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The Last American Hero

The Remarkable Life of John Glenn

Alice L. George



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Chicago Review Press
01 February 2021
Examines the many layers that formed the man and unravels the reasons for his singular American Hero role On February 20, 1962, John Glenn became a national star. That morning at Cape Canaveral, a small-town boy from Ohio took his place atop a rocket and soared into orbit to score a victory in the heavily contested Cold War. The television images were blurry black-and-white phantoms. The cameras shook as the rocket moved, but by the end of the day, one thing was clear: a new hero rode that rocket and became the center of the world's attention for the four hours and fifty-five minutes of his flight. From that day forward, Glenn restively wore the hero label. Refusing to let that dramatic day define his life, he went on to become a four-term US senator-and returned to space at the age of seventy-seven. He was a creation of the media, in some ways, but he was also a product of the Cold War. At a time when increasingly cynical Americans need heroes, his aura burns brightly in American memory.

'A well-informed biography that presents its subject in a golden light.' - Kirkus Reviews
By:   Alice L. George
Imprint:   Chicago Review Press
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 228mm,  Width: 6mm,  Spine: 152mm
ISBN:   9781641602136
ISBN 10:   1641602139
Pages:   368
Publication Date:   01 February 2021
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Alice L. George is a historian and served as a senior editor at the Charlotte (NC) News, the Lexington (KY) Herald-Leader, the Detroit Free Press, and the Philadelphia Daily News. She has authored or coauthored seven books, including The Cuban Missile Crisis and The Assassination of John F. Kennedy.

Reviews for The Last American Hero: The Remarkable Life of John Glenn

A well-informed biography that presents its subject in a golden light. --Kirkus Reviews Time's Colonel Wonderful receives a new biographical treatment in The Last American Hero, which positions him as an adventurer, a statesman, and a role model. --Foreword Reviews

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