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ONLINE LISTING TITLE: SIGNED HOMER HICKAM Rocket Boys A Memoir NASA Sputnik AEROSPACE Space Flight
FULL BOOK TITLE: ROCKET BOYS: A Memoir
AUTHOR(S): Homer H. Hickam, Jr.
SIGNED by AUTHOR? YES
TRUE First Edition and First Printing? This is the third printing of the first edition.
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YEAR PUBLISHED: 1998
Book & Dust Jacket Condition Definitions:
New - Unread in perfect condition.
Fine - Almost New, but not crisp.
Very Good - Small signs of wear.
Good - Average used book.
BOOK CONDITION: Near-Fine
DUST JACKET CONDITION: Near Fine. Protected in clear book sleeve.
PRICE-CLIPPED DUST JACKET? Is price-clipped.
PUBLISHER: Delacorte Press
THIS IS NOT A REMAINDER.
Until I began to build and launch rockets, I didn't know my hometown was at war with itself over its children, and that my parents were locked in a kind of bloodless combat over how my brother and I would live our lives. I didn't know that if a girl broke your heart, another girl, virtuous at least in spirit, could mend it on the same night. And I didn't know that the enthalpy decrease in a converging passage could be transformed into jet kinetic energy if a divergent passage was added. The other boys discovered their own truths when we built our rockets, but those were mine.
So begins Homer "Sonny" Hickam, Jr.'s marvelously entertaining, extraordinary memoir of life in Coalwood, West Virginia -- a hardscrabble little company town where the only things that mattered were coal mining and high school football. The introspective second son of the mine's superintendent and a mother determined to push her son to a better life, Sonny fell in with a group of misfits for whom the future looked uncertain. But in 1957, after watching the Soviet satellite Sputnik streak across the Appalachian sky, Sonny and his teenage friends took their future into their own hands, changing their lives and their town forever.
Looking back after a distinguished NASA career that fulfilled his boyhood ambition, Hickam shares the story of his youth, taking readers into the life of the little mining town and the boys who came to embody both its tensions and its dreams. With the help -- and sometimes hindrance -- of the people of Coalwood, the Rocket Boys learn not only how to turn mining scraps into rockets that sore miles into the heavens, but how to find hope in a town that progress is passing by.
A uniquely American memoir, Rocket Boys is at once an aspiring chronicle of triumph and a luminous story of a mother's love, a father's fears, and a young man's coming of age. With the effortless grace of a natural storyteller, Homer Hickam beautifully captures a moment when a dying town, a divided family, and a band of teenage dreamers dared to look beyond their differences and set their sights on the stars -- and saw a future that the nation was just beginning to imagine.
Homer Hickam was born and raised in Coalwood, West Virginia. The author of Torpedo Junction, a Military History Book of the Month Club selection, as well as numerous articles for such publications as Smithsonian Air and Space and American History Illustrated, he is a retired NASA engineer, consults on aerospace projects that interest him, and lives in Huntsville, Alabama.
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