Angle of Attack: Harrison Storms and the Race to the Moon

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"Apollo" was the most ambitious engineering project ever undertaken by man: to take a rocket 50 storeys high, load it with the explosive power of a nuclear device, put men on top of it, and shoot it at the moon. Harrison Storms, head of North American Aviation's Space Division, is the man charged by the federal government with getting the astronauts to the moon and back. Just to find metals pure enough means creating a whole new technology, and new machine tools must be invented to build parts of the rocket and spacecraft. Storms commands a technical empire of 30,000 people, some of the greatest minds in industrial America, not to mention Werner von Braun and the German rocket scientists from Peenemunde. Chasing the triple nines (tolerances of .999), they give their careers, sometimes their lives, to this colossal machine.

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Centuries from now, when the Cold War is as remote as the War of Roses and the passions of our time have faded into footnotes, humanity will still remember July 16, 1969, the day the first human beings departed from earth bound for a landing on the moon. Angle of Attack turned out to be a story of ordinary people organized for an extraordinary purpose. It is an anthem to human cleverness, and it is a vivid reminder of what we are capable of when we choose to follow leaders with courage and vision.

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Mike Gray (1935-2013) was an engineer, screenwriter, and author. He was the co-founder of The Film Group, a Chicago-based production company.

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