- Publisher: Touchstone Books (May 1990)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 067170625X
- ISBN-13: 978-0671706258
- Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.2 x 1.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,133,952 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Apollo: Race to the Moon Paperback – May, 1990
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Neither a warmed over account of the astronauts and their adventures on the Moon nor a large-format illustrated history--both of which are in abundance--this book seeks to understand the larger contact of Apollo by focusing on the massive technical and scientific infrastructure that made the trips to the Moon possible. Taking as its central characters not the astronauts but the managers and engineers who ran the program, this book by famed author and political lightning rod Charles Murray and Catherine Bly Cox is based extensively on interviews with the remaining actors of the endeavor. The authors spent considerable time talking to NASA officials, both active and retired, at the Johnson Space Center, the Marshall Space Flight Center, and the Kennedy Space Centers, as well as high level officials in Washington. In this book Murray and Cox reconstruct a non-scholarly account of Apollo that examines operational details of the program that have gone undiscussed in astronaut-centric works.
By taking this approach Murray and Cox shift the history of Apollo to its most appropriate place. They recognize that the feat, as impressive as it was and as heroic as the astronauts truly were, was essentially an accomplishment of systems management.Read more ›
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Apollo was the result of a rare combination of events that will probably never be repeated. It was not just the political environment that made it happen, but the unusual combination of circumstances that brought together a talented team of scientists and engineers at just the right time in history. Consider how just as Apollo needed a huge team of aerospace engineers to materialize from nowhere, a Canadian company had a major fighter jet contract cancelled, thus freeing hundreds of the best people on Earth to work on getting us to the moon. Consider also, that just the right technology came into being as the race to the moon needed it, much of it from an obscure government agency called the N.A.C.A., that had quietly been doing aerospace research since WWI in the quaint land-that-time-forgot of Tidewater, Virginia. Consider the personalities that should have been as famous as the astronauts themselves, but weren't. Not just von Braun, but Max Faget, master designer of spacecraft, and his trusty sidekick Caldwell Johnson. John Houbolt, the "voice crying in the wilderness" for lunar Orbit rendezvous. Consider the team at Rocketdyne, which spent years trying to get the most powerful single piece of machinery ever built aside from nuclear weapons, the mighty F-1 engine, to behave it self while it gulped three tons of fuel and oxidizer per second. Consider intense leaders like Joe Shea, who saved the program after the Apollo 1 fire, but paid for it with his sanity.Read more ›
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Great book. Beautifully written history of the political, management and engineering history of the US space program. This is not a detailed history of astronauts or missions. Read morePublished 15 days ago by Steve Frame
Just a superb read about the Apollo program from its earliest time up through the landings. Extremely well researched and written in a great fashion.... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Richard F. Teklits
Fantastic book and the authoritative treatment of the engineers and management staff behind the race to the moon.
I've read it more than once. Read more
Having never read an Amazon review where two reviewers mentioned that they began to read the book all over again after having just completed it I was compelled to buy this book... Read morePublished 7 months ago by K. Packard Fancher
This was one of my favorite books...and I loaned it to a "friend", who denied all knowledge of the loan... My heart bleeds. Please learn from me. Read morePublished on September 11, 2003 by Steve Wilkie