Countdown: An Autobiography, by Frank Borman with Robert J. Serling, Signed by Borman, First Edition, 1988

Borman, Frank with Robert J. Serling. Countdown: An Autobiography. New York: Silver Arrow Books, 1988. First Edition. Octavo. In the original dust jacket and boards. Signed by Borman on the half title page.

Presented is a first edition of Countdown: An Autobiography, written by Frank Borman with Robert J. Serling. Silver Arrow Books, in New York, published the book in 1988.  This first edition is signed by Frank Borman on the publisher’s sticker pasted to the half title page. The signature reads, “Frank Borman, Apollo 8” in black ink. Countdown recounts Borman's flights aboard NASA's Gemini 7 and Apollo 8, and his battle to keep Eastern Airlines financially sound during his tenure as the company's president.

Frank Borman is a retired United States Air Force (USAF) colonel, aeronautical engineer, test pilot, businessman, rancher, and NASA astronaut. In 1966, Borman set a fourteen-day spaceflight endurance record as commander of Gemini 7. He also served on the NASA review board which investigated the Apollo 1 fire, and then flew to the Moon with Apollo 8 in December 1968. As the commander of Apollo 8, he and his crew-mates Jim Lovell and Bill Anders became the first of twenty four humans to fly around the Moon, for which he was awarded the Congressional Space Medal of Honor. Borman’s account of his involvement with NASA during its halcyon years is both insightful and exhilarating.

Borman also took on challenging roles after Apollo 8. He was NASA’s White House liaison for the Apollo 11 mission and conducted diplomatic missions in Europe and the USSR.  In 1975, Borman was appointed president of Eastern Airlines and assumed responsibility for a one billion dollar deficit, hard labor contracts, a very competitive market, and a fuel efficient plane fleet. The book describes Eastern's prolonged, bitter struggle to remain independent, a management and labor fight Borman lost in 1986 when Eastern became part of Texas Air. Countdown is an autobiography rich in drama, excitement, and resilience of character, during a thrilling career in the realm of space exploration and aviation.


Good condition. In the original glossy dust jacket, some toning due to age. In original white hardcover boards with gilt titles to spine. Some light staining to the front and back blue endpaper, but internal pages are very healthy and clean. Borman’s signature in black ink “ Frank Borman  Apollo 8” is on the publisher’s sticker, adhered to the center of the half title page. Illustrated throughout with 16 full pages of black and white photographs. 448 pp. Book Dimensions: 9 1/2” H x 6 1/2” W x 1 3/8” D.

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