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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 156 pages
  • Publisher: University of Akron Press (April 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1931968993
  • ISBN-13: 978-1931968997
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 5.7 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #678,064 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"There are 24 pages of color photos, many provided by Thomarios and not seen elsewhere, from the restoration, which are worth seeing... The Final Journey would be a nice read for the young burgeoning space fan."
- Heather Goss, The Daily Planet blog, Air & Space Smithsonian

"The description of the rocket's restoration, illustrated with a large number of color photos, is fascinating. It's clear that NASA learned from that challenge of restoring the Saturn V..."
- Jeff Foust, Publisher & Editor, The Space Review

"The authors do a great job of keeping the book nontechnical so that the causal reader who has no science background can easily understand and enjoy it while keeping it interesting enough for the more experienced reader who specializes in the history of space flight."
- Universe Today


"Reading The Final Journey of the Saturn V, it's difficult to avoid the conclusion that those days are now and forever over. Our authors convey that Neil Armstrong "represented in many ways the entire American programme to land a man on the moon. Not only did Armstrong have a fervent zeal for aviation," they tell us, "he had a quiet drive and stoic decisiveness. The descriptive line in his yearbook summed it up well. "He thinks, he acts, 'tis done."
- The National


"Thomas and Thomarios have teamed to write a delightful book that spotlights the restoration of a Saturn V as part of a total "mission experience" destination at Kennedy Space Center. The book focuses on Thomarios and his company that took on the task of restoring a leftover and corroding Saturn V booster that's now on display for the Smithsonian Institution at the Kennedy Space Center (KSC) in Florida. The KSC Apollo/Saturn V Center is a tribute to the Apollo astronauts and the machines that got them there - and brought them home safely."
- The Space Coalition

From the Author

From the Foreword by Captain Gene Cernan, Commander Apollo XVII, and the Last Man on the Moon:

"This book is ultimately a celebration of the Saturn V and the indomitable strength of the human spirit. It details in simple language the rocket's creation, birth, life, death, and resurrection, so that future generations will never forget what was accomplished in the 1960s and 70s, when the courage, determination, intelligence, dedication, and slide rules of nearly 400,000 Americans were harnessed towards a single ambition: the greatest journey ever undertaken by humankind."

More About the Author

Andrew R. Thomas' books have sold widely around the world, been translated into more than a dozen languages, been short-listed for several literary prizes, and won several awards.. A successful entrepreneur, he has traveled to and conducted business in more than 120 countries on all seven continents. Andrew is contributing editor to Industry Week magazine, where he writes "The ART of Business" blog; and, is Founding-Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Transportation Security. He is a regularly featured commentator for media outlets such as FOX NEWS, CNBC, BBC, and the Wall Street Journal.

He is currently Associate Professor of Marketing & International Business at the University of Akron.

In his various books he has argued that:

The rise of the mega-customer over the past 25 years has corrupted most business practice and shifted power away from those who innovate to those who sell (The Distribution Trap)

The best way to build long-term, sustainable customer relationships is through the implementation of a direct marketing strategy (Direct Marketing in Action)

Female-owned businesses are transforming the world and their communities (The Rise of Women Entrepreneurs)

Securing the global supply chain requires balancing political concerns with the needs of globalized firms (Global Supply Chain Security)

It is inevitable that all of humankind will become economically integrated (Global Manifest Destiny)

Despite all of its flaws - and there are many- the airline industry is poised for a long period of stability (Soft Landing)

Time passes, things change; and, the only way to leverage this reality is by becoming a change agent (Change or Die!)

Accountability is much more a verb than it is a noun (Managing by Accountability)

Effective leaders are not born. Instead, they develop five traits to successfully lead (Defining the Really Great Boss)

America's moon missions ended ignobly in a Saturn V rocket that was left rotting in the Florida sun for more than 20 years, until it was resurrected in 1995 (The Final Journey of the Saturn V)

Disruptive passengers continue to pose a real threat to the safety of the flying public (Air Rage)

The real story of the 9/11 attacks was a system that was set-up to fail (Aviation Insecurity)






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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By K.O. on April 24, 2012
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I had been waiting patiently to get a copy of this book which I had pre-ordered from Amazon back in January. After several months of delay it has finally arrived. I was anticipating an in-depth look at the restoration process of a Saturn V but this book is not that, which is disappointing.

