The Astronaut Maker by Michael Cassutt audiobook

The Astronaut Maker: How One Mysterious Engineer Ran Human Spaceflight for a Generation

By Michael Cassutt
Read by Eric Martin

Tantor Audio 9781613737002

Unabridged

Format: Library CD (In Stock)
  • ISBN: 9781977306005

  • ISBN: 9781977306005

Runtime: 15.67 Hours
Category: Nonfiction/Biography
Audience: Adult
Language: English

Summary

Summary

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 listeners 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.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“The real book about the manned space program would be a book about George Abbey.” Richard Truly, former astronaut and administrator of NASA
“NASA buffs will be fascinated by this profile.” Publishers Weekly

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Author

Author Bio: Michael Cassutt

Author Bio: Michael Cassutt

Michael Cassutt is a television producer, screenwriter, and author. His notable television work includes producing or writing, or both, for The Outer LimitsEerie, IndianaBeverly Hills, 90210; and The Twilight Zone. In addition to his work in television, he has written more than thirty short stories, predominately in the genres of science fiction and fantasy, and has published novels, including The Star CountryDragon Season, and Red Moon. Cassutt also contributes nonfiction articles to magazines and is the author of the nonfiction book Who’s Who in Space.

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Details

Details

Available Formats : CD, Library CD
Category: Nonfiction/Biography
Runtime: 15.67
Audience: Adult
Language: English