‘Light This Candle’ autographed book giveaway

Posted by on May 5, 2011 in Authors, Books, Light This Candle, space | 4 Comments

Today (as I’ve been reminding anyone on Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, or Tumblr who’ll listen) is the 50th anniversary of the day Alan Shepard became America’s first spaceman. In commemoration of that event – which provided the title of my 2004 biography of Shepard – I’d like to offer two signed copies of Light This Candle. […]






Tomorrow is 50th anniversary of Alan Shepard, & USA, in space

Posted by on May 4, 2011 in Light This Candle, space | 2 Comments

In advance of tomorrow’s 50th anniversary of the day Alan Shepard became America’s first spaceman, I’m reviving this 2004 talk I did for C-Span/Book-TV, discussing “Light This Candle” at the US Naval Academy. It’s been viewed all of 334 times in six years… any volunteers to push it toward 400? Author Neal Thompson on C-Span’s […]






50th anniversary of Alan Shepard, and America, in space

Posted by on May 1, 2011 in Books, Light This Candle, space | No Comments

In advance of the anniversary of the day Alan Shepard became America’s first spaceman (5/5/61), I’m posting Light This Candle excerpts this week, along with photos and links related to Shepard and the book. Here’s a sample from Chapter 9, “We made them heroes, the first day they were picked” One day in January of […]