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The All-American Boys

3.75  ·  Rating Details  ·  64 Ratings  ·  5 Reviews
"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 decad ...more
Hardcover, 448 pages
Published July 1st 2003 by iBooks (first published October 1977)
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Nov 28, 2014 Lexi marked it as will-never-finish  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nasa, non-fiction
Made it most of the way through this book and then realized that I still had 150 pages to go and Cunningham had wrapped up his NASA career chapters ago.
Christopher Nieman
Much more a memoir than a biography, this was essentially the first 'tell-all' book by one of the early astronauts, and it's one of the more candid portrayals of astronauts and what makes them tick.

Walter Cunningham flew aboard Apollo 7 in 1968--the first manned mission after the Apollo 204 (aka 'Apollo 1') fire.

I originally found this book in my local library in the early 90s, as it was long out of print (it was originally published in 1977). The book has since been republished, so I was able t
Overall I enjoyed reading Mr. Cunningham's book. The prose is highly readable with very little technical astronaut jargon. The aspect of the book that I was disappointed in was the author's incessant need to give the reader his personal opinion on every topic. I fully realize that this is Mr. Cunningham's book to do with as he wished. However, I feel that as one of a select group of individuals who have actually traveled into space Mr. Cunningham could have refrained from constantly dispensing h ...more
May 19, 2012 Justin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: space, non-fiction
This is a solid "Astro bio" that has been recommended but a number of my space friends. I enjoyed it easily as much as any of the others I have read. Because I have read other books about the same period such as Gene Kranz's "Failure is not an option" or the Shuttle-Mir examination "Dragonfly" somethings here were familiar territory. However there is a unique perspective and Cunningham is very candid and critical in certain places and does not sugar coat.

In particular I enjoyed his stories abou
Sep 17, 2014 Burke rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the best memoirs by the Apollo astronauts. Walt tells it like it was - the good, the bad, the ugly, and the hilarious.
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