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All-American Boys Paperback – July 15, 2010
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Part of the reason is, as Collins pointed out, that Cunningham received a rigorous scientific education and was involved in scientific research before going to work for NASA. This gave him a greater ability to objectively judge the qualities of his fellow astronauts.
The original Mercury astronauts were good pilots, but one of the most important qualitites that they were chosen for was ability to stand immense stress, because at that time, it was not known how spaceflight
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Walt shows the astronauts as human beings that did have big egos and loved to fly. We learn there were many opportunities for the Astros to have numerous sexual affairs if they wanted to. There were plenty of good looking woman who wanted an "Astro" in bed....almost a trophy game. "Deke" Slayton cautions to be discrete and not bring shame to NASA or you maybe looking for another job. Many married Astros did have extramarital relations while many Astros stayed faithful to their wives.
We learn almost all the Astros were not rich with the exception of Alan Shepard through business deals and contacts becomes a millionaire. However the Astros had many, many perks such as the Life magazine contract, corvette cars, low cost housing loans, use of NASA jets for transportation, etc. Also many Astros got to meet many presidents, kings, queens, other politicians, dignitaries and entertainers. Many complimentary tickets.
We learn about the hardships the Astro's wives had with their husband spaceman not being home allot. Many of the wives took care of their homes and raised their families,while Dad worked,worked, worked. A lot of tension. Eventually divorces started.
Walt shows the tragic rush, rush, and sloppy workmanship that lent to the fire of Apollo 1 and loss of 3 good friends. He shows their lives lost helped NASA and its contractors get on the ball to produce one of the greatest flying machines of all time.
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Really enjoyed this "tell-all". A personal look into our American Astronauts work and life.Published 14 months ago by Kindle Customer
Clear, concise description of America's Manned Space Flight Program from an Astronaut's perspective!Published 18 months ago by Jim Baker
Well written, insightful, telling the whole story of the Astronauts as they lived out their respective roles in "man's great achievement . . . Read morePublished on August 22, 2014 by Gilroy Chow
This was a good look, from one astronaut's perspective, into the glory days of NASA's Apollo program. it is biased, but Cunningham does not claim otherwise. Read morePublished on April 13, 2014 by Matthew D. Folks
Walter Cunningham reveals in detai of how the politics, favoritism and inept management have changed NASA since the days of the race to the moon. He holds nothing back. Read morePublished on January 24, 2014 by walter james wolfe
This astronaut could have used a ghost writer. Mr. Cunningham is obviously an intelligent man with fine attributes that caused him to be selected as an astronaut. Read morePublished on January 14, 2014 by easyreader
Walter Cunningham is at it again, his first All American Boys book was a great hit and now the up dated edition with much added material. Read morePublished on January 7, 2014 by L. Hobson
Very interesting inside view of the astronauts - their personal hangups, their likes and dislikes and whom they got along with and did not get along with so well. Read morePublished on August 10, 2013 by Dani D. Macfarlane
The central focus of this book is on the astronauts. The title implies that clearly. The subtitle states it is an insider's look at the U.S. space program. Read morePublished on March 12, 2013 by J Mack