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Chariots for Apollo: the making of the lunar moduleUser Review - Not Available - Book Verdict
This is a readable, colorful book that should be approached with caution. The authors put Grumman Corporation, prime contractor for the lunar module, in center stage. While contractors often get less ... Read full review
WONDERFUL book! A great take from the point of view of the Grumman people who took the 'little company that could' approach, in the face of supposedly more seasoned space companies. Seeing the mistakes made by those companies (Gemini, Apollo 1 & 13) with the more 'traditional' space vehicles they were making, was probably a good idea that the LEM (yes, LM in the book ;-), the LEAST 'traditional' of all the space vehicles, was designed and made by the company with the LEAST entrenched way of doing things.
My dad worked on the LEM as a sheet metal worker, even THEY got to contribute to getting the astronauts off the Moon and this is even MENTIONED in the book, as the head of the engineers was actually a metal worker HIMSELF, NOT an engineer! :-)
The book gets into these kind of details like no other book I've seen. Even how the cultural differences in 'those Long Islanders' caused friction at times (who stuck a memento into the decent stage?) or caused... 'logistical' problems (leather jacket at the time of the Apollo 13 accident got someone... delayed in a cell by local law enforcement, before he was given a 90mph escort to Grumman to help) or helped SAVE Apollo 13 ("that LEM was designed so DIFFERENTLY it was able to do things it was NEVER meant to do!")
Such a great read.