The All-American Boys is a no-holds-barred candid memoir by a former Marine jet jockey and physicist who became NASA's second civilian astronaut. Walter Cunningham presents the astronauts in all their strengths and their weaknesses in this dramatically revised and totally updated edition of a book that was considered an instant classic in its first edition over two decades ago. From its insider's view of the pervasive "astropolitics" that guided the functioning of the astronaut corps to its thoughtful discussion of the Columbia tragedy, The All-American Boys resonates with Cunningham's passion for humanity's destiny in space which endures today.
This is not just a "tell-all" book. It is also a story of the triumph of American heroes. Cunningham brings us into the NASA training program and reveals what it takes physically and mentally to be an astronaut. He poignantly relates the story of the devastating Apollo 1 fire that took the lives of astronauts Grissom, White, and Chaffee and his own later successful flight on Apollo 7--the longest, most ambitious, and most successful first test flight any new machine - ever.
This new edition includes an update of the manned space program and his "tell it like it is" observation of NASA's successes and failures. It also includes commentary on the Shuttle disasters Of Challenger and Columbia and his views on what NASA should be doing to get back on track and to regain public support.
"The most realistic look yet at astronaut life." (Chicago Sun-Times)
"The best of all the astronaut books..." (Los Angeles Times)
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WARNING: Loooooong diatribe
- Sean D. Mcclinton
Walt Speaks the Truth
Honest, Interesting, Opinionated
Riding Rockets, Carrying the Fire
Hearing Walt tell his own story, with his little inflections and snickers, along with hearing a very serious voice at times, allows you to really understand his feelings
How the early astronauts were thrust into the world of celebrity while making government pay and realizing that they could die at any time without having the benefit of anyone offering them life insurance
Walt at his opinionated best. When this book first was published in the 1970's, it was the first book to feature the astronauts as they really were. His perspective on the space program after he left where we have given so much technology to the Russians is shot from the hip and to the point. I highly recommend the audio book as well as the printed version
- Tracy T. Kornfeld