SP-4223 "Before This Decade Is
[379-385] An Annotated Project Apollo Bibliography
- Armstrong, Neil A. et al. First on the
Moon: A Voyage with Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins and Edwin E.
Aldrin, Jr. Written with Gene Farmer and Dora Jane Hamblin.
Epilogue by Arthur C. Clarke. Boston: Little, Brown, 1970. This is
the "official" memoir of the Apollo 11 landing mission to the Moon
in 1969. Contains much personal information about the astronauts
that is not available elsewhere.
- -. The First Lunar Landing: 20th
Anniversary/as Told by the Astronauts, Neil Armstrong, Edwin
Aldrin, Michael Collins. Washington, DC: National Aeronautics and
Space Administration EP-73, 1989. This is a short recollection of
the Apollo 11 mission by the astronauts.
- Atkinson, Joseph D., Jr., and Shafritz,
Jay M. The Real Stuff: A History of the NASA Astronaut
Requirements Program. New York: Praeger Pubs., 1985. The authors
present a solid overview of the selection of the NASA astronauts
and their development.
- Benson, Charles D. and Faherty, William
A History of Apollo Launch Facilities and
Operations. Washington, DC:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration SP-4204, 1978. An
excellent history of the design and construction of the lunar
launch facilities at Kennedy Space Center.
- Bergaust, Erik. Murder on Pad 34. New
York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1968. A highly-critical account of the
investigation of the Apollo 204 accident in January 1967 that
killed astronauts Gus Grissom, Roger Chaffee, and Ed White.
- Bilstein, Roger E. Stages
to Saturn: A Technological History of the Apollo/Saturn Launch
Vehicles. Washington, DC: National
Aeronautics and Space Administration SP-4206, 1980. This thorough
and well-written book gives a detailed but highly readable account
of the enormously complex process whereby NASA and especially the
Marshall Space Flight Center under the direction of Wernher von
Braun developed the launch vehicles used in the Apollo program
ultimately to send 12 humans to the Moon.
- Booker, Peter Jeffrey; Frewer, G.C.; and,
Pardoe, G.K.C. Project Apollo: The Way to the Moon. New York:
American Elsevier Pub. Co., 1969. A popular and readable account
prepared in anticipation of and released just after the Apollo 11
mission in 1969, this book condenses the essential details of 10
years of American space activities into a short narrative.
- Borman, Frank. Countdown: An
Autobiography. New York: William Morrow, Silver Arrow Books, 1988.
With Robert J. Serling. Written to appear on the twentieth
anniversary of the first lunar landing, this autobiography spans
much more than the Apollo program.
- Breuer, William B. Race to the Moon:
America's Duel with the Soviets. Westport, CT: Praeger, 1993. This
book, written by a journalist who has made a career out of writing
World War II adventures, is neither about the race to the Moon,
nor the U.S. rivalry with the U.S.S.R. The majority of it is,
instead, about the World War II efforts of the German rocket team
under Wernher von Braun at Peenemuende, their wartime exploits,
their surrender to American forces in 1945, and their post-war
activities in the U.S.
- Brooks, Courtney G., Grimwood, James M.,
and Swenson, Loyd S., Jr. Chariots
for Apollo: A History of Manned Lunar Spacecraft. Washington, D.C.: National Aeronautics and Space
Administration SP-4205, 1979. The authors of this book describe
the development of the spacecraft used in Project Apollo.
- Collins, Michael. Carrying the Fire: An
Astronaut's Journeys. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1974.
This is the first candid book about life as an astronaut, written
by the member of the Apollo 11 crew that remained in orbit around
the Moon. The author comments on other astronauts, describes the
seemingly endless preparations for flights to the Moon, and
assesses the results.
- -. Liftoff: The Story of America's
Adventure in Space. New York: Grove Press, 1988. A general history
of the U.S. space program for a popular audience written by a
former astronaut, begins with an account by one of the three
participating astronauts of the Apollo 11 flight. He then flashes
back to the post-World War II beginnings of the United States'
interest in space and traces the evolution of the space program
through the history of the Apollo program.
- Compton, W. David. Where
No Man Has Gone Before: A History of Apollo Lunar Exploration
Missions. Washington, DC: National
Aeronautics and Space Administration SP-4214, 1989. This
clearly-written account traces the ways in which scientists with
interests in the Moon and engineers concerned with landing people
on the Earth's satellite resolved their differences of approach
and carried out a mission that made major contributions to science
and developed remarkable engineering achievements.
- Cooper, Henry S.F. Apollo on the Moon. New
York: Dial Press, 1969. In this book Cooper predicts, before the
landing of Apollo 11 astronauts on the Moon in July 1969, what
they would encounter. More important, he follows the preparations
for the mission with great skill and recounts them in his personal
and scintillating style. A small work, this book is barely 140
pages and is taken almost verbatim from two of Cooper's New Yorker
- -. Moon Rocks. New York: Dial Press, 1970.
This is an informal account of the first investigating team's
examining the lunar samples at Houston.
- -. Thirteen: The Flight that Failed. New
York: Dial Press, 1973. A lively account of the nearly-disastrous
flight of Apollo 13.
- Fries, Sylvia D. NASA
Engineers and the Age of Apollo.
Washington, DC: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
SP-4104, 1992. This book is a sociocultural analysis of a
selection of engineers at NASA who worked on Project
- Furniss, Tim, "One Small Step"-The Apollo
Missions, the Astronauts, the Aftermath: A Twenty Year
Perspective. Somerset, England: G.T. Foulis & Co., 1989.
