The 15-minute Freedom 7 flight in 1961 made astronaut Alan Shepard America’s first man in space and its first hero of the space age. One of the two best pilots among the original Mercury Seven, Shepard was selected over the other, John Glenn, and his career culminated in taking Apollo 14 to the moon. The driven quality about him sometimes made him unappealing and even downright appalling, but it helped him fight off Meniere’s disease to get back into space while simultaneously building a business empire.
The author has done a good job on putting together a thorough biography of a man who fiercely guarded his privacy. The information gathered to create this book required much research by the author and the results that he has pieced together reveal insight into one of America’s most enigmatic heroes.