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bookcover APOLLO: AN EYEWITNESS ACCOUNT BY ASTRONAUT/EXPLORER/ARTIST/MOONWALKER by Alan Bean, John Glenn (Introduction), Andrew L. Chaikin (Contributor)
$31.50 Format: Hardcover, 176pp Publisher: Greenwich Workshop Press Pub. Date: October 1998
When NASA sent the crew of Apollo 12 to the moon, they may not have realized that they were giving an artist the vision that would carry him through a lifetime of painting. The artist, of course, was astronaut Alan Bean, whose trip to the moon with pals Pete Conrad and Dick Gordon sunk so deeply into his brain that he's been trying to get it down on canvas ever since. He even mixes moon dust and bits of charred Apollo 12 heat shield into his paints to capture a bit of the Ocean of Storms in each image. The astronauts Bean paints are brave, exuberant, and all-American, right down to the reflections of Old Glory in their mirrored visors. His moon is surprisingly colorful and dreamlike, a magical place for jumping higher than you ever did before, racing around in the lunar rover, and swatting golf balls into orbit. Apollo: An Eyewitness Account, coauthored with space expert Andrew Chaikin, is filled with Bean's riveting stories and paintings, recording a long, successful career as an explorer-artist. He recreates the drama and brash enthusiasm of the Apollo program in bold strokes. --Therese Littleton

bookcover COUNTDOWN: A HISTORY OF SPACE FLIGHT by T. A. Heppenheimer
$21.00 Hardcover - 400 pages Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated Pub. Date: April 1997
Seasoned aerospace historian Heppenheimer incorporates all the latest material from the former Soviet Union to produce a comprehensive depiction of spaceflight, manned and unmanned. Although he covers much familiar ground, the new data he has acquired allow him to dramatize the extent to which limited resources handicapped Soviet military and civilian space efforts, the early American lead in reconnaissance satellites and large-thrust engines, and the emergence of cooperation in recent manned spaceflights. Heppenheimer's general antipathy to manned spaceflight will, however, be controversial, especially since he dismisses it as vainglorious, refers to Soviet female cosmonauts as "quota queens," and does not note the recent efforts at and the current possibilities for making it substantially less expensive. Yet even manned-spaceflight advocates who will excoriate the book for its biases definitely should read it. Those who approach it more disinterestedly will find it an invaluable reference for the technology and the politics of spaceflight. Roland Green

bookcover DEKE! : U.S. MANNED SPACE: FROM MERCURY TO THE SHUTTLE by Donald K. Slayton, Michael Cassutt (Contributor), Deke Slayton
$11.96 Paperback Reprint edition (July 1995)
The autobiography of one of the original Mercury Seven astronauts, this is one of the best additions to the literature of the early American space effort. Slayton, who'd first flown as a World War II bomber pilot, came to the space program by a somewhat circuitous route. He was grounded in 1962 because of a heart murmur, and actually flew as an astronaut only once, in the 1975 Apollo-Soyuz mission. He was head of the astronaut office, however, and as such, one of the key persons involved in selecting crew, a process he describes with an insider's knowledge of detail and considerable frankness about the virtues and limitations of his colleagues. At the same time, Slayton never lost, nor will his readers miss, the sense of wonder with which space was contemplated in the days when it was a high and gallant dream. Roland Green Copyrightę 1994, American Library Association. All rights reserved --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
I loved this book. I will caution you about the language in this book. There is cursing.

bookcover FOR ALL MANKIND Harry Hurt
$10.36 Format: Paperback, 352pp. Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Inc. Pub. Date: March 1990 Edition Desc: REPRINT
Between December 1968 and December 1972, twenty-four men captured the imagination of the world as they voyaged to the moon. For All Mankind presents a dramatic, engrossing, and comprehensive account of what President John F. Kennedy called "the most hazardous and dangerous and greatest adventure on which man has ever embarked." Based on exclusive interviews with the Apollo astronauts, For All Mankind contains the most comprehensive and revealing firsthand accounts of space travel ever assembled. This edition has been reissued in honor of the thirtieth anniversary of the first lunar landing.

