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John Glenn: A Memoir (Abridged)

Glenn, John; Taylor, Nick

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ISBN 10: 0553526642 / ISBN 13: 9780553526646
Published by BDD Audio, New York, NY, U.S.A., 1999
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Title: John Glenn: A Memoir (Abridged)

Publisher: BDD Audio, New York, NY, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 1999

Binding: Audio Book On Cassettes

Illustrator: Read By Author

Book Condition:NEW

Dust Jacket Condition: NEW

Edition: Audio Book.

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Four Cassettes, 6 1/2 hours

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.

This extraordinary audiobook captures the unique alchemy that brings a man to the forefront of his time.  Married to a woman he first met when they were both toddlers, known for his integrity and leadership in the Senate, John Glenn tells a story that we must hear.  This narrative of courage and honor is both a great adventure tale and a source of powerful inspiration of an age that needs John Glenn's values.

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At a time when overwritten biographies arguably provide too much information about their subjects, astronaut-turned-politician-turned-astronaut John Glenn's breezy memoir is welcome. His life story is simply told, not terribly reflective but enormously compelling: an Ohio boy grows up to become the first American to orbit the earth, takes a shot at the presidency but misses, and triumphantly returns to outer space as a senior citizen and national hero. Following a section on his youth, Glenn describes being a fighter pilot in the Second World War and Korea (where he lived in the same Quonset hut as baseball legend Ted Williams), as well as a test pilot. The highlight of the book is Project Mercury, the early NASA effort that hurled Glenn 150 miles above the planet in a tiny capsule--"flying from one day into the next and back again." In less than five hours, Glenn observed three sunsets and sunrises. He also conducted a few basic experiments, such as "squeezing some applesauce from a toothpaste-like tube into my mouth to see if weightlessness interfered with swallowing. It didn't."

Upon his return to earth, Glenn made a few abortive runs for the Senate. He was finally elected in 1974 as a Democrat and served for 24 years. In 1984, he sought his party's presidential nomination, and it looked like he was the one candidate potentially capable of beating President Reagan. But he stumbled and had to quit. The final pages detail Glenn's 1998 mission aboard the space shuttle Discovery at the age of 77. Just as his journeys riveted the nation, Glenn's memoir will grip its readers. --John J. Miller

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