Amy Shira Teitel
Breaking the Chains of Gravity
Bloomsbury Sigma, 2015.
NASA wasn't created in a vacuum. It didn't pop into existence magically knowing how to put a man on the Moon when it was incepted in 1958. NASA has deep roots going back to pre-WWII Germany. Following key players, my book traces the development of rocketry, rocket planes, high-altitude flight, astronaut training, and bureaucracy in the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s to show readers how all the pieces of NASA existed before the agency was born. The agency primed to land a man on the Moon was assembled of very adept preexisting parts.
This isn't a deeply scientific text, it's a narrative intended to bring this little-known story to a popular audience. I promise you don't need to be a scientist to read it!
I'm selling signed copies (hardcover only) anywhere in the world; you can place your order on the "Store" page. It's also available on Amazon and also in bookstores!
University of Nebraska Press, 2016.
Donn Eisele was the Command Module Pilot on Apollo 7, but even his crew joked that he was really just known as "Whats-His-Name." Eisele is similarly unknown to all but the die-hard Apollo fans, which is a shame. He was on the crew that flew after the devastating Apollo 1 fire that killed three astronauts, was the first to damage the astronauts reputation by getting a divorce, and never flew again after his commander, Wally Schirra, became cantankerous on the flight.
Francis French, my good friend and brilliant author, found and edited Eisele's unpublished memoirs. I provided an historical context section to the memoir. My original contribution was significantly longer that what ended up in the book (lots of editorial decisions I wasn't party to!) so I'm still saying I worked on this even though my contribution is quite small in the end.