To start I'll be looking at Rip Foster Rides the Gray Planet by Harold L. Goodwin writing as Blake Savage. It's a science fiction novel from 1952 of the two-fisted tale of engineering sort with a rocket ship on the cover and not a hint of a woman character nor anything beyond the bare minimum of world building. The sort of book that some argue science fiction should return to.
Enter a solar system embroiled in a Cold War between the Federation and the Consolidation, but have no clue what that means! Marvel at a paragraph devoted to the operation of a switchblade knife! Chuckle along with the Planeteers as they intentionally irradiate their fellow crewmen for a prank!
If you'd like to read along, here's the link to get a copy.