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Buyers beware This is a TECHNICAL manual, but it's still superb
on 2 November 2013
I ordered my copy in the belief that it was written for the layperson, so that we could try and comprehend what made man's most powerful lunar rocket, tick.
Unfortunately this is an exact reprint copy of the original NASA document and therefore full of rather technical phrases and diagrams, it was never intended as a laypersons guide to the Saturn V.
Chapter by chapter it discusses in emense detail how each stage of the rocket was constructed,and how everything actually worked, right down to the electronics that made the whole thing tick.
Nowhere in the entire text has it been simplified for us mere mortals, this is exactly as the crew of Apollo 8 would have read it, with their background in physics and aeronautics.
There will be no other reference material as concise or complete as this one, if you are able or willing to knuckle down and learn the intricacies of Von Brauns masterpiece, then it will be a great read, but if your concentration levels are limited, you will fail to get to the end of chapter one.
Without doubt the most complete document on the construction and operation of the Apollo Moon Rocket, but do not expect it to be an easy read. ITS NOT.