Liftoff: A Photobiography of John Glennby John Glenn
Young readers find out as they follow his inspiring story from his schoolboy days in New Concord, Ohio, to his adventures
War hero, test pilot, American astronaut, and U.S. Senatorfor John Glenn, serving his country has always been a joyous adventure. How does a boy from a small Ohio town grow up to become one of the most enduring heroes in American history?
Young readers find out as they follow his inspiring story from his schoolboy days in New Concord, Ohio, to his adventures as a highly decorated Marine Corps pilot in both World War II and the Korean War, a test pilot, one of the seven Mercury astronauts and the first American to orbit Earth, a successful businessman, a U.S. Senator, and, at the age of 77, the oldest human being in space.
Don Mitchell skillfully weaves highlights from John Glenn's extraordinary life with inspirational quotes and dynamic images to create an intimate portrait of a man whose challenge to young people everywhere is to become dedicated "to a purpose larger than themselves."
This superbly illustrated book follows the life trajectory of a very focused, highly competitive man, driven by a sense of duty to his country and an innate sense of obligation towards others. Readers will find themselves inspired to "liftoff" to new heights of achievement.
This profile of the pilot turned astronaut turned public servant is filled with personal reflections and details. A childhood encounter with a pilot who sold rides on a biplane and his father's own fascination with aviation set in motion a lifelong love of planes. Glenn's career in the military, piloting fighter planes in World War II and the Korean War, funneled him directly into test piloting and eventually the space program. It was there that he became the household name that he is today. The book's inviting format draws readers in and maintains the focus, making this a standout among biographies of Glenn, such as Michael D. Cole's John Glenn: Astronaut and Senator (Enslow, 2000). The writing is engaging and intimate, offering up the opportunity to really get to know the subject. The layout is varied without being busy. Small pictures, spreads, and large photos with captions all make this a visually attractive title. Report writers, browsers, and those with a specific interest in astronauts will all find something here to enjoy.
Jody KoppleCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Meet the Author
Don Mitchell has worked as a public servant for more than 20 years in the federal government, serving in the U.S. Senate as well as in the White House on the staff of the National Security Council. He worked on national security issues for Senator John Glenn for 15 years. Don lives in Arlington, VA.
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