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In my youth I read of Crossfield, Yeager, Grissom, Glenn, Shepard, Kittinger and the others who had "the right stuff". The "mission" related stories are all great, but this book gave me some depth and breadth across one of these characters, and it is a very enjoyable read. I'd like to see similar books from the other heros of this era.
Some may not like Joe's free and frank patriotic expression. For me Joe tells it like it was in that era. Ours it not to judge, but to appreciate what they lived through.
I really liked and recommend the later chapters. Joe and his wife keeps on giving. This book will not disappoint a historian, an adventurer, or any flyboy or flygirl.
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I remember learning of Joe Kittinger's record setting sky dive back in 1960. I was, and still am, fascinated by the whole idea of a free-fall from space, and equally so by Felix's Baumgartner's recent space Red Bull Sratos sky dive following in Joe's foot steps.
I had no idea of the life that Joe Kittinger led before and after his historic free fall jump.
World record setting balloonist, fighter pilot, Vietnam war POW, engineer...a full life of the Right Stuff. This is who Joe Kittinger is as this wonderful biography explains.
I have only two dings on this audio book..
First, it would have been fantastic to learn of Joe's thoughts on the work and final success of the Red Bull Stratos project during which he served as capsule communicator, (not possible since this book was completed well before Stratos succeeded) and second, I felt that the narration was jut too overly dramatic at times.
Taken on balance these are small points and this autobiography reveals an enjoyable story of a true adventurer.
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