deke Slayton and Light This Candle about Alan Shepard. I liked those books too. I've read many of the astronaut books...check my reviews.

Moon Shot gives a little run down about each of the Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo flights. Also Moon Shot goes a little into the Astronauts and some of the Cosmonauts lives too.

We see both Deke Slayton (Air Force pilot) and Alan Shepard (Navy aviator) are super hot shot fliers and become jet test pilots. Both get secret orders to report to the new NASA. Both pass the mustard, are the best of the best and become Mercury 7 astronauts.

The two themes of the book are the race between the US and Russia for space dominance and both astronauts getting grounded and their fights to get back into space.Deke had a heart fibrillation and Alan had an inner ear loss of balance disease.

Alan becomes America's first man in space with his Mercury flight but then is grounded for years. He later gets an operation and is flight cleared. Deke as the head astronaut helps Alan get A moon shot. Alan trains and trains and is the commander for Apollo 14 and is the 5th man on the moon.

Poor Deke never gets to go up until after he is over 50 with the last Apollo mission. By going on a vitamin regiment his heart fibrillation goes away and he is cleared by top cardiologists for space fight. He enjoys himself in weightlessness in space with the other 2 Apollo astronauts and 2 Cosmonauts in the Apollo-Soyuz docking mission.

Sadly so many of my boyhood heros have passed away. Deke Slayton, Alan Shepard, Gus Grissom, Ed White, Roger Chaffee, Wally Shirra, Gordon Cooper, Pete Conrad and other astronauts and cosmonauts... All heroes that gave much for the exploration of space.

I'm an amateur astronomer of over 40 years who looks into the vastness of space with my telescope and agrees 100% with the ending of the book. We should populate many regions of space to ensure our species survival if our planet gets destroyed. Both Deke and Alan see from space how small and fragile our Earth is and how we should cherish and protect it but also as a human race expand into the Cosmos for our lasting survival.Deke says in the largeness of time about us going forward into space, the little he did for space exploration may be just be a blink of the eye.

More detailed information can be found with individual biographies of the astronauts but Moon Shot is great for getting a little info on many of the astronauts. 5 star

2-0 out of 5 stars poorly written rehash of the early space program
As other reviewers have mentioned, this book doesn't fill any particular niche satisfactorily.It gives only the most superficial information about the two authors' backgrounds, emotions, and thoughts, but on the other hand it fails to address the space program in a comprehensive manner.The last three Apollo flights merit only about a paragraph each!Essentially all of the information found in this book can be found in other, more carefully written narratives (e.g., Andrew Chaikin's A Man in the Moon).The principal exception is the information on the Apollo-Soyuz Test Project.

What hasn't received as much comment is the exceptionally poor writing style of this book.Even for someone with a good understanding of the moon program, the text is at times confusing because of imprecise wording.Mixed metaphors, cliches, and sentence fragments abound.Worst of all, the writing is so florid that it becomes distracting.Everything is described in hyperbole, which makes it difficult to differentiate episodes of true drama from other events.Of course, the history of the moon program has plenty of inherent drama; there is no need to resort to overblown prose to convey this.

For example, here's a passage describing the launch of Freedom Seven.The event itself was momentous; the writing style is typical of the entire book.

"In Cocoa Beach, people left their homes to stand outside and look toward the Cape.They went to balconies and front lawns and back lawns.They stood atop cars and trucks and rooftops.They left their morning coffee and bacon and eggs in restaurants to walk outside on the street or on the sands of the beach.They left beauty parlors and barber shops with sheets around their bodies.Policemen stopped their cars and stood outside, the better to see and hear.Along the water, the surfers ceased their pursuits of the waves and stood, transfixed, swept up in the fleeting moments.

"It was a moment in a town when time stood still.

"Fire was born, the dragon howled, and the Redstone levitated with its precious human cargo.

"That was but the beginning.When the bright flame came into view, even before the deep pure sound washed across the town, something happened.


"Men and women sank slowly to their knees.Praying.

"Other stood praying.


"There was no holding back.

"All that moved in Cocoa Beach were beating hearts and falling tears."

(pp. 113-114)

Apart from the text, there are some interesting photographs in the book - especially some showing astronaut training.Unfortunately, many of the events depicted are never addressed in the text.One photo, which purports to show Alan Shepard's famous lunar golf drive, is a fake.

