Angle of Attack: Harrison Storms and the Race to the Moonby Mike Gray
Pub. Date: 06/28/1994
Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
Apollo, the most ambitious engineering project ever undertaken by man: to build a rocket 36 stories high, load it with the explosive power of a nuclear device, put men on top of it, and shoot it at the moon - this is a task more complicated by far than the Manhattan Project and the Panama Canal combined. Angle of Attack is the story of one of America's most triumphant… See more details below
Apollo, the most ambitious engineering project ever undertaken by man: to build a rocket 36 stories high, load it with the explosive power of a nuclear device, put men on top of it, and shoot it at the moon - this is a task more complicated by far than the Manhattan Project and the Panama Canal combined. Angle of Attack is the story of one of America's most triumphant achievements: two decades later the Apollo Mission stands as a stirring reminder of what this country is capable of when the chips are down. In the panic that follows the Soviet launch of Sputnik, it is Harrison Storms, the legendary chief engineer of North American Aviation, who captures the job of building the Apollo spacecraft. Storms is one of the country's foremost airplane designers, and at North American he is known, only half-jokingly, as The Creator. But building the ship that will carry the astronauts to the moon and back is a challenge of a new and frightening order. As Storms and his engineers feel their way through uncharted technologies on a killing schedule, the blizzard of changing orders from NASA keeps the design of the ship a constantly moving target. To wage the battle, Storms assembles a vast technical empire that includes some of the greatest minds in industrial America. Working with Werner von Braun and the German rocket scientists from Peenemunde, they chase the triple nines (tolerances of .999), driving themselves beyond endurance to heart attacks, breakdowns, and suicides, giving their careers, sometimes their lives, to this colossal machine. In brilliant, high-octane storytelling reminiscent of Tom Wolfe's The Right Stuff, Mike Gray dramatizes the quest for the moon and celebrates the triumph of American technical genius.
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A true story that reads as a top notch fiction book. This novel tells the behind the scenes 'high drama' of the Apollo program as told from the vantage point of North American Aviation-one of the thousands of contractors working on the program. The story focal point is legendary aviation engineer Harrison Storms. He and the incredible cast of individuals in this book make for an incredible read. Its difficult to imagine us getting to the moon in the time we did without men like these.This is not so much a technical story of Apollo/Saturn as it is a story of how far the human spirit will go to achieve. There were many areas in this book which showcase human inginuity and imagination on an unprecedented level while also letting the reader understand the incredible stresses placed upon those involved.This is definitly not 'just another space book' and can be appreciated by young and old, male of female- my 75 year old mother read it and said 'I had no idea of the incredible 'other side' of the space program...the best book I've read that shows the human spirit in high gear'. After reading this book I felt a much higher appreciation of what was really going on during the Apollo era, I highly recommend this book to those literary thrill seekers that usually find factual books too bland.