Deke!

An Autobiography

Donald K. Slayton with Michael Cassutt

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Deke Slayton was one of the first seven Mercury astronauts--and he might have been the first American in space. Instead, he became the first chief of American Astronaut Corps. It was Deke Slayton who selected the crews who flew the Gemini, Apollo, and Skylab missions. It was Deke Slayton who made Neil Armstrong the first man on the moon.

Deke! is Deke Slayton's' story--told in his own words and in the voices of the men and women who worked with him and knew him best. Deke Slayton's knowledge of how the .S. manned space program worked is the missing piece of every space buff's puzzle. Now, after decades of silence, he tells his priceless stories of those years when American was engaged in the greatest voyage of exploration in human history.

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Deke!
1BEGINNINGSI guess when it comes to space and aviation, I've seen and done a lot in fifty years. My name isn't the first one to come to mind when somebody says the word astronaut, but I was one of the original Mercury guys--the one who got screwed out of a mission for medical reasons. I hung in there and wound up running the Astronaut Office. Neil Armstrong became the first person to walk on the moon because I selected him. I eventually got into space, however, on Apollo-Soyuz--thirteen years after I should have.When I was four years old, growing up on a dairy farm in Wisconsin, I was

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"Deke Slayton was probably the single most important man in the U.S. manned space program.....Slayton was a genuine American hero."--Stars and Stripes

"No on can really understand the manned space flight of the '60s without understanding Deke's role in it. This is his story in his won words, and it often seems as if Deke were there in person. no nonsense, no excuses, just get on with the mission."--Frank Borman

"Deke! is a 'must read' for those who remember that most exciting of night and for those not yet born who want to learn about one of the 20th century's most thrilling moments."--Rocky Mountain News

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Donald K. Slayton with Michael Cassutt

Deke Slayton was one of the first seven Mercury astronauts--and he might have been the first American in space. Instead, he became the first chief of American Astronaut Corps. It was Deke Slayton who selected the crews who flew the Gemini, Apollo, and Skylab missions. It was Deke Slayton who made Neil Armstrong the first man on the moon.

Donald K. Slayton
Michael Cassutt

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Deke!
An Autobiography
Donald K. Slayton with Michael Cassutt

Trade Paperback

Trade Paperback
Tom Doherty Associates
Forge Books
June 1995
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780312859183
ISBN10: 031285918X
6 1/8 x 9 1/4 inches, 352 pages
$18.99

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Tom Doherty Associates
Forge Books
June 1995
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781466802148
ISBN10: 1466802146
352 pages
$7.99
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