America's Mercury Seven astronauts were selected in 1957, and, as they launched on death-defying missions, television cameras focused on the brave smiles of their young wives. Overnight, these women were transformed from military spouses into American royalty. They provided one another with support and friendship, coffee and cocktails. They also formed bonds that lasted for over fifty years. This book tells the wives' stories—the women who stood beside some of the biggest heroes in American history. The Chicago Tribune reviewer wrote of the book, "A fair and accomplished reporter… Lily Koppel offers a grounded, irresistible and sociable social history…Koppel does an excellent job of capturing a group portrait with enough highlights, low points, sunny spots and shadows for individual features to emerge.”
Lily Koppel is the best-selling author of "The Red Leather Diary. She has written for The New York Times, New York Times Magazine, Huffington Post, and Glamour.
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