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The Astronaut Maker

The Astronaut Maker (EPUB ebook)

By Cassutt, Michael

"The real book about the manned space program would be a book about George Abbey." -Richard Truly, former astronaut and Administrator of NASA One of the most elusive and controversial figures in NASA's history, George W. S. Abbey was called "the Dark Lord," "the Godfather," and "...UNO" (unidentified NASA official) by those within NASA. He was said to be secretive, despotic, a Space Age Machiavelli. Yet Abbey had more influence on human spaceflight than almost anyone in history. From young pilot and wannabe astronaut to engineer, bureaucrat, and finally director of the Johnson Space Center ("mission control"), Abbey's story has never been fully told-until now. The Astronaut Maker takes readers inside NASA to learn the real story of how Abbey rose to power and wielded it out of the spotlight. Over a 37-year career he oversaw the selection of every astronaut class from 1978 to 1987, deciding who got to fly, and when; was with the Apollo 1 astronauts the night before the fire that killed them in January 1967; was in mission control the night of the Apollo 13 accident and organized the recovery effort; led NASA's recruitment of women and minorities as Space Shuttle astronauts-including hiring Sally Ride; and much more. By the coauthor of the acclaimed astronaut memoirs DEKE! and We Have Capture and informed by countless hours of interviews with Abbey and his family, friends, adversaries, and former colleagues, The Astronaut Maker is the ultimate insider's account of ambition and power politics at NASA.
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ISBN 9781613737033
Published 1 Aug 2018
Publisher Chicago Review Press
Available in EPUB format
Software Adobe Ebook Compatible Devices
Language en

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ISBN-13 9781613737033
Stock Available
Status Wheelers ePlatform
Publisher Chicago Review Press
Imprint Chicago Review Press
Released 1 Aug 2018
Publication Country
Format EPUB ebook
Author(s) By Cassutt, Michael
Category Biography & Autobiography
Biography & Autobiography: General
Biography & Autobiography: Science, Technology & Engineering
Technology, Engineering & Agriculture
History Of Engineering & Technology
Aerospace & Aviation Technology
Number of Pages 480
Dimensions Not specified
Dewey Code 629.4092
Weight Not specified - defaults to 0g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience