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  Freedom 7: The Historic Flight of Alan B. Shepard, Jr. (Colin Burgess) (Page 2)

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Author Topic:   Freedom 7: The Historic Flight of Alan B. Shepard, Jr. (Colin Burgess)

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From: Sydney, Australia
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posted 11-14-2013 09:43 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ColinBurgess   Click Here to Email ColinBurgess     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'm wondering if anyone who bought the book has any comments to make on it as yet. Good or bad: I still have reasonably broad shoulders.


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posted 11-15-2013 09:02 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for lordolsen   Click Here to Email lordolsen     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Colin, I just received the book today and guess what I'm going to read tonight?


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posted 11-22-2013 06:04 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Lasv3   Click Here to Email Lasv3     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The book is very well written, easy to read, there is a lot of historical, technical and personal details, many of them probably made public for the first time ever.

I especially liked the recovery section and the interviews and memories of the eye-witnesses being onboard the Lake Champlain on that memorable day - sailors, photographers, other personnel. There is a lot of unique photos from the possession of those people, again, many of them I'm sure published for the first time, together with the interesting stories how the photos were made.

On May 5th, 1961 I was one day short of the age of twelve and I remember the news in our Czechoslovak media on this flight. I can confirm the flight itself was neglected as a pure jump compared to the orbital flight of Yuri Gagarin, however, even our media in the middle of the cold war praised the bravery of the astronaut.

To make the long story short — Freedom 7 is a highly recommended reading and I look forward to the Liberty Bell 7. Many thanks to Colin for this contribution to the preservation of the space history.


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posted 11-25-2013 06:37 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for PeterO   Click Here to Email PeterO     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I've just finished reading the book, and it is excellent. Colin's writing is engaging and entertaining. Although I'm very familiar with the flight, there were many details that I did not know. I particularly enjoyed the background material about Ham's MR-2 flight, which is often completely overlooked. Shepard's own recollections also added an interesting perspective on the flight.

I'm looking forward to Liberty Bell 7!

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