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All-American Boys
     

All-American Boys

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by Walter Cunningham
 

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A revised and updated no-holds-barred inside and candid look at America's space program by one of its astronauts -- the "right stuff" from the inside!

A memoir by a former Marine jet jockey with a Ph.D. in physics who became a civilian astronaut, Walter Cunningham presents the astronauts in all their strengths and weaknesses, as well as the cut-throat

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A revised and updated no-holds-barred inside and candid look at America's space program by one of its astronauts -- the "right stuff" from the inside!

A memoir by a former Marine jet jockey with a Ph.D. in physics who became a civilian astronaut, Walter Cunningham presents the astronauts in all their strengths and weaknesses, as well as the cut-throat "astropolitics" that dictated how the astronaut corps functioned. But this is not just a "tell-all" autobiography. It is also a story of triumph and tragedy. Cunningham brings us into the training program itself and reveals what it takes physically and mentally to be an astronaut. In addition, he relates the story of the devastating Apollo 204 fire that took the lives of astronauts Grissom, White, and Chaffee. Cunningham then takes the reader on the flight of Apollo 7, which became the first successful Earth-orbiting mission.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781876963248
Publisher:
ibooks, Incorporated
Publication date:
07/15/2010
Pages:
496
Sales rank:
619,836
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.30(d)

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The All-American Boys 2.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Having read just about every book ever written about the Apollo space program, I admit to pre-conceived notions of Walt Cunningham's view of the space program. I had initially considered him having washed himself out of the Apollo flight rotation after Apollo 7 due to the 'shenanigans' perpetrated on the program by the flight crew. However, reality is different. This book, an update of the original book written in the 1970's, is a candid account & excellent insiders view of the space program, both past and present. Cunningham is very qualified to offer the points of view that he does, and he offers an insiders look into how the space race was waged, won by the U.S. & NASA, & then left to flounder as it does today. The triumphs and tragedies are vividly written and it is obvious that he has done a tremendous amount of homework, based on his personal eyewitness accounts as well as the work & research of others. I would highly recommend this book and I applaud Mr. Cunningham's efforts to offer insight into conflicting views given in other astronaut accounts. His book truly brings all of the various puzzle pieces together and is a must-have for any space program officionado.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Judging from the sample, the formatting is poorly done.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed reading this book it was interesting to find out more about the life of an astronaut
Guest More than 1 year ago
I would like to warn readers of this book. I am extremelly well versed in this area. Please buy yourself, friends and children other books. This is a book written by an astronaut who apparently has an inferiority complex about his career at NASA. Cunningham was not one of the better known or successful astronauts and takes it out on his collegues and entire program in the pages of this book. We have here insult after insult that completely takes away from the excitement of the time and the special characteristics of the astronauts that attract us to them. Then he takes it out on women at the end of the book explaining that they do not belong in space due to cost and risk, but never explains. He became an astronaut for the notoriety and fame, but does not understand that this is not why most people do it. You would think a person who dedicated much time to the program would be thrilled that it has become high profile, coed and international, however, he is obviously not and appears intimidated instead.