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The All-American Boys

Walter Cunningham

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 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.
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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.

Language:

English

Length:

21h 46m


Chapters

Free Sample

05:00

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

25:24


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

25:24


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

26:29


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

19:14


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

16:00


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

24:49


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

13:59


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

22:45


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

25:09


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

22:25


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

24:43


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

23:08


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

16:04


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

19:53


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

24:13


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

24:30


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

26:33


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

24:37


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

21:25


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

25:28


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

25:11


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

27:03


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

31:39


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

27:42


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

25:08


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

30:03


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

25:51


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

25:39


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

18:06


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

26:34


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

25:42


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

30:25


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

26:06


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

26:41


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

26:02


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

18:49


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

29:35


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

21:37


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

25:25


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

22:30


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

29:52


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

23:06


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

29:34


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

20:32


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

25:35


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

19:24


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

28:43


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

25:53


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

29:11


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

23:01


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

26:59


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

23:09


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

19:47


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

13:33