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posted 05-12-2004 08:15 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for mbsg   Click Here to Email mbsg     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
With so many autobiographies and books on the space program, I was wondering which books you would recommend to me?

I'm not a voracious reader, so as an opinion poll of sorts, let me ask you: What ONE book would you recommend to someone who wants to get the best historical snapshot of the following:

--Mercury Program (including astronaut selection process)
--Gemini Program
--Apollo Program

Three books in all. Only one from each program. What would you recommend?


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posted 05-12-2004 08:57 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for ColinBurgess   Click Here to Email ColinBurgess     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
1. For Spacious Skies: Carpenter & Stoever
2. Carrying the Fire: Collins
3. Last Man on the Moon: Cernan & Davis


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posted 05-12-2004 09:40 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for WAWalsh   Click Here to Email WAWalsh     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
For a full overview of the Apollo program, Chaikin's "A Man on the Moon" is hard to top.

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posted 05-12-2004 10:25 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rick Kaumeier   Click Here to Email Rick Kaumeier     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
In addition to Chaikin's "A Man on the Moon", I'd also recommend Murray & Cox's "Apollo: The Race to the Moon. Available only in hardcover and long out of print, it may be a bit difficult (and pricey) to track down a copy but the effort is definitely worth it. Murray & Cox document the Apollo from an engineering perspective, and together with Chaikin's more flight oriented coverage the two make a fine overview of the program.

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posted 05-12-2004 11:59 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for mbsg   Click Here to Email mbsg     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks for the suggestions. I'll certainly look into those books. Any opions on Neil Armstrong's writings?


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posted 05-12-2004 08:59 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Scott   Click Here to Email Scott     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I haven't read a lot of space books but I enjoyed "Carrying the Fire" and many parts of "Moonwalker" by Charlie Duke.

Scott "serial poster"

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posted 05-13-2004 03:29 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for documick   Click Here to Email documick     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I can't answer this yet as I am still reading. I recently discovered the new & used service on and have been gobbling up space-related books at extrordinarily low prices (many for $2 or $3). So far I have 12 of about 15 still to read. I highly recommend checking out Amazon if you're looking to pick up any of the books mentioned above (although the Murray & Cox book will still set you back about $75).


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posted 05-13-2004 06:35 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for TRS   Click Here to Email TRS     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
POssibly a bit more "general" than you are after, but I would commend "Tracking Apollo to the Moon" by Hamish Lindsay (Springer) as a good overview of pre-Mercury through ASTP: brief mission overviews, commentary on Russian programmes and major events. Lindsay has a nice, easy-to-read style and the book is organised so you can use it for general reference by program or mission.

You'll enjoy the even more if you watch "The Dish" before you start it!


Craig from Auckland, NZ


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posted 05-13-2004 03:50 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for randy   Click Here to Email randy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I would recommend 'We Seven' for Mercury, 'Failure is Not An Option' for Apollo and 'On the Shoulders of Titans' for Gemini.


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posted 05-19-2004 07:33 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for spaceman1953   Click Here to Email spaceman1953     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Carrying The Fire.....easy to read, I thought.....don't think I found any factual errors in it (HA !) of the few space books I read cover to cover......

But I am reading more of the pile.....just not consistently to give more suggestions.....This New Ocean appears to be one I should crack open from others' posts.

Gene Bella

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posted 05-20-2004 03:40 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Mike Dixon   Click Here to Email Mike Dixon     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Great suggestions all .... but I'd give a vote to John Noble Wilford's "We Reach The Moon" which, if my fading memory recalls, was released less than a week after Apollo 11 returned to home base.

An absolutely amazing array of NASA colour photos (many of which I've never seen elsewhere), graces the middle section of this paperback gem.

.... I think it might be hard to find but it's nevertheless a very good read !

From the land where petrol's $1.25 a litre



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posted 05-20-2004 03:54 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Wehaveliftoff   Click Here to Email Wehaveliftoff     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have several I can sell you but you haven't given us your email in your profile.

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posted 05-29-2004 07:10 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for BobbyA   Click Here to Email BobbyA     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Mercury- We seven
Gemini- We Have Capture
Apollo- The last man on the moon
And if you want all three summed up in one book, Deke! is a good place to start.

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