There have been hundreds of books written regarding the Apollo Program, some of them have been overtly technical, others are more poetic (Norman Mailer’s A Fire on the Moon for example). The main problem with the more technical ones is that they tend a bit too much toward the technical leaving the average reader – a bit lost.
For that simple reason historian, engineer and author David Woods wrote: How Apollo Flew to the Moon. This book was written for those that want to without the prerequisite degree in aeronautics. For the author, this was his whole intent behind writing the book in the first place.
“I believe that the essential elements of any technology can be understood by any reasonably intelligent person, provided that the words can be found to explain it,” said Woods during an interview regarding the second edition of his book which was recently released. “This was the basis for this book. There’s no point in getting into the function of every electronic component or each equation used to describe a trajectory to the Moon, but I could see no reason why a person couldn’t come to understand the broad sweep of a mission and the many layers of technology and procedure that went into one.”
The first edition of the How Apollo Flew To The Moon can be found on online for about $30, whereas the newly updated second edition costs $44.95. Due to the high level of detail that is paid virtually all aspects of Apollo, this book is well worth the price and should be considered a must have for space aficionados. The book is scheduled to be released this summer.
“The book’s initial reception has been fantastic and I have been deeply humbled by folk’s kind words about it since it first came out,” Woods said. “The second edition is nearly ready and it expands on what was written in the first edition. At over 500 pages, it will be 25 percent larger with more color photographs throughout. There are additional stories of Apollo’s engineering triumphs both on the surface of the Moon as well as in flight, much of which reflects my continuing journey into the technical achievement that was Apollo.”Missions » Apollo »