The majority of this smallish book is devoted to a recap of the history of the space program up to and including the Apollo flights. All the familiar touchstones are here, Jules Verne, Robert Goddard, Von Braun, and of course JFK. The development of the Saturn series rockets is also covered. All of this is written at about an 8th grade reading level and there is little, if any, technical depth to any of it. There is one chapter discussing how the rocket came to be in such sad shape and finally the last brief chapter covers the actual restoration process, but with only about the same level of detail you'd expect from a Sunday morning newspaper article.There are also some sidebar pages about the life story of the man in charge of the restoration (which I did not bother to read beyond the first one).

On the plus side there are a few color photos taken during the restoration process that I have not seen elsewhere. For me these were the sole saving grace of this purchase.

This book seems to be aimed at a younger person. As a post-tour gift shop purchase for a tourist who has just seen a Saturn V for the first time and is wondering more about it this book might be a good place to start. Based on the style of writing that was possibly the author's intended demographic.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J. Chambers HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on November 9, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I've been a dedicated space junkie since Alan Shepard's suborbital flight in 1961, and I've been to the Cape for several manned space flights over the years since. When I had the opportunity to get a review copy of The Final Journey of the Saturn V from the publisher, I read the book in one sitting, which I almost never do. A lot of the material was not new to me, since I've read so much about the space program, but even the familiar material had some great little nuggets of information. There's some background material about the history of rocketry leading up to the first manned space flights by the USSR and the United States. This was followed by a history of the Saturn/Apollo program to put men on the Moon, culminating with Apollo 11 and Neil Armstrong's unforgettable first steps on the lunar surface.

In all, fifteen Saturn V's were built, but only twelve were launched. The remaining three were kept outdoors, subject to the ravages of time and weather. The Final Journey of the Saturn V is really about the "final journey" of one of these rockets which was stored at the Kennedy Space Center for almost a quarter of a century before a project was launched to restore it and feature it in its own quarters at the Kennedy Space Center. It's a fascinating story of how a small painting company beat out some global conglomerates for the restoration contract in 1996, and their 3˝-month race to prepare the enormous rocket for its final journey of 1.9 miles. I've seen it - it looks pristine now, but that was hardly the condition that Thomarios Painting found it in at the outset, with mold and mildew, corrosion, birds nesting inside, even a tree growing through the structure.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By James Knapper on April 24, 2012
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I just received this book on Friday and read it over the weekend. It gives a nice history of the Saturn rockets. The chapters on the restoration of the rocket make-up the last section of the book. There are 25 pages of color photos in the middle of the book that show the restoration process. Scattered throughout the book are one page treatments from Paul Thomarios about his life and what prepared him for the restoration of the Saturn V rocket. The book is 128 pages, so it made a quick read. I would recommend the book to anyone who is interested in the Saturn V rocket.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Chambers HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on November 9, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I've been a dedicated space junkie since Alan Shepard's suborbital flight in 1961, and I've been to the Cape for several manned space flights over the years since. When I had the opportunity to get a review copy of The Final Journey of the Saturn V from the publisher, I read the book in one sitting, which I almost never do. A lot of the material was not new to me, since I've read so much about the space program, but even the familiar material had some great little nuggets of information. There's some background material about the history of rocketry leading up to the first manned space flights by the USSR and the United States. This was followed by a history of the Saturn/Apollo program to put men on the Moon, culminating with Apollo 11 and Neil Armstrong's unforgettable first steps on the lunar surface.

In all, fifteen Saturn V's were built, but only twelve were launched. The remaining three were kept outdoors, subject to the ravages of time and weather. The Final Journey of the Saturn V is really about the "final journey" of one of these rockets which was stored at the Kennedy Space Center for almost a quarter of a century before a project was launched to restore it and feature it in its own quarters at the Kennedy Space Center. It's a fascinating story of how a small painting company beat out some global conglomerates for the restoration contract in 1996, and their 3˝-month race to prepare the enormous rocket for its final journey of 1.9 miles. I've seen it - it looks pristine now, but that was hardly the condition that Thomarios Painting found it in at the outset, with mold and mildew, corrosion, birds nesting inside, even a tree growing through the structure.
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