- Paperback: 512 pages
- Publisher: South Mountain Books; First Edition edition (September 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0976000806
- ISBN-13: 978-0976000808
- Package Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 1.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 136 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,509,966 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Heart-gripping.... So brilliantly told one can almost smell the perspiration in Houston Mission Control." -- Charles Petit, San Francisco Chronicle, July 9, 1989
"Marvelous.... Captures the mood and spirit of the people who found a way to the moon. -- Michael Collins, The New York Times Book Review, July 16, 1989
"Rich, densely packed and beautifully told.... Filled with cliffhangers, suspense and spine-tingling adventure." -- Charles Sheffield, Washington Post Book World, July 9 1989
About the Author
Charles Murray, author of _Losing Ground_ and coauthor of _The Bell Curve_, was educated at Harvard and M.I.T. Catherine Bly Cox, an expert on Henry James, was educated at Oxford and Yale. Husband and wife, they share a long-standing fascination with the exploration of space that led them to write _Apollo_.
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Fantastic research, very detailed, while not too complicated to read at the same time (although I wouldn't call it entry level).
You will find very few books with such an amount of extra class text samples, highly worthy to be bookmarked. Apollo is a gigantic pool of quotes, opinions and peoples reactions, especially in the area of High End engineering while avoiding bureaucracy and consulting bulls***ting, wherever possible.
The whole spirit of Apollo could be called in one sentence as Rocco Petrone did it
"No matter what happened to the space program in the future, it could never be like this again"
And of course there are lots of funny ones, like the classics from:
Shepard on bidding procedures and Evaluation Bord rankings : " This is all a waste of time. It doesn't make any difference what the score is, North American is is going to win."
Wernher v. Braun to a group of Headquater officials asking about the reliability rating of 0.9999 of the Saturn rocket :"Lieutenants, is there any reason why it won't work ?" "Nein, nein, nein, nein" . " O.K. gentlemen I have a reliability of four nines" :)
Absolutely highly recommended.
It's not a technical book, so don't expect to find minute details but more of a history book. Very well written and draws the reader into the story.
I have bought both the paperback and the kindle editions and can say the kindle edition is faithful to the phsyical book.
If you can find a copy get it.
I found myself living through the 60's, once again, following the development of the Apollo in a very well written book. I am a space nut and love this era of exploration and human development and loved to find interesting facts in this story which brought the Apollo era back for a couple of weeks. Enjoy!!!
I am amazed how much material there is on the Apollo missions. In fact I have started reading John Young's book Forever Young: A Life of Adventure in Air and Space. John Young flew Gemini, Apollo and Shuttle missions and walked on the Moon on Apollo 16 (see <...> for more information). There are 8 of the 12 Moon walkers still alive and this number, over time, will decrease. The 12 of these astronauts where a part of an unique fraternity, one which I am interested in reading about their experiences.
This is a long book, but it is far from boring. It covers the space program from the mid '50s through the early '70s. It is totally exciting, and you get a perfect picture of the academic setting that fostered eventually one of mankind's greatest achievements. In the several interviews that beautifully color the narrative with anecdotal stories, it's amazing how humble the old NASA hands are about their achievements. These were regular people of extraordinary intellect given essentially unlimited reign to do what was considered impossible. The scale of their designs cannot be overstated. The Apollo missions themselves could have been left out of this book, and I would have been completely satisfied.
APOLLO goes into great detail in the clash of competing egos at NASA: von Braun, Faget, Kraft, etc. Nuts and bolts debates about esoteric subjects often divided these geniuses to the point of bitterness (the one that comes to mind is the direct ascent vs. lunar orbit rendezvous). Did you know that it was once seriously considered that the Saturn V rocket would be pulled from the Vehicle Assembly Building to the launch pad on a barge? The adapter between the rocket and the spacecraft has a conical shape because the designers changed their mind twice about the diameter of the spacecraft? These and other details will blow your mind.
The authors manage a mix of technical detail and insight in to the personalities that made the technical achievement possible. They mostly cover the period from the late 1950's through the summer of 1970. They begin with the early organization of NASA and substantially end with a debriefing of the "successful failure" of Apollo 13. These were the years in which Apollo made the greatest technical strides. Apollo 14-17 are given only brief coverage, but this is appropriate as the book is substantially about the technical challenge of travelling safely to and from the moon. By Apollo 14, the technical challenge had been met.
The book was originally published in the late 1980's. The authors assisted in preparing the electronic version, which reads well on Kindle.
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I read almost all of it in one go. Fascinating.