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The All-American Boys: An Insider's Candid Look at the Space Program and the Myth of the Super Hero.

Astronaut Memoir] Cunningham, Walter.

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ISBN 10: 0025292404 / ISBN 13: 9780025292406
Published by Macmillan, New York, 1977
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A Very Good copy with a small scuff to the front board with the boards bound upside down in a Very Good unclipped dust jacket with one short tape-repaired edge tear. Cunningham was a member of the Apollo 7 crew that mapped future landing sites for the first moon landing in 1969. He provides an inside look at the making and unmaking of America's astronaut corps. This copy is signed: "Walter Cunningham Apollo 7". Catalog Creme. Bookseller Inventory # 21796

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Title: The All-American Boys: An Insider's Candid ...

Publisher: Macmillan, New York

Publication Date: 1977

Edition: First Printing of the First Edition

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EDITORIAL REVIEW: *The All-American Boys* is a no-holds-barred candid memoir by a former Marine jet jockey and physicist who became NASA's second civilian astronaut. Walter Cunningham presents the astronauts in all their glory in this dramatically revised and updated edition that was considered an instant classic in its first edition over two decades ago. From its insider's view of the pervasive "astropolitics" that guided the functioning of the astronaut corps to its thoughtful discussion of the Columbia tragedy, *The All-American Boys* resonates with Cunningham's passion for humanity's destiny in space which endures today. This is a story of the triumph of American heroes. Cunningham brings us into NASA's training program and reveals what it takes to be an astronaut. He poignantly relates the story of the devastating Apollo 1 fire that took the lives of three astronauts and his own later successful flight on Apollo 7. This new edition includes an update of the manned space program and his "tell it like it is" observation of NASA's successes and failures. It also includes commentary on the Shuttle disasters of Challenger and Columbia and his views on what NASA should be doing to get back on track and to regain public support.


"Cunningham's book is the best of all the astronaut books."

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