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The #1 New York Times bestselling memoir that inspired the film October Sky, Rocket Boys is a uniquely American memoir--a powerful, luminous story of coming of age at the dawn of the 1960s, of a mother's love and a father's fears, of a group of young men who dreamed of launching rockets into outer space . . . and who made those dreams come true.

With the grace of a natural storyteller, NASA engineer Homer Hickam paints a warm, vivid portrait of the harsh West Virginia mining town of his youth, evoking a time of innocence and promise, when anything was possible, even in a company town that swallowed its men alive. A story of romance and loss, of growing up and getting out, Homer Hickam's lush, lyrical memoir is a chronicle of triumph--at once exquisitely written and marvelously entertaining.

One of the most beloved bestsellers in recent years, Rocket Boys is a uniquely American memoir. A powerful, luminous story of coming of age at the end of the 1950s, it is the story of a mother's love and a father's fears, of growing up and getting out. With the grace of a natural storyteller, Homer Hickam looks back after a distinguished NASA career to tell his own true story of growing up in a dying coal town and of how, against the odds, he made his dreams of launching rockets into outer space come true.

A story of romance and loss and a keen portrait of life at an extraordinary point in American history, Rocket Boys is a chronicle of triumph.

Synopsis:

The true story, originally published as Rocket Boys, that inspired the Universal Pictures film.

It was 1957, the year Sputnik raced across the Appalachian sky, and the small town of Coalwood, West Virginia, was slowly dying.

Faced with an uncertain future, Homer Hickam nurtured a dream: to send rockets into outer space. The introspective son of the mine’s superintendent and a mother determined to get him out of Coalwood forever, Homer fell in with a group of misfits who learned not only how to turn scraps of metal into sophisticated rockets but how to sustain their hope in a town that swallowed its men alive.

As the boys began to light up the tarry skies with their flaming projectiles and dreams of glory, Coalwood, and the Hickams, would never be the same.

Synopsis:

The author traces the boyhood enthusiasm for rockets that eventually led to a career at NASA, describing how he built model rockets in the family garage in West Virginia, inspired by the launch of the Soviet satellite Sputnik. Originally published as Rocket Boys. Reissue.

About the Author

Homer H. Hickam, Jr., 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 NASA payload training manager for the International Space Program and lives in Huntsville, Alabama.

Table of Contents

Coalwood — Sputnik — Mom — Football fathers — Quentin — Mr. Bykovski — Cape coalwood --Construction of the Cape — Jake Mosby — Miss Riley — Rocket candy — Machinists — Rocket book — Pillar explosion — State troopers — Natural arrogance — Valentine — Bump — Picking up and going on — O'Dell's treasure — Zincoshine — We do the math — Science fairs — Suit for Indianapolis — National science fair — All systems go — Epilogue.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780440333876
Publisher:
Dell
Subject:
Biography
Author:
Homer Hickam
Author:
Hickam, Homer H., Jr.
Author:
Hickam, Homer H.
Subject:
Historical - U.S.
Subject:
Aeronautics & Astronautics
Subject:
Scientists
Subject:
Letters
Subject:
Autobiography
Subject:
Aerospace engineers
Subject:
United States
Subject:
Scientists - General
Subject:
Biography & Autobiography-Scientists - General
Subject:
Biography & Autobiography-Historical - U.S.
Subject:
Biography & Autobiography : Historical - U.S.
Subject:
Biography & Autobiography : Scientists - General
Subject:
Biography & Autobiography : Historical - General
Subject:
Technology & Engineering : Aeronautics & Astronautics
Subject:
Biography & Autobiography : General
Subject:
Aeronautics
Subject:
Aerospace industries
Subject:
Aerospace engineers -- United States -- Biography.
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Coalwood
Subject:
Hickam, Homer H.
Subject:
Aerospace engineers -- United States.
Subject:
General Biography
Subject:
Astronomy - General
Subject:
Astronomy-Space Exploration
Subject:
Biography-Scientists
Subject:
Science Reference-General
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Edition Description:
Dell
Publication Date:
19990216
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
448

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Product details 448 pages Random House Publishing Group - English 9780440333876 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , The true story, originally published as Rocket Boys, that inspired the Universal Pictures film.

It was 1957, the year Sputnik raced across the Appalachian sky, and the small town of Coalwood, West Virginia, was slowly dying.

Faced with an uncertain future, Homer Hickam nurtured a dream: to send rockets into outer space. The introspective son of the mine’s superintendent and a mother determined to get him out of Coalwood forever, Homer fell in with a group of misfits who learned not only how to turn scraps of metal into sophisticated rockets but how to sustain their hope in a town that swallowed its men alive.

As the boys began to light up the tarry skies with their flaming projectiles and dreams of glory, Coalwood, and the Hickams, would never be the same.

"Synopsis" by , The author traces the boyhood enthusiasm for rockets that eventually led to a career at NASA, describing how he built model rockets in the family garage in West Virginia, inspired by the launch of the Soviet satellite Sputnik. Originally published as Rocket Boys. Reissue.
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