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posted 10-09-2014 09:24 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Mike_The_First   Click Here to Email Mike_The_First     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'm looking for suggestions for memoirs from NASA flight directors or controllers of which I may not be familiar.

I know Chris Kraft's "Flight," Gene Kranz's "Failure is Not an Option," and Sy Liebergot's "Apollo EECOM." Any others that you might recommend (or even any others that exist)?


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posted 10-09-2014 10:23 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for lspooz   Click Here to Email lspooz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
An addition to your list is the recent book "From The Trench of Mission Control to the Craters of the Moon."

More reading, just haven't read it myself yet...


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posted 10-10-2014 06:18 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for RobertB   Click Here to Email RobertB     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I liked Below Tranquility Base.

Richard Stachurski is an Air Force officer who was not an engineer and found himself working as a network controller.

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posted 10-11-2014 02:04 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Peter downunder   Click Here to Email Peter downunder     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
You can't beat Murray and Cox's "Apollo: The Race to the Moon." By far one of the very best.

One disappointing example for me was John Llewellyn's "From The Trenches of Korea to the Trench in Mission Control." It was more of a pamphlet than a book. After reading of his exploits in Apollo, I guess I got my hopes up a little too high.


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posted 10-13-2014 12:47 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for bookcollector   Click Here to Email bookcollector     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
"Apollo Moon Missions, The Unsung Heroes" by Billy Watkins has a chapter on Gerry Griffin.

The ISBN is 9780275987022.


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posted 10-21-2014 02:55 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for onesmallstep   Click Here to Email onesmallstep     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Add Glynn Lunney's self-published memoir Highways into Space. Haven't read it so I'll leave it to others to review.

Max Q

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posted 11-12-2017 04:44 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Max Q   Click Here to Email Max Q     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I am reading "Go, Flight! The Unsung Heroes of Mission Control, 1965-1992" at the moment, with Sy Liebergot's book next.

Has John Aaron written a book and if so what's it called? I don't seem to be able to find any info. Also any other worthy reads from the MOCR that you guys know of please let me know.

Editor's note: Threads merged.


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posted 11-13-2017 09:42 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rick   Click Here to Email Rick     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
John Aaron has not written a book, although if and when he does, it would be a fascinating read for obvious reasons.

Add to the memoirs already mentioned here, Jerry Bostick's self-published title "The Kid From Golden."

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