Developed as a retrospective celebration on the twentieth
anniversary of the lunar landing, this book tries to recreate the
exhilaration of the Apollo missions.
- Gray, Mike. Angle of Attack: Harrison
Storms and the Race to the Moon. New York: W.W. Norton and Co.,
1992. This is a lively journalistic account of the career of
Harrison Storms, president of the Aerospace Division of North
American Aviation that built the Apollo capsule.
- Hallion, Richard P., and Crouch, Tom D.
Editor. Apollo: Ten Years Since Tranquility Base. Washington, DC:
Smithsonian Institution Press, 1979. This is a collection of
essays developed for the National Air and Space Museum,
commemorating the tenth anniversary of man's first landing on the
Moon, July 20, 1969.
- Hoyt, Edwin P. The Space Dealers: A Hard
Look at the Role of Business in the U.S. Space Effort. New York:
The John Day Co., 1971. This book describes the intricate
interrelationships between government organizations such as NASA
and the aerospace industry. Not specifically focused on Project
Apollo, it uses it as a test case in looking at the larger
question of government/industry relations.
- Kennan, Erlend A., and Harvey, Edmund H.,
Jr. Mission to the Moon: A Critical Examination of NASA and the
Space Program. New York: William Morrow and Co., 1969. This book
features a detailed examination of the facts of the Apollo 204
fire in January 1967 that killed three astronauts. It does not
provide a balanced account of the lunar landing program or NASA.
Instead it is filled with critical asides.
- Launius, Roger D. NASA: A History of the
U.S. Civil Space Program. Melbourne, FL: Krieger, 1994. A short
book in the Anvil Series, this history of U.S. civilian space
efforts consists half of narrative and half of documents. It
contains three chapters on the Apollo program, but while coverage
consists more of overview than detailed analysis, the approach is
broadly analytical and provides the most recent general treatment
of its topic.
- Lewis, Richard S. Appointment on the Moon:
The Inside Story of America's Space Adventure. New York: Viking,
1969. Perhaps the first book to capitalize on the success of
Apollo 11 in 1969, this history appeared within days of the
- Logsdon, John M. The Decision to Go to the
Moon: Project Apollo and the National Interest. Cambridge, MA: The
MIT Press, 1970. This book describes in detail the political issue
of how the United States decided to go to the Moon in 1961.
- McDougall, Walter A., . . .The Heavens and
the Earth: A Political History of the Space Age. New York: Basic
Books, 1985. This Pulitzer Prize-winning book analyzes the space
race to the Moon.
- Mailer, Norman. Of a Fire on the Moon.
Boston: Little, Brown, 1970. London, Weidenfeld & Nicolson,
1970. New York: New American Library, 1971. One of the foremost
American writers, Mailer was commissioned to write about the first
lunar landing. But he was forced, grudgingly, to admit that NASA's
approach to task accomplishment-which he sees as the embodiment of
the Protestant Work Ethic-and its technological and scientific
capability got results with Apollo.
- Mansfield, John M. Man on the Moon. New
York: Stein and Day, 1969. Written by a BBC television producer,
this book begins with ancient conceptions of the Moon and
continues with theoretical foundations for the space age in their
works of science fiction authors and theoreticians. The book's
capstone is a discussion of NASA and Project Apollo.
- Masursky, Harold; Colton, G.W.; and
El-Baz, Farouk. Apollo
Over the Moon: A View from Orbit.
Washington, DC: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
SP-362, 1978. This is an excellent encapsulation of the Apollo
program with striking photography.
- Murray, Charles A., and Cox, Catherine
Bly. Apollo, the Race to the Moon. New York: Simon and Schuster,
1989. Perhaps the best general account of the lunar program, this
history uses interviews and documents to reconstruct the stories
of the people who participated in Apollo.
- Rabinowitch, Eugene, and Lewis, Richard S.
Editors. Man on the Moon: The Impact on Science, Technology, and
International Cooperation. New York: Basic Books, 1969. The
editors have assembled articles that provide a range of views on
the impact of the exploration of space on science, technology, and
international cooperation. Each author approaches the subject from
their own perspective, speculating on the meaning of the Apollo
lunar landing and offering prognostications for the future.
- Thomas, Davis. Editor. Moon: Man's
Greatest Adventure. New York: H.N. Abrams, 1970. A large-format,
illustrated work, the centerpiece of this book are three major
essays. One, by Fred A. Whipple, Harvard University astronomer,
describes the possibilities of space flight for scientific
inquiry. Another by Silvio A. Bedini, Smithsonian Institution,
deals with the Moon's role in human affairs. A final article by
Wernher von Braun, of NASA, analyzes Project Apollo and its
execution in the 1960s.
- von Braun, Wernher. First Men to the Moon.
New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1966. A popular account of
Apollo based of a series of articles appearing in This Week
magazine. Its greatest strength is the inclusion of easily
understood diagrams of scientific phenomena and hardware.
- Wilford, John Noble. We Reach the Moon:
The New York Times Story of Man's Greatest Adventure. New York:
Bantam Books, 1969. One of the earliest of the journalistic
accounts to appear at the time of Apollo 11, a key feature of this
general and journeyman but not distinguished history is a 64-page
color insert with photographs of the mission. It was prepared by
the science writer of the New York Times using his past
- Young, Hugo, Silcock, Bryan, and Dunn,
Peter. Journey to Tranquillity: The History of Man's Assault on
the Moon. London: Cape, 1969. Garden City, NY: Doubleday, 1970. A
ponderous "anti-Apollo" broadside, this book seeks to cast
aspersions on the entire space program.