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NASA has official "histories" of many of their past programs. These are more about people and decisions, not technical details.

Is there a similar treatment of the Shuttle program?

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For the very early part of the shuttle program, leading up to the awarding of contracts, there's The Space Shuttle Decision (SP-4221).

The same author wrote a Volume II, Development of the Space Shuttle 1972-1981, sponsored by the NASA History Office but published by the Smithsonian Institution; unlike Volume I, it does not appear to be available on the NASA website.

Searching NASA History's full book list for shuttle yields only a handful of titles:

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  • $\begingroup$ There's Wings in Orbit but I don't recommend it, it was a huge disappointment. nasa.gov/centers/johnson/wingsinorbit $\endgroup$ Jun 23, 2021 at 2:44
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    $\begingroup$ Oh, and Volume 2 of Decision covers development. Both volumes are excellent. $\endgroup$ Jun 23, 2021 at 2:47

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