product description page

Calculated Risk : The Supersonic Life and Times of Gus Grissom (Hardcover) (George Leopold)

Calculated Risk : The Supersonic Life and Times of Gus Grissom (Hardcover) (George Leopold) - image 1 of 1
$26.95
MSRPReg: $29.95 Save $3.00 (10% off)

about this item

Unlike other American astronauts, Virgil I. "Gus" Grissom never had the chance to publish his memoirs—save for an account of his role in the Gemini program—before the tragic launch pad fire on January 27, 1967, which took his life and those of Edward White and Roger Chaffee. The international prestige of winning the Moon Race cannot be understated, and Grissom played a pivotal and enduring role in securing that legacy for the United States. Indeed, Grissom was first and foremost a Cold Warrior, a member of the first group of Mercury astronauts whose goal it was to beat the Soviet Union to the moon. Drawing on extensive interviews with fellow astronauts, NASA engineers, family members, and friends of Gus Grissom, George Leopold delivers a comprehensive survey of Grissom’s life that places his career in the context of the Cold War and the history of human spaceflight. Calculated Risk: The Supersonic Life and Times of Gus Grissom adds significantly to our understanding of that tumultuous period in American history.
Number of Pages: 378.0
Genre: History, Biography + Autobiography
Sub-Genre: United States / 20th Century, Science + Technology, Adventurers + Explorers
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Purdue Univ Pr
Author: George Leopold
Language: English
Street Date: June 15, 2016
TCIN: 51053383
UPC: 9781557537454
Item Number (DPCI): 248-15-1385

guest reviews

Prices, promotions, styles and availability may vary by store & online. See our price match guarantee. See how a store is chosen for you.