$17.46 Format: Hardcover, 356pp Publisher: St. Martin's Press, Inc. Pub. Date: March 1999
Eugene Cernan holds a unique distinction in NASA history: In all, NASA astronauts walked on the moon 12 times; Cernan did it twice. He was an astronaut throughout the storied Apollo program, and in The Last Man on the Moon , he recalls those exciting and turbulent days. From the tragic deaths incurred in the accident that struck Apollo 1 to Apollo 10's pioneering trip to the dark side of the moon, Apollo 11's pioneering moon walks, and the final (to date) footprints -- placed there by Cernan himself -- on the moon's surface, it's all here, recalled by one of the men who witnessed it all.

Format: Paperback, 704pp. Publisher: Viking Penguin Pub. Date: March 1998
A decade in the making, this book is based on hundreds of hours of in-depth interviews with each of the twenty-four moon voyagers, as well as those who contributed their brain power, training and teamwork on Earth. In his preface Chaikin writes, "We touched the face of another world and became a people without limits." What follows are thrilling accounts of such remarkable experiences as the rush of a liftoff, the heart-stopping touchdown on the moon, the final hurdle of re-entry, competition for a seat on a moon flight, the tragic spacecraft fire, and the search for clues to the origin of the solar system on the slopes of lunar mountains.

bookcover ONE GIANT LEAP Mary Ann Fraser
Format: Paperback, 40pp. Publisher: Henry Holt & Company, Incorporated Pub. Date: February 1999 Edition Desc: REPRINT
Gr 4-7-Wide use of quotes from mission control and the Apollo 11 transmissions give readers a feeling of immediacy, even though the event is ancient history to the intended age group. The main text begins with blast-off and ends with Neil Armstrong's first step on the moon. There is a two-page follow-up in smaller print telling about international cooperation in space exploration today. Full-color paintings spread over the double-page spreads, with the text printed on the uncluttered area. Diagrams of the Saturn V rocket and the Apollo 11 spacecraft are on the front endpapers and a glossary and diagrams of the spaceship's path and a spacesuit are on the back. This lively account of the first lunar landing will be a welcome addition to most collections.-Margaret M. Hagel, Norfolk Public Library System, VA

$14.97 Format: Hardcover, 304pp Publisher: Doubleday & Company, Incorporated Pub. Date: June 1999
From The Publisher: In 1963, a young reporter named Jim Schefter was given a dream job: cover America's race to the moon. Since the astronauts were under contract to Life, Schefter's employer, for their stories, he was given unparalleled access to the lives of all the players at NASA. Of course, for PR reasons he could not write a fraction of what he saw then. Now, at last, he can tell it all. As incredible as the "official" story of the space program is, the true, behind-the-scenes tale is more thrilling, entertaining, and ultimately, more ennobling. There were vicious battles between the German (often ex-Nazi) rocket pioneers and the younger American engineers; feuds and practical jokes; astronauts whose private lives were considerably more colorful than has been portrayed; many near-fatal accidents other than Apollo 13; political chicanery from the Kremlin and the White House; and dozens of smart, brave, larger-than-life individuals pulling off the greatest exploration in the history of humankind. No one could tell this story as fully and as well as Jim Schefter. Given full access to NASA archives and the personal papers of many of the participants, both Russian and American, trusted by the astronauts and mission controllers who want the real story passed on to history, Schefter brings to life a more innocent, heroic era in all its bravado and complexity. From drunken astronaut escapades and groupies to near disasters and ferocious political infighting, the race to the moon was anything but the smooth journey of popular imagination. From Library Journal: Schefter, who as a journalist covered NASA from 1963 to 1973, bares all on the race to the moon.

$15.96 Format: Paperback, 128pp Publisher: Cassell Academic Pub. Date: September 1997 Edition Desc: 1 PBK ED
Embark on the most exciting adventure known to man--space travel. Get an inside-the-capsule look at life in orbit, from working out in a space gymnasium to eating on a spaceship. With reminiscences from Apollo 17 astronaut Harrison Schmitt and a look-back at the cosmonauts, plus insight into the early struggle for supremacy by leaders in space travel. 128 pages, 40 color illus., 8 3/4 x 11 1/4.

bookcover SPACEFLIGHT: A SMITHSONIAN GUIDE Valerie Neal Frank H. Winter Cathleen S. Lewis
$14.40 Format: Paperback, 256pp Publisher: Macmillan Publishing Company, Incorporated Pub. Date: January 1995




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