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Vroman's Live - Nicholas Schmidle, in conversation with Buzz Bissinger, discusses Test Gods: Virgin Galactic and the Making of a Modern Astronaut


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Nicholas Schmidle, in conversation with Buzz Bissinger Friday May 7th at 6pm

This is a virtual event and will take place on Crowdcast. Register for FREE ahead of time to save your spot and get an email reminder! Scroll down to purchase your copy of the book from Vroman's.

EVENT LINK: https://www.crowdcast.io/e/s4tl8u4n

In the spirit of The Right Stuff, updated for the 21st century, Test Gods is an epic story about extreme bravery and sacrifice, about the thin line between lunacy and genius. Most of all, it is a story about the pursuit of meaning in our lives--and the fulfillment of our dreams.

Working from exclusive inside reporting, New Yorker writer Nicholas Schmidle tells the remarkable story of the test pilots, engineers, and visionaries behind Virgin Galactic's campaign to build a space tourism company. Schmidle follows a handful of characters--Mark Stucky, Virgin's lead test pilot; Richard Branson, the eccentric billionaire funding the venture; Mike Moses, the grounded, unflappable president; Mike Alsbury, the test pilot killed in a fatal crash; and others--through personal and professional dramas, in pursuit of their collective goal: to make space tourism a reality.

Along the way, Schmidle weaves his relationship with his father--a former fighter pilot and decorated war hero--into the tragedies and triumphs that Branson's team confronts out in the Mojave desert as they design, build, and test-fly their private rocket ship. Gripping and novelistic, Test Gods leads us, through human drama, into a previously unseen world--and beyond. (Henry Holt & Co.)

“It’s hard to know where to begin: Test Gods is unique, fascinating, compulsively readable, brilliantly reported with unprecedented access, a kick-ass adventure story of the last of the great swashbucklers addicted to speed and altitude. It is a journey unlike any I have ever read, as pulsating as it is poignant and personal. What makes a man routinely risk his life for a living umpteen miles above the clouds? What does he leave behind on earth? Cosmic questions that Schmidle answers with elegance and beauty and pace. Just strap yourself in and get ready for one helluva ride.”—Buzz Bissinger, author of Friday Night Lights

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Friday, May 7, 2021 - 6:00pm
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Test Gods: Virgin Galactic and the Making of a Modern Astronaut Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250229755
Availability: Usually arrives at our store within 4-7 days
Published: Henry Holt and Co. - May 4th, 2021
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