5-0 out of 5 stars Moon Shot: The Inside Story of America's Race to the Moon - Best book yet!
Moon Shot: The Inside Story of America's Race to the Moon - You would just know that Al Shepard's book would be the best yet by the astronauts.This book tells the inside story of the original seven astronauts, but tells it up to and including the Apollo-Soyuz rendezvous and docking of 1975.I don't know if the great narration was due to Al, Deke or the two writers who assisted them, but this book was the best written of all the astro books I have read. The stories, as written, capture all the excitment of both good sci-fi and space history!

5-0 out of 5 stars Moon Shot
This was an excellent book for anyone who is interested in the efforts to be the first to reach the moon. I have been a space junkie from the times my Mom would keep us home from school to watch the Mercury and Gemini launches. I was reminded of many things I observed and realized that my memories of the flights were from the perspective of a child. Hearing about the same events from the perspective of those who participated was very rewarding.

5-0 out of 5 stars Two Grounded Astronauts Achieve Their Dreams to Fly in Space
This book is much more than a history of the space program from about 1957 to 1975. It includes the inspirational determination for Shepard to fly again and for Slayton to fly even once. I had the pleasure of meeting Alan Shepard and getting his autograph on this book.

The book captures the intensity of the space race. When Shepard saw Sputnik 1 (or, more probably, the upper-level rocket stage also in orbit), he chagrined at the fact that it didn't have "Made in the USA" written on it. Later, the Soviets were sad that the men circling the moon on Christmas Eve 1968 didn't have Russian names.

Some seldom-discussed information is provided in this book. For instance, the US could have orbited a satellite over a year before Sputnik (p. 45). Were it not for an overcautious NASA, Shepard could have beat Gagarin into space by a month (p. 89, 91). The dog, Laika, is said to have lived for several days in space (p. 44). We now know that she died several hours after launch--from an overheated cabin.

The authors discuss the politics behind the space program. For instance, the grounding of Deke Slayton had been for political and not medical reasons, as there was no evidence that Deke's heart irregularity would interfere with space flight. Rather, the fear was that, were Slayton's flight to end in disaster for any reason, his heart condition would automatically be suspected, and those who cleared him for flight would face automatic recrimination. The authors also allege that politics was behind the choice of Houston as the site for the Space Center. Both astronauts also had to contend with politics in the wake of the Apollo 13 near-disaster, notably the call, by some politicians, to cancel all remaining Apollo moon flights. Shepard also realized that, were his Apollo 14 to fail to land on the moon, there most probably would be no further Apollo flights.

One is thrilled by Alan Shepard finding a surgical treatment for his Meniere's syndrome, and getting restored to flight status. Up to that time, he had considered himself an eagle whose wings had been clipped and who had been forced to be a turkey--in more ways than one.

Then, over ten years after his grounding, Deke Slayton got his chance...in a joint US-Soviet flight that would have been equally unimaginable at the time of his grounding.
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11. Coming to Class: Pedagogy and the Social Class of Teachers (Crosscurrents)
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4-0 out of 5 stars Class Conflict in Academia
Like most collections of essays, the quality of this one is mixed, but if you can stomach the sometimes trite personal narratives ("I came from a trailer park and now I teach at a community college full of students from trailer parks!"), you'll ultimately enjoy the insights that some of the book's 21 contributors have to offer.However, the collection is aimed at a specialized audience, particularly college English teachers, so if you haven't spent a significant portion of your life wondering why, with all your education, you have ended up where you are, this book won't make much sense.

The most interesting essays address the problem of social class within academia itself.For example, Olivia Frey writes, "The regard (disregard) for composition and composition teachers has interesting parallels with the daily struggles of workers and laborers, and their status within society at large." Although the sentiment here is nothing incredibly new, the fact that it is stated in print is in itself significant and might disturb many composition instructors (and their administrators) who are in deep denial about where they are and what they do.

At times the collection turns on itself, however, with some contributors appearing to advocate relaxed standards and "dumbing down" theories based solely on the social class of students. As a whole, the book would be more effective if it focused entirely on the problem of social class within the teaching profession, but it's still a great read.

