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Countdown: An Autobiography, (Signed with COA)

Borman, Frank with Robert J. Serling

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ISBN 10: 0688079296 / ISBN 13: 9780688079291
Published by William Morrow, (1988), New York, 1988
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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448 pages. Illustrated. First edition, first printing with the "1" in the number sequence. Dust jacket protected in a new mylar sleeve. Signed by astronaut Frank Borman on the title page, signed only, not inscribed to anyone. No previous owner's names or marks. Borman commanded Apollo 8, the first manned voyage around the moon. Also he flew on Gemini 7. Included, loosely laid in, is a Certificate of Authenticity from Astronaut Central where he signed the book on August 20, 2013. This is a scarce copy of the first printing of the trade edition signed by one of the most important astronauts. A beautiful gift quality, collector's copy. Bookseller Inventory # 000751

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Title: Countdown: An Autobiography, (Signed with ...

Publisher: William Morrow, (1988), New York

Publication Date: 1988

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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By Frank Borman with Robert J. Serling. An Autobiography. ISBN 0-688-07929-6. From the back flap: "With the help of Robert J. Serling, Frank Borman (American astronaut) has written a full-blown, thoroughly involving autobiography that is so authoritative, and so rich in detail about an important and thrilling era in our history, that it places the reader right in the middle of the excitement and tragedy of it all. It is the story of a homegrown American who carved out a chunk of that history, both in the wild blue yonder and here on earth."

From Publishers Weekly:

The exciting account included here of Borman's NASA years (he took part in the Gemini 7 and Apollo 8 spaceflights, and also served as a troubleshooter and project manager) augments Tom Wolfe's The Right Stuff with details, dialogue and perceptions that will interest admirers of that bestseller. In 1970, Borman went to work for Eastern Airlines, a company "riddled with inept management and uncaring unions," to eventually take over as president and CEO. His most difficult task: cutting labor costs. The book describes Eastern's prolonged, bitter struggle to remain independent, a management/labor fight Borman lost in 1986 when Eastern became part of Texas Air. The most impressive section of this highly readable autobiography, coauthored with novelist Sterling ( The President's Plane Is Missing ), is the depiction of Borman's confrontations with intransigent labor leaders and the dynamics of their negotiations. Also memorable is the tribute to Susan Borman's poignant struggle to be "the Perfect Wife married to the Perfect Husband who was the Perfect Astronaut in a Perfect American Family raising Perfect Children." Borman is now an aviation consultant. Photos.
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