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A list of key readings about Apollo program.
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  • Richards W. Orloff (2001). Apollo By The Numbers: A Statistical Reference, 1st Edition. Government Reprints Press. ISBN 1-931641-00-5.  A revised edition (2004) is available online here
  • Gene Kranz (2000). Failure Is Not an Option: Mission Control From Mercury to Apollo 13 and Beyond, 1st Edition. Simon & Schuster. ISBN 0-7432-0079-9.  Factual, from the standpoint of a chief flight controller during the Mercury, Gemini and Apollo space programs.
  • Andrew Chaikin (1998). A Man on the Moon: The Voyages of the Apollo Astronauts. Penguin. ISBN 0-14-027201-1.  Chaikin interviewed all the surviving astronauts, plus many others who worked with the Apollo program.
  • Henry S. F. Cooper, Jr. (1995). Thirteen: The Flight That Failed, Paperback edition. John Hopkins Press. ISBN 0-8018-5097-5.  Although this book focuses on Apollo 13, it is extremely well-researched and provides a wealth of background information on Apollo technology and procedures.
  • Don E. Wilhelms (1993). To a Rocky Moon: A Geologist's History of Lunar Exploration. University of Arizona Press. ISBN 0-8165-1065-2.  Tells the history of Lunar exploration from a geologist's point of view.
  • Charles R. Pellegrino and Joshua Stoff (1999). Chariots for Apollo: The Untold Story Behind the Race to the Moon, Paperbook edition. Quill. ISBN 0-380-80261-9.  Tells Grumman Aerospace Corporation's story of building the Lunar Modules.
  • Jim Lovell and Jeffrey Kluger (1994). Lost Moon: The Perilous Voyage of Apollo 13, 1st Edition. Houghton Mifflin. ISBN 0-395-67029-2.  Details the Apollo 13 flight.
  • Michael Collins (2009). Carrying the Fire; an Astronaut's Jouneys, 40th Anniversary Edition. Farrar, Strauss and Giroux. ISBN 0-374-53194-3.  Astronaut Mike Collins' autobiography of his experiences as an astronaut, including his flight aboard Apollo 11, the first landing on the Moon.
  • Donald K. Slayton and Michael Cassutt (1995). Deke! An Autobiograpy. Forge Books. ISBN 0-312-85918-X.  An excellent account of Deke Slayton's life as an astronaut and of his work as chief of the astronaut office, including selection of the crews which flew Apollo to the Moon.