5-0 out of 5 stars A book to open doors.
In this anthology college teachers from all walks of life tell us how who they are, where they're from, affects their pedagogy.It's a terrific, ecclectic collection that should be required reading for teachingassistants beginning their careers.May it liberate and enlighten them,and any others who can come to personal history, to class, with an openmind. ... Read more

12. We Seven
by M. Scott Carpenter, John H. Glenn Jr., Virgil I. Grissom, Walter M. Schirra Jr., Alan B. Shepard Jr., Donald K. Slayton, L. Gordon Cooper
 Hardcover: 473 Pages (1962)

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13. SHEPARD, ALAN B. (1923-1998): An entry from Gale's <i>World of Earth Science</i>
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This digital document is an article from World of Earth Science, brought to you by Gale®, a part of Cengage Learning, a world leader in e-research and educational publishing for libraries, schools and businesses.The length of the article is 1738 words.The article is delivered in HTML format and is available in your Amazon.com Digital Locker immediately after purchase.You can view it with any web browser.A comprehensive guide to the concepts, theories, discoveries, pioneers, and issues relating to topics in earth science. Its encyclopedic approach offers entries that are written in easy to understand language. ... Read more

14. Man into space (Pyramid books)
by Martin Caidin
Mass Market Paperback: 192 Pages (1961)

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15. Shepard, Alan: An entry from Macmillan Reference USA's <i>Macmillan Reference USA Science Library: Space Sciences</i>
by Meridel Ellis
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This digital document is an article from Macmillan Reference USA Science Library: Space Sciences, brought to you by Gale®, a part of Cengage Learning, a world leader in e-research and educational publishing for libraries, schools and businesses.The length of the article is 246 words.The article is delivered in HTML format and is available in your Amazon.com Digital Locker immediately after purchase.You can view it with any web browser.From the history of space exploration to the future of space business, this set offers a broad survey of the space sciences. Includes biographies of scientists and the space-related job market. ... Read more

16. 1961 in Space Exploration: Yuri Gagarin, Gus Grissom, Project Mercury, Sm-65 Atlas, Vostok 1, Alan Shepard, Explorer Program, Transit, Venera 1
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Chapters: Yuri Gagarin, Gus Grissom, Project Mercury, Sm-65 Atlas, Vostok 1, Alan Shepard, Explorer Program, Transit, Venera 1, Ranger 1, Ham the Chimp, Ranger 2, Sputnik 7, Pgm-19 Jupiter, Corona, Mercury-Redstone 4, Saturn I, Oscar, Mercury-Redstone 3, Pgm-17 Thor, Pgm-11 Redstone, Mercury-Atlas 5, Mercury-Redstone 2, Little Joe, Hgm-25a Titan I, Vostok 2, Samos, R-7 Semyorka, Mercury-Redstone Bd, Television Infrared Observation Satellite, Mercury-Scout 1, Rm-81 Agena, Gherman Titov, Black Knight, Sa-1, Enos, Mercury-Atlas 2, Mercury-Atlas 4, Mercury-Atlas 3, Little Joe 5a, Little Joe 5b, Transit Research and Attitude Control, Sputnik 10, Sputnik 9, Molniya. Source: Wikipedia. Pages: 266. Not illustrated. Free updates online. Purchase includes a free trial membership in the publisher's book club where you can select from more than a million books without charge. Excerpt: Corona was a US military reconnaissance satellite system operated by the CIA Directorate of Science ... Read more

17. Alan Barlett Shepard Jr.: An entry from Gale's <i>Science and Its Times</i>
by Ann T. Marsden
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This digital document is an article from Science and Its Times, brought to you by Gale®, a part of Cengage Learning, a world leader in e-research and educational publishing for libraries, schools and businesses.The length of the article is 571 words.The article is delivered in HTML format and is available in your Amazon.com Digital Locker immediately after purchase.You can view it with any web browser.The histories of science, technology, and mathematics merge with the study of humanities and social science in this interdisciplinary reference work. Essays on people, theories, discoveries, and concepts are combined with overviews, bibliographies of primary documents, and chronological elements to offer students a fascinating way to understand the impact of science on the course of human history and how science affects everyday life. Entries represent people and developments throughout the world, from about 2000 B.C. through the end of the twentieth century. ... Read more

