Top 10 Best Books to Read in Aerospace Engineering - August 2021

Here are our top ten recommendations if you are looking for the best books to read in Aerospace Engineering. We have made sure our list is diverse to cater to the interests of different types of readers.

1. The Bomber Mafia: A Dream, a Temptation, and the Longest Night of the Second World War


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Aerospace Engineering - August 2021

In The Bomber Mafia: A Dream, a Temptation, and the Longest Night of the Second World War , Malcolm Gladwell, author of New York Times best sellers including Talking to Strangers and host of the podcast Revisionist History , uses original interviews, archival footage, and his trademark insight to weave together the stories of a Dutch genius and his homemade computer, a band of brothers in central Alabama, a British psychopath, and pyromaniacal chemists at Harvard. As listeners hear these stories unfurl, Gladwell examines one of the greatest moral challenges in modern American history. Most military thinkers in the years leading up to World War II saw the airplane as an afterthought. But a small band of idealistic strategists had a different view. This “Bomber Mafia” asked: What if precision bombing could, just by taking out critical choke points - industrial or transportation hubs - cripple the enemy and make war far less lethal? In Revisionist History , Gladwell re-examines moments from the past and asks whether we got it right the first time. In The Bomber Mafia , he employs all the production techniques that make Revisionist History so engaging, stepping back from the bombing of Tokyo, the deadliest night of the war, and asking, “Was it worth it?” The attack was the brainchild of General Curtis LeMay, whose brutal pragmatism and scorched-earth tactics in Japan cost thousands of civilian lives but may have spared more by averting a planned US invasion. Things might have gone differently had LeMay’s predecessor, General Haywood Hansell, remained in charge. As a key member of the Bomber Mafia, Hansell’s theories of precision bombing had been foiled by bad weather and human error. When he and Curtis LeMay squared off for a leadership handover in the jungles of Guam, LeMay emerged victorious, leading to the darkest night of World War II. The Bomber Mafia is a riveting tale of persistence, innovation, and the incalculable wages of war.

  • Author: Malcolm Gladwell
  • Genre: Audible Books & Originals, History, Military, Armed Forces, Air Forces

                 

2. Baby University Board Book Set: A Science for Toddlers Board Book Set (Science Gifts for Kids) (Baby University Board Book Sets)


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Aerospace Engineering - August 2021

The perfect science baby gift for your future genius! The bestselling Baby University baby board book set includes educational books for toddlers written by an expert that features colorful, simple introductions to scientific principles for babies. Its approach to early learning is beloved by kids and grownups! Included in this Four-Book Set: Quantum Physics for Babies Rocket Science for Babies General Relativity for Babies Newtonian Physics for Babies This baby board book set is the perfect way to introduce basic scientific concepts and STEM to even the youngest scientist and makes a wonderful newborn baby gift! If you're looking for other STEM-minded boss baby toys, books, and gifts, check out the full Baby University series, including ABCs of Biology , Organic Chemistry for Babies , and 8 Little Planets .

  • Author: Chris Ferrie
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks Explore (November 28, 2017)
  • Genre: Children's Books, Science, Nature & How It Works
  • ISBN: 978-1492670438

                 

3. Failure Is Not an Option: Mission Control from Mercury to Apollo 13 and Beyond


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Aerospace Engineering - August 2021

Gene Kranz was present at the creation of America's manned space program and was a key player in it for three decades. As a flight director in NASA's Mission Control, Kranz witnessed firsthand the making of history. He participated in the space program from the early days of the Mercury program to the last Apollo mission, and beyond. He endured the disastrous first years when rockets blew up and the United States seemed to fall further behind the Soviet Union in the space race. He helped to launch Alan Shepard and John Glenn, then assumed the flight director's role in the Gemini program, which he guided to fruition. With his teammates, he accepted the challenge to carry out President John F. Kennedy's commitment to land a man on the moon before the end of the 1960s. Kranz was flight director for both Apollo 11, the mission in which Neil Armstrong fulfilled President Kennedy's pledge, and Apollo 13. He headed the Tiger Team that had to figure out how to bring the three Apollo 13 astronauts safely back to Earth. (In the film Apollo 13, Kranz was played by the actor Ed Harris, who earned an Academy Award nomination for his performance.) In Failure Is Not an Option , Gene Kranz recounts these thrilling historic events and offers new information about the famous flights. What appeared as nearly flawless missions to the moon were, in fact, a series of hair-raising near misses. When the space technology failed, as it sometimes did, the controllers' only recourse was to rely on their skills and those of their teammates. Kranz takes us inside Mission Control and introduces us to some of the whiz kids - still in their twenties, only a few years out of college - who had to figure it all out as they went along, creating a great and daring enterprise. He reveals behind-the-scenes details to demonstrate the leadership, discipline, trust, and teamwork that made the space program a success.

