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Title: New David Stumpf Minuteman Book
Post by: edkyle99 on 03/18/2021 11:26 pm
David Stumpf, who wrote the definitive Titan 2 ICBM history a few years ago, has a brand new book out this month titled "Minuteman: A Technical History of the Missile That Defined American Nuclear Warfare".  I'm going to order this one and read it after I'm done with Eric Berger's "Liftoff".   Great to see aerospace history back on the "bookshelf" after what seemed like a dry spell.

https://play.google.com/store/books/details?id=PLIPEAAAQBAJ&gl=us&hl=en-US&source=productsearch&utm_source=HA_Desktop_US&utm_medium=SEM&utm_campaign=PLA&pcampaignid=MKT-FDR-na-us-1000189-Med-pla-bk-Evergreen-Jul1520-PLA-eBooks_History&gclid=EAIaIQobChMIwdySuou77wIVydXACh1jfwQyEAQYASABEgLF7vD_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds

 - Ed Kyle
Title: Re: New David Stumpf Minuteman Book
Post by: RanulfC on 05/07/2021 08:26 pm
David Stumpf, who wrote the definitive Titan 2 ICBM history a few years ago, has a brand new book out this month titled "Minuteman: A Technical History of the Missile That Defined American Nuclear Warfare".  I'm going to order this one and read it after I'm done with Eric Berger's "Liftoff".   Great to see aerospace history back on the "bookshelf" after what seemed like a dry spell.

https://play.google.com/store/books/details?id=PLIPEAAAQBAJ&gl=us&hl=en-US&source=productsearch&utm_source=HA_Desktop_US&utm_medium=SEM&utm_campaign=PLA&pcampaignid=MKT-FDR-na-us-1000189-Med-pla-bk-Evergreen-Jul1520-PLA-eBooks_History&gclid=EAIaIQobChMIwdySuou77wIVydXACh1jfwQyEAQYASABEgLF7vD_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds

 - Ed Kyle

Let us know how it is :)
A little 'funny' (but actually not really, but we still smile about it) from one of our engineers on the MMIII:

"We are currently 50 years into a planned 10 year deployment... And some of out stuff still works"

Randy
Title: Re: New David Stumpf Minuteman Book
Post by: Blackstar on 05/07/2021 10:47 pm
I wrote a cover blurb for the book. He previously wrote a Titan II book and I communicated with him about that (I think I helped him out a bit with some aspects, but I really cannot remember). As a result, his publisher sent me this manuscript last year and asked if I was willing to provide a blurb. I printed out all 600 pages of the manuscript at work and somehow accidentally printed a second copy (shhh... don't tell my employer that I used all that paper!).

It's very comprehensive. Goes into all kinds of stuff.
Title: Re: New David Stumpf Minuteman Book
Post by: edkyle99 on 07/11/2022 12:56 am
I've been reading this book.   As I expected, it is another significant work.  David Stumpf wanted to do a book about the huge ABRES program, which I would love to see, but he found that too much was still classified for that effort, so he started the Minuteman book instead.  The book primarily focuses on the development of the Minuteman 1 and 2 variants, again largely because much about the still-deployed Minuteman 3 missile remains secret. 

Like the Titan 2 book, this is a detailed technical history, leaning toward the utterly comprehensive, though not completely there because the program has lasted for so many years, evolving during that time and continuing today.  David writes that he had to edit his text down at one point from more than 220,000 words!  The list of reviewers and contributors is impressive.  The author interviewed extensively and reviewed not just paper, but hardware like RVs and guidance computer equipment that most don't get to see.  The list of notes and references runs 75 or so pages. 

The Minuteman ICBM was possible thanks to big advances in solid propellants, lightweight inertial guidance systems, and lightweight reentry vehicles from the likes of GALCIT at Caltech, JPL, Thiokol, ARC, Aerojet, Autonetics, Avco, and others.

Mr. Stumpf completed the book despite Parkinson's disease limiting his ability to type in 2017.  Thank you David!

 - Ed Kyle