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Gus Grissom: The Lost Astronaut
By Ray E. Boomhower

In the most comprehensive biography on the subject yet, Gus Grissom: The Lost Astronaut offers a more personal side and fuller picture of Grissom’s life and character. Author Ray E. Boomhower explores Grissom’s life from his days as a child to his service as a combat pilot. He delves into the process by which NASA selected its original seven Mercury astronauts, the jostling for position to be the first American in space, and Grissom’s near-fatal Liberty Bell 7 flight that haunted his subsequent space career. Boomhower spent hours interviewing Grissom’s family and friends, including his wife Betty, who share the belief that this story is one worth telling to a new generation that about his illustrious career.

Hardcover, 405 pages. IHS Press, 2004. ISBN 0871951762.


About the author
Ray E. Boomhower is senior editor with the Indiana Historical Society Press. His previous books include biographies on such Hoosier legends as Lew Wallace, Ernie Pyle and May Wright Sewall. In 1998 Boomhower received the IHS's Hoosier Historian honor.


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