Rocket Boys

By Homer Hickam

Book Review by Duncan Nottingham

Would you like to become a member of the Big Creek Missile Agency (BCMA)? If you grew up in the mining town of Coalwood, West Virginia in the late 1950’s, you could have been. Rocket Boys, by Homer Hickman, is a memoir of Hickman’s journey from a small town boy to becoming a NASA engineer.

The story is written from the perspective on my favorite character, Sonny Hickman. Sonny isn’t like all the other characters in that he wants more out of life than growing up to be a coal miner. He is the mastermind behind the plans to create rockets after being inspired by the launch of the Russian satellite, Sputnik.

Hickman uses an honest, tell all approach mixed with humor and nostalgia to tell the story of his journey, his relationship with his family and friends, his hometown and with the teacher who encouraged him to not give up on his dream. This is a tale of struggles, failure, hard work and perseverance. The end result is a story that is not only entertaining but one that many people can relate to and connect with.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and would recommend this book as an entertaining, look back at American history. This book has a wide audience appeal which makes it a great read.

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