  • Author: Gene Kranz
  • Genre: Engineering & Transportation, Engineering, Reference, History

                 

4. Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Aerospace Engineering - August 2021

The #1 New York Times bestseller The phenomenal true story of the black female mathematicians at NASA whose calculations helped fuel some of America’s greatest achievements in space. Soon to be a major motion picture starring Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monae, Kirsten Dunst, and Kevin Costner. Before John Glenn orbited the earth, or Neil Armstrong walked on the moon, a group of dedicated female mathematicians known as “human computers” used pencils, slide rules and adding machines to calculate the numbers that would launch rockets, and astronauts, into space. Among these problem-solvers were a group of exceptionally talented African American women, some of the brightest minds of their generation. Originally relegated to teaching math in the South’s segregated public schools, they were called into service during the labor shortages of World War II, when America’s aeronautics industry was in dire need of anyone who had the right stuff. Suddenly, these overlooked math whizzes had a shot at jobs worthy of their skills, and they answered Uncle Sam’s call, moving to Hampton, Virginia and the fascinating, high-energy world of the Langley Memorial Aeronautical Laboratory. Even as Virginia’s Jim Crow laws required them to be segregated from their white counterparts, the women of Langley’s all-black “West Computing” group helped America achieve one of the things it desired most: a decisive victory over the Soviet Union in the Cold War, and complete domination of the heavens. Starting in World War II and moving through to the Cold War, the Civil Rights Movement and the Space Race, Hidden Figures follows the interwoven accounts of Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson, Katherine Johnson and Christine Darden, four African American women who participated in some of NASA’s greatest successes. It chronicles their careers over nearly three decades they faced challenges, forged alliances and used their intellect to change their own lives, and their country’s future.

  • Author: Margot Lee Shetterly
  • Publisher: William Morrow; Illustrated edition (September 6, 2016)
  • Genre: Politics & Social Sciences, Social Sciences

                 

5. Liftoff: Elon Musk and the Desperate Early Days That Launched SpaceX


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Aerospace Engineering - August 2021

"This is as important a book on space as has ever been written and it's a riveting page-turner, too." —Homer Hickam, #1 New York Times Bestselling Author of Rocket Boys The dramatic inside story of the historic flights that launched SpaceX—and Elon Musk—from a shaky startup into the world's leading-edge rocket company SpaceX has enjoyed a miraculous decade. Less than 20 years after its founding, it boasts the largest constellation of commercial satellites in orbit, has pioneered reusable rockets, and in 2020 became the first private company to launch human beings into orbit. Half a century after the space race it is private companies, led by SpaceX, standing alongside NASA pushing forward into the cosmos, and laying the foundation for our exploration of other worlds. But before it became one of the most powerful players in the aerospace industry, SpaceX was a fledgling startup, scrambling to develop a single workable rocket before the money ran dry. The engineering challenge was immense; numerous other private companies had failed similar attempts. And even if SpaceX succeeded, they would then have to compete for government contracts with titans such as Lockheed Martin and Boeing, who had tens of thousands of employees and tens of billions of dollars in annual revenue. SpaceX had fewer than 200 employees and the relative pittance of $100 million in the bank. In Liftoff , Eric Berger, senior space editor at Ars Technica , takes readers inside the wild early days that made SpaceX. Focusing on the company’s first four launches of the Falcon 1 rocket, he charts the bumpy journey from scrappy underdog to aerospace pioneer. We travel from company headquarters in El Segundo, to the isolated Texas ranchland where they performed engine tests, to Kwajalein, the tiny atoll in the Pacific where SpaceX launched the Falcon 1. Berger has reported on SpaceX for more than a decade, enjoying unparalleled journalistic access to the company’s inner workings. Liftoff is the culmination of these efforts, drawing upon exclusive interviews with dozens of former and current engineers, designers, mechanics, and executives, including Elon Musk. The enigmatic Musk, who founded the company with the dream of one day settling Mars, is the fuel that propels the book, with his daring vision for the future of space. Filled with never-before-told stories of SpaceX’s turbulent beginning, Liftoff is a saga of cosmic proportions.

