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Space Race: Books

An introduction to the Space Race of the 1960s.

Finding Books

Interested in learning more about early space exploration? 

This list of book titles will help get you started on reading about this fascinating period of history.

Books in the Library

Ackmann, Martha.  The Mercury 13: The Untold Story of Thirteen American Women and the Dream of Space Flight.  New York: Random House, c2003.
Central Library
TL789.85 .A1 A28 2003

Allday, Jonathan.  Apollo in Perspective: Spaceflight Then and Now.  Philadelphia: Institute of Physics Publications, c2000.
Science & Engineering Library
TL790 .A43 2000

Atkinson, Joseph D., Jr. and Jay M. Shafritz.  Foreword by Alan B. Shepard and Guion S. Bluford, Jr.  The Real Stuff: A History of NASA's Astronaut Recruitment Program.  New York: Praeger, 1985.
Science & Engineering Library
TL855 .A85 1985

Burgess, Colin, Kate Doolan, and Bert Vis.  Fallen Astronauts: Heroes who Died Reaching for the Moon.  Forword by Eugene Cernan.  Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, c2003.
Science & Engineering Library and Internet
TL789.85 .A1 B85 2003

Carpenter, M. Scott.  For Spacious Skies: The Uncommon Journey of a Mercury Astronaut.  Orlando: Harcourt, c2002. 
Science & Engineering Library
TL789.85 .C37 A3 2002

Carpenter, M. Scott, Gordon L. Cooper, John H. Glenn, Virgil I. Grissom, Walter M. Schirra, Alan B. Shepard, and Donald K. Slayton.  We Seven, By the Astronauts Themselves.  New York: Simon and Schuster, 1962.
Science & Engineering Library
TL789.8 .U6 M59

Cassutt, Michael.  Who's Who in Space: The First 25 Years.  Boston, Massachusetts: G.K. Hall, c1987.
Science & Engineering Library
TL788.5 .C37 1987

Chaikin, Andrew.  A Man on the Moon: The Voyages of the Apollo Astronauts.  New York, New York: Viking, 1994.
Science & Engineering Library
TL789.8 .U6 A5244 1994

Collins, Michael.  Carrying the Fire: An Astronaut's Journeys.  Foreword by Charles A. Lindbergh.  New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, c1974.
Science & Engineering Library
TL789.85 .C64 A33 1974

Doran, Jamie and Piers Bizony.  Starman: The Truth Behind the Legend of Yuri Gagarin.  London: Bloomsbury, 1998.
Science & Engineering Library
TL789.85 .G3 D67 1998

French, Francis and Colin Burgess.  Into That Silent Sea: Trailblazers of the Space Era, 1961-1965.  Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, c2007.
Internet

Glenn, John and Nick Taylor.  John Glenn: A Memoir.  New York: Bantam Books, c1999.
Central Library
E840.8 .G54 A3 1999 

Hansen, James R.  First Man: The Life of Neil A. Armstrong.  New York: Simon & Schuster, 2005.
Central Library
TL789.85 .A75 H36 2005b

Harvey, Brian.  Race into Space: The Soviet Space Programme.  Chichester, West Sussex, England: E. Horwood; New York: Halsted Press, distributers, 1988.
Science & Engineering Library
TL789.8 .S65 H37 1988

Hooper, Gordon R.  The Soviet Cosmonaut Team: A Comprehensive Guide to the Men and Women of the Soviet Manned Space Programme.  Woodbridge, Suffolk, England: GRH Publications, 1986.
Science & Engineering Library
TL789.85 .A1 H66 1986

Humble, Ronald.  The Soviet Space Programme.  New York: Routledge, 1988.
Science & Engineering Library
TL789.8 .S65 H86 1988

In Their Own Words: Conversations with the Astronauts and Men Who Led America's Journey into Space and to the Moon.  Edited by Scott Sacknoff.  Bethesda, Maryland: Space Publications, 2003.
Science & Engineering Library
TL789.85 .A1 T44 2003

Kevles, Bettyann.  Almost Heaven: The Story of Women in Space.  New York: Basic Books, c2003.
Central Library
TL789.85 .A1 K48 2003

Thompson, Neal.  Light This Candle: The Life and Times of Alan Shepard, America's First Spaceman.  New York: Crown Publishers, c2004.
Science & Engineering Library
TL789.85 .S5 T49 2004

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