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By Neal Thompson

Lan Shepard used to be the brashest, cockiest, and such a lot flamboyant of America’s unique Mercury Seven, yet he was once additionally considered as the easiest. excessive, colourful, and dramatic—the guy who hit a golfing ball at the moon—he was once one of the so much deepest of America’s public figures and, until eventually his demise in 1998, he guarded the tale of his lifestyles zealously.

Light This Candle, in response to Neal Thompson’s particular entry to personal papers and interviews with Shepard’s relations and closest friends—including John Glenn, Wally Schirra, and Gordon Cooper—offers a riveting, action-packed account of Shepard’s lifestyles. one of the first males to fly off plane vendors, he used to be probably the most fearless try out pilots. He continued lengthy separations from his dedicated spouse and 3 daughters to fly harmful missions, operating his method up the ranks regardless of clashes with authority over his brazen flying maneuvers and penchant for dicy pranks. highly aggressive, he beat out John Glenn for the 1st Mercury spaceflight after which overcame a unprecedented disease to come to house back on Apollo 14.

He took each problem head-on and looked as if it would win each time.

Long past due, Light This Candle is a candid and encouraging account of a daring American existence.

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