  • Author: Eric Berger
  • Publisher: William Morrow; 1st edition (March 2, 2021)
  • Genre: Engineering & Transportation, Engineering
  • ISBN: 978-0062979971
  • Dimensions: 6 x 0.97 x 9 inches

                 



6. A Man on the Moon: The Voyages of the Apollo Astronauts


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Aerospace Engineering - August 2021

Audie Award, History/Biography, 2016 This acclaimed portrait of heroism and ingenuity captures a watershed moment in human history. The astronauts themselves have called it the definitive account of their missions. On the night of July 20, 1969, our world changed forever when Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin walked on the moon. Based on in-depth interviews with 23 of the 24 moon voyagers, as well as those who struggled to get the program moving, A Man on the Moon conveys every aspect of the Apollo missions with breathtaking immediacy and stunning detail.

  • Author: Andrew Chaikin
  • Genre: Engineering & Transportation, Engineering, Reference, History

                 

7. FAR/AIM 2021: Up-to-Date FAA Regulations / Aeronautical Information Manual (FAR/AIM Federal Aviation Regulations)


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Aerospace Engineering - August 2021

All the Information you Need to Operate Safely in US Airspace, Fully Updated If you’re an aviator or aviation enthusiast, you cannot be caught with an out-of-date edition of the FAR/AIM . In today’s environment, there is no excuse for ignorance of the rules of the US airspace system. In the newest edition of the FAR/AIM , all regulations, procedures, and illustrations are brought up to date to reflect current FAA data. This handy reference book is an indispensable resource for members of the aviation community, as well as for aspiring pilots looking to get a solid background in the rules, requirements, and procedures of flight training. Not only does this manual present all the current FAA regulations, it also includes: A study guide for specific pilot training certifications and ratings A pilot/controller glossary Standard instrument procedures Parachute operations Airworthiness standards for products and parts The NASA Aviation Safety reporting form Important FAA contact information This is the most complete guide to the rules of aviation available anywhere. Don’t take off without the FAR/AIM !

  • Author: Federal Aviation Administration
  • Publisher: Skyhorse; Illustrated edition (March 23, 2021)
  • Genre: Teen & Young Adult, Education & Reference
  • ISBN: 978-1510760424
  • Dimensions: 6 x 2.7 x 9 inches

                 

8. Airplane Flying Handbook (Federal Aviation Administration): FAA-H-8083-3B


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Aerospace Engineering - August 2021

The Federal Aviation Administration’s Airplane Flying Handbook provides pilots, student pilots, aviation instructors, and aviation specialists with information on every topic needed to qualify for and excel in the field of aviation. Topics covered include: Ground operations Cockpit management Flight standards Preflight assessment of the aircraft Rick and resource management The four fundamentals of flying Before-takeoff check Integrated flight control Slow flights Stall recognition and characterization Spins Takeoff Airport traffic pattens Approaches and landings Ground reference maneuvers Night operations And much more Updated to include the most current information, the Airplane Flying Handbook is a great study guide for current pilots and for potential pilots who are interested in applying for their first license. It is also the perfect gift for any aircraft or aeronautical buff.

  • Author: Federal Aviation Administration
  • Publisher: Skyhorse; Illustrated edition (July 25, 2017)
  • Genre: Teen & Young Adult, Education & Reference
  • ISBN: 978-1510712836
  • Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.8 x 11 inches

                 

9. The Standard Pilot Log (Black): ASA-SP-30 (Standard Pilot Logbooks)


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Aerospace Engineering - August 2021

The finest and most verstile logbooks for aviators, The Standard™ logbooks have been supporting the aviation industry for over 60 years and comply with the FAA's recordkeeping requirements. With so many options, there is a logbook that's right for you. Versatile, easy-to-use and flexible enough to fit any pilot's needs, student or ATP.

  • Author: ASA Staff
  • Publisher: Aviation Supplies & Academics, Inc.; 2012th edition (September 1, 2012)
  • Genre: Engineering & Transportation, Transportation
  • ISBN: 978-1560273288
  • Dimensions: 4.5 x 0.5 x 7.8 inches

                 

10. Skunk Works: A Personal Memoir of My Years of Lockheed


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Aerospace Engineering - August 2021

From the development of the U-2 to the Stealth fighter, the never-before-told story behind America's high-stakes quest to dominate the skies. Skunk Works is the true story of America's most secret and successful aerospace operation. As recounted by Ben Rich, the operation's brilliant boss for nearly two decades, the chronicle of Lockheed's legendary Skunk Works is a drama of Cold War confrontations and Gulf War air combat, of extraordinary feats of engineering and human achievement against fantastic odds. Here are up-close portraits of the maverick band of scientists and engineers who made the Skunk Works so renowned. Filled with telling personal anecdotes and high adventure, with narratives from the CIA and from air force pilots who flew the many classified, risky missions, this book is a riveting portrait of the most spectacular aviation triumphs of the 20th century.

  • Author: Ben R. Rich
  • Genre: History, Military, United States, Operation Desert Storm