The All-American Boys, by Apollo astronaut, Walter Cunningham, was released on the Fourth of
July 2003. Out of print, for a couple of years, a new paperback
version will be released sometime in September 2009 with new cover
artwork and additional photographs inside.
How did astronauts react to the Columbia disaster, to
the Challenger accident and the Apollo 1 fire? How do the present-day astronauts feel
about flying the Shuttle Orbiter? How safe is the Orbiter? Is the International Space
Station more than just a destination for the space shuttle? The All-American Boys
provides candid answers to these and other important questions.
Cunningham tells how NASA lost its way and who is
responsible. He shares his views on how NASA management has measured up to the reputation
they inherited from the Sixties and Seventies - the days of Apollo.
Cunningham is both admiring of our Russian competitors
in the race to the moon and critical of how they became our indispensable partners on the
International Space Station. He tells what it has cost the United States for this dubious
"partnership" and how it gave birth to the most dangerous period for astronauts in the
last forty years.
The book is a no-holds-barred; behind the scenes look
at the manned space program beginning in the high-flying Sixties and Seventies
- the golden
age of manned spaceflight - through the shuttle Columbia disaster. The All-American Boys
recounts the human side of the space program. It provides honest insight into the men and
the motives for the moon landings. Cunningham describes the fun and games, the office
politics, the pecking order, and the easy rewards of playing Don Juan the astronaut. Along
the way, The All-American Boys resonates with passion for humanity's destiny in
These are only a few of the topics addressed in The
All-American Boys. Cunningham discusses the consequences of the Columbia disaster and
lays out his own road map for NASA to regain credibility and direction.
"The most realistic look yet at astronaut life," is
what the Chicago Sun-Times had to say about The All-American Boys, while the Los
Angeles Times described it as, "The best of the astronaut books."
Cunningham is a fighter pilot (Col. USMCR-Retired),
physicist, NASA's second civilian astronaut, pilot of Apollo 7, the first manned flight of
the program to land a man on the moon, entrepreneur, venture capitalist, lecturer, and
host of Lift-Off To Logic, a radio call-in talk Show.
Available in paperback
as of October 2004,
this revised edition
includes an update of recent NASA programs, Shuttle-Mir, the
International Space Station, and the partnership with the Russians.
Walt's observations on NASA's successes and failures are "tell it
like it is." It includes commentary on the Shuttle Columbia disaster
and his suggestions on what it will take to help get NASA back on
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Read an excerpt from The All-American
Chapter 2 - You Lucky Sonofobitch!
Chapter 5 - Fun and Games
Chapter 8 - The Flight of The
Chapter 19 - What Our Past
Tells Us About Our Future
Walt was selected as the
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for January 2004!
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