Cunningham, Walter. The All-American Boys. New York: ibooks, Inc., 2003. Updated edition, first printing. Octavo. Signed and inscribed by Walter Cunningham on the full title page. In the original dust jacket and black hardback boards with silver titles to the spine.
This is a first edition, first printing of the updated version of The All-American Boys, Walter Cunningham's candid look at America's space program. First published in 1977, this July 2003 updated printing was published by ibooks, Inc. in New York. The book is presented in its original dust jacket and boards and is signed and inscribed on the full title page, “To Dick- A good Aggie- Enjoy! Walt Cunningham Apollo 7” in black ink.
The All-American Boys is a no-holds-barred candid memoir by the former Marine jet pilot and physicist, who became NASA's second civilian astronaut. From its insider's view of the pervasive "astropolitics" that guided the functioning of the astronaut corps, to its thoughtful discussion of the Shuttle Columbia tragedy, The All-American Boys resonates with Cunningham's passion for space travel and exploration. Cunningham brings readers into NASA's training program and reveals what it takes to be an astronaut. He poignantly relates the story of the devastating Apollo 1 fire that took the lives of three astronauts and his own later successful flight on Apollo 7.
Original dust jacket, with some creasing and fading. Dust jacket covered with Brodart for protection. In original black hard boards with silver embossed titles to the spine. Signed “To Dick- A good Aggie- Enjoy! Walt Cunningham Apollo 7” on the full title page in black felt-tipped ink. Signature is bold, large, and legible. Clean and healthy interior pages, save light creasing to the bottom corner of the text block. 439 pp.