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Light This Candle The Life and Times of Alan Shepard

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ISBN-10: 140008122X

ISBN-13: 9781400081226

Edition: 2004

Authors: Neal Thompson

List price: $27.00
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Alan Shepard was the brashest, cockiest, and most flamboyant of America’s original Mercury Seven, but he was also regarded as the best. Intense, colorful, and dramatic, he was among the most private of America’s public figures and, until his death in 1998, he guarded the story of his life zealously. Light This Candle, based on Neal Thompson’s exclusive access to private papers and interviews with Shepard’s family and closest friends—including John Glenn, Wally Schirra, and Gordon Cooper—offers a riveting, action-packed account of Shepard’s life.
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Book details

List price: $27.00
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: The Crown Publishing Group
Publication date: 3/22/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 576
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.320
Language: English

Neal Thompson is a veteran journalist who has worked for the Baltimore Sun, Philadelphia Inquirer, and St. Petersburg Times, and whose magazine stories have appeared in Outside, Esquire, Backpacker, Mens Health, and The Washington Post Magazine. He is the author of two critically acclaimed books, Light This Candle: The Life and Times of Alan Shepard, America's First Spaceman and Driving with the Devil: Southern Moonshine, Detroit Wheels and the Birth of NASCAR. Thompson and his family live in the mountains outside Asheville, North Carolina. Visit his website at

Before Space
"Alan was really kind of a loner"
"I think I love you"
"The kamikazes raised hell last night"
"Unsafe for Solo" in Zoom Town
A perfectly charming son of a bitch
Shepard should be court-martialed
"Do you wish to declare an emergency?"
"That little rascal"
Into Space
"We made them heroes, the first day they were picked"
Eyeballs in, eyeballs out
"A harlot of a town"
"I think I got myself in trouble"
"We had 'em by the short hairs, and we gave it away"
"Light this candle!"
"I believe we should go to the moon"
"I'm sick... should I just hang it up?"
How to succeed in business without really flying-much
"Captain Shepard? I'm Charles Lindbergh"
"What's wrong with this ship?"
After Space
"When you've been to the moon, where else are you going to go?"
"I saw a different Alan Shepard, completely different"
"This is the toughest man I've ever met"