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  Moon Bound: Choosing and Preparing NASA's Lunar Astronauts (Colin Burgess) (Page 2)

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Author Topic:   Moon Bound: Choosing and Preparing NASA's Lunar Astronauts (Colin Burgess)
MCroft04
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posted 05-15-2013 09:43 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for MCroft04   Click Here to Email MCroft04     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I've already ordered mine. Can't wait for Steve to get it in the mail!

David C
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posted 05-18-2013 10:29 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for David C     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Colin has produced a very interesting book. It was particularly great to get an introduction to some of the other outstanding candidates, most of whom I'd heard little or nothing of before.

Personally I'd have preferred more of a one person to each chapter approach to avoid having to jump around. It is, however, very well indexed.

Some parts surprised me a lot. I was amazed to find not one word about Bob Smith's outstanding work on the Lockheed NF-104A AST. Surely that can't be. I must have somehow missed it?

I was surprised to find no mention of Jim McDivitt turning down both the X-15 and the X-20.

But I was no less that stunned to read paragraph 10 of chapter 7 (page 202, discussing Ed Dwight). If that quote attributed to Chuck Yeager can be proved and is not just hearsay, it is apalling and would bring the USAF itself into disrepute. It has other implications that almost don't bear thinking about. Unfortunately the evidence for this quote is not clearly cited.

Overall, interesting book, but I get the impression that Colin has only just scratched the surface.

ColinBurgess
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posted 05-19-2013 06:58 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for ColinBurgess   Click Here to Email ColinBurgess     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
David, I did try to be meticulous in citing sources for all the material in "Moon Bound," but after a check following your message I note that this was one instance where I failed to do so.

This material came from a report filed by (black) investigative reporter Charles L. Sanders, who related a hostile confrontation between Ed Dwight and Chuck Yeager as recalled for him by Dwight.

You can find much more than the part I quoted in the excellent 1994 book, "They Had a Dream" by J. Alfred Phelps, and in fact I left out far more material from what Sanders wrote that I deemed to be far too controversial and therefore highly unsuitable for my book.

David C
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posted 05-19-2013 01:28 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for David C     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks Colin. I've just ordered a copy, but I'm not too sure I'll enjoy reading it. Still, I'm interested in history not myth.


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