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Mike_The_First
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posted 10-09-2014 09:24 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for 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)?

As an aside, I'm also looking for something to get signed by Gerry Griffin — any chance he authored a book? That would make my life a lot easier. Well, this aspect, anyway.

lspooz
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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
Just an addition to your list (albeit not authored by Gerry Griffin) 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...

RobertB
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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.

Peter downunder
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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 Trench of Mission Control to the Craters of The Moon. 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.

bookcollector
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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
Mike, "Apollo Moon Missions, The Unsung Heroes" by Billy Watkins has a chapter on Gerry Griffin. That's the book that I got him to sign at ASF one year.

The ISBN is 9780275987022.

Mike_The_First
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posted 10-13-2014 11:15 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Mike_The_First     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks, all! I'll have to look into those.

The Watkins book in hardcover isn't exactly cheap (I've blown most of my pre-Christmas book budget already adding a bunch of signed books to my collection), but it looks like it may be possible to get it signed by a few of the subjects, which would make it a nice edition to my bookshelf (a term I use loosely, as that shopping spree discussed in the last parenthetical managed to outgrow my current bookshelf).

But before I pull a trigger on that book, I have a question not covered by the Amazon "Look Inside" preview.

It looks like every subject is broken down by "chapter". Is the page opposite the first page on each subject blank or do they print back to back?

bookcollector
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posted 10-17-2014 12:05 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for bookcollector   Click Here to Email bookcollector     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Can't help with the budget, but the page opposite each chapter in the Watkins book is indeed blank. Also, the chapter heading page is formatted perfectly for autographs. The chapter title is at the top of the page, then there is about three inches of blank space before the text begins. That's where I've been getting the signatures, but of course your book, your choice.

Mike_The_First
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posted 10-20-2014 01:51 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Mike_The_First     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by bookcollector:
That's where I've been getting the signatures, but of course your book, your choice.
Thank you!

onesmallstep
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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.

Mike_The_First
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posted 10-21-2014 05:10 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Mike_The_First     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I don't know about anyone else, but I can't stand when books are released only in paperback/softcover.

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