John Glenn: A Memoir by John Glenn, Nick Taylor
English | 1999 | ISBN: 0553110748 | 422 Pages | PDF |
He was the first American astronaut to orbit the Earth.
Nearly four decades later, as the world's oldest
astronaut, his courage riveted a nation. But these two
historic events only bracket a life that covers the sweep
of an extraordinary century. In this engrossing book,
John Glenn tells the story of his unique lifeÔÇôone lived at
the center of a momentous time in history by a man who
helped shape that history.
He is the kind of hero who resists being called a hero. And
yet his exploits in the service of his country, his
dedication to family and friends, and his rock - ribbed
traditional values have made this small - town boy from
the Midwest a true American icon.
John Glenn's autobiography spans the seminal events of
the twentieth century. It is a story that begins with his
childhood in New Concord, Ohio, in the aftermath of
World War I. It was there that he learned the importance
of family, community, and patriotism. Glenn saw firsthand
the ravages of the Depression and learned that
determination, hard work, and teamwork could overcome
any adversity. These were the values he carried with him
as a Marine fighter pilot during World War II and into the
skies over Korea, for which he would be decorated for his
courage, dedication, and sacrifice. Glenn flew missions
with men he would never forget, from baseball great Ted
Williams to little - known heroes who would never return
to their families. Always a gifted flier, it was during the
war that he contemplated the unlimited possibilities of
aviation and its next frontiers: speed and space.
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