18. Mercury-Besatzung: Virgil Grissom, Alan Shepard, Gordon Cooper, Walter Schirra, John Glenn, Malcolm Scott Carpenter (German Edition)
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Aus Wikipedia. Nicht dargestellt. Auszug: Walter Marty Schirra, Jr. (March 12, 1923 - May 3, 2007) was one of the original Mercury 7 astronauts chosen for the Project Mercury, America's first effort to put humans in space. He was the only person to fly in all of America's first three space programs (Mercury, Gemini and Apollo). He logged a total of 295 hours and 15 minutes in space. Schirra was the fifth American and the ninth human to ride a rocket into space. He was the first person to go into space three times. Schirra was born into an aviation family in Hackensack, New Jersey. Schirra's father, Walter M. Schirra, Sr., went to Canada during World War I and earned his pilot rating. He later became a barnstormer. Schirra's mother, Florence Leach Schirra, went along on her husband's barnstorming tours and performed wing walking stunts. By the time he was 15, Wally was flying his father's airplane. Schirra was a Boy Scout and earned the rank of First Class in Troop 36 in Oradell, New Jersey. There is a street and a small park named after Wally Schirra in Oradell, NJ. Schirra graduated from Dwight Morrow High School in Englewood, New Jersey and attended the New Jersey Institute of Technology in 1941, where he was a member of Sigma Pi Fraternity, Alpha Mu Chapter . He later finished schooling with the navy and received a Bachelor of Science in aeronautical engineering. He graduated in 1944. F3H Demon delivery, mid 1950sHe attended the United States Naval Academy and graduated in 1945. He was commissioned as an officer in the United States Navy, serving the final months of World War II aboard the battle cruiser USS Alaska. After the war ended, he trained as a pilot at NAS Pensacola and joined a carrier fighter squadron. He became only the second naval aviator to log 1,000 hours in jet aircraft. Upon the outbreak of the Korean War, Schirra was dispatched to South Korea as an exchange pilot on loan to the US Air Force. He served as ...http://booksllc.net/?l=de ... Read more

19. Moon Shot [Signed by Alan Shepard]
by Alan Shepard, Deke Slayton
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20. Vol En Solitaire: Youri Gagarine, Valentina Terechkova, Mike Melvill, Virgil Grissom, Alan Shepard, John Glenn, Gordon Cooper (French Edition)
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Les achats comprennent une adhésion à l'essai gratuite au club de livres de l'éditeur, dans lequel vous pouvez choisir parmi plus d'un million d'ouvrages, sans frais. Le livre consiste d'articles Wikipedia sur : Youri Gagarine, Valentina Terechkova, Mike Melvill, Virgil Grissom, Alan Shepard, John Glenn, Gordon Cooper, Walter M. Schirra, Guerman Titov, Vladimir Mikhaïlovitch Komarov, Andrian Nikolaïev, Yang Liwei, Joseph Albert Walker, Pavel Popovitch, Scott Carpenter, Valery Bykovsky, Brian Binnie. Non illustré. Mises à jour gratuites en ligne. Extrait : Youri Alekseïevitch Gagarine (en russe : ) (né le 9 mars 1934 et mort le 27 mars 1968), héros de l'Union soviétique, est un cosmonaute qui, le 12 avril 1961, a marqué l'histoire de l'humanité et de la conquête spatiale en devenant le premier homme à voyager dans l'espace, réalisant une révolution complète autour de la Terre. Youri Gagarine est né à Klouchino, près de Gjatsk dans l'oblast de Smolensk. La ville de Gjatsk fut renommée Gagarine en son honneur en 1968. Le père de Youri, Alekseï Ivanovitch Gagarine (1902-1973), était charpentier ; sa mère, Anna Timofeïevna Matveïeva (1903-1984), était paysanne et réputée comme avide de lecture. Toute la famille Gagarine vécut sous l'occupation nazie pendant la Seconde Guerre mondiale. Les deux frères aînés furent emmenés en Allemagne, apparemment comme conscrits en 1943, ils ne revinrent qu'après la fin de la guerre. En 1949, après l'école secondaire, Youri entre à l'école des machines agricoles de Lioubertsy. Il y reste pendant deux ans. C'est ensuite l'école technique industrielle de Saratov qu'il suit pendant quatre années. C'est pendant cette période qu'il rejoint un club de pilotage amateur. Il entre à l'école de pilotage d'Orenbourg en 1955, et y rencontre Valentina Goriatcheva. Il se marie avec elle en 1957, après avoir obtenu ses palmes de pilote de chasse à bord d'un MiG-15. Après ce diplôme, il est assigné à la base aérienn...http://booksllc.net/?l=fr ... Read more

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