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Author Topic:   Selecting the Mercury Seven: The Search for America's First Astronauts (Burgess)

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posted 04-23-2012 11:20 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Kite     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Put this review on Amazon UK and US recently.
I really enjoyed this book on the selection of the Mercury seven from the final thirty two candidates. Very thorough and well researched it is well written and the chapters on the gruesome medical, physiology and psychology tests are not stuffy and at times humourous. Some of the biographies were tragic and brought home how dangerous the life of a test or fighter pilot could be. Others not selected had wonderful careers, many finishing with very high ranks and the fact they did not make the final seven did not hold them back, rightly so. I found that I liked to read one at a time and then reflect rather than read through quickly, they merited that. And of course the final seven really were special. None of them should be forgotten so how fortunate we have Colin Burgess to make this unique record of such a momentous selection board at the beginning of manned space travel. I recommend this book to all space and aviation enthusiasts and anyone with an interest in history.


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posted 04-27-2012 12:50 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Philip   Click Here to Email Philip     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Check the May 2012 issue of BIS Spaceflight for a great article on recruiting "The Right Stuff."

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I'm reading Colin Burgess' very interesting book, "Selecting The Mercury Seven."

What struck me is how remarkable the men who weren't selected were, which made the men who were chosen even more extraordinary.

This book further convinced me that Chris Kraft's comments about Scott Carpenter were based on personal rather than professional reasons.

There was simply no other way to stand out in the first selection group than to be, in every respect, at the top of the candidates. The men who, for whatever reasons, refused or were not chosen went on to such outstanding careers it's absolutely impossible for the a "wrong" choice to have slipped through the process. Too many top-notch people had would have to have made so many fundamental errors for that to happen.

Don't be cheap like me and wait to get this book.

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