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The All-American Boys. by  Walter Cunningham - Signed First Edition - 1977 - from Raptis Rare Books (SKU: 117869)

The All-American Boys.

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The All-American Boys.

by Cunningham, Walter

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New York: Macdonald and Co, 1977. First edition of "the best of all the astronaut books" (Los Angeles Times). Octavo, original half cloth, illustrated. Presentation copy, warmly inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "To Dick, one of the All-City boys. Hope you enjoy it as much I enjoyed living it. Walt (ex-writer)." The recipient, Richard J. V. Johnson was the long-time chairman and publisher of the Houston Chronicle and covered the Apollo 7 mission. Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Robert Silverman. Written with the assistance of Mickey Herskowitz. 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.


Aided by Texas newsman Mickey Herskowitz, Walter Cunningham presents the astronauts in all their strengths and their weaknesses and of the cut-throat “astropolitics” that dictated how the astronaut corps functioned. But this is not just a “tell-all” autobiography. It is also a story of triumph and tragedy. Cunningham brings us into the training program itself and reveals what it takes physically and mentally to be an astronaut. In addition, he relates the story of the devastating Apollo 1 fire that took the lives of astronauts Grissom, White, and Chaffee. Cunningham then takes the reader on the flight of Apollo 7, which became the first successful Earth-orbiting mission.


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The All-American Boys.
Cunningham, Walter
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Macdonald and Co
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The All-American Boys First Edition
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Founded by Matthew and Adrienne Raptis, Raptis Rare Books is an antiquarian book firm that specializes in literature, children's books, economics, photo books, signed and inscribed books, and landmark books in all fields. Our business model is simple: we strive to handle books that are in exceptional condition and to provide exceptional customer service. We are proud members of the Antiquarian Booksellers Association of America (ABAA) and the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers (ILAB) and exhibit at major book fairs in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Boston, as well as other regional fairs.


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