Rocket Men

Rocket Men

The Daring Odyssey of Apollo 8 and the Astronauts Who Made Man's First Journey to the Moon

Book - 2018
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In early 1968, the Apollo program was on shaky footing. President Kennedy's end-of-decade deadline to put a man on the Moon was in jeopardy, and the Soviets were threatening to pull ahead in the space race. By August 1968, with its back against the wall, NASA decided to scrap its usual methodical approach and shoot for the heavens. With just four months to prepare, a fraction of the normal time, the agency would send the first men in history to the Moon. In a year of historic violence and discord, the Tet offensive, the assassinations of MLK and RFK, the Chicago DNC riots, the Apollo 8 mission was the boldest test of what America could do. With a focus on astronauts Frank Borman, Jim Lovell, and Bill Anders, and their wives and children, this is a vivid, gripping, narrative that shows anew the epic danger involved, and the singular bravery it took, for man to leave Earth for the first time, and to arrive at a new world.
Publisher: New York : Random House, [2018]
Edition: First edition, A Novel Idea Selection, 2018
ISBN: 9780812988703
Characteristics: x, 372 pages, 16 unnumbered leaves of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm


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DPLalyssab Jun 06, 2018

Remarkable non-fiction work telling the story of the 1968 race to the moon. A terrific audiobook listen!

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Sep 10, 2018

This is a great book about an exceptional year in American history.

Aug 25, 2018

Kurson tells the complete story well, and it is a story we don't know well enough. It is a story of the courage to accelerate the mission, the story of the technology, the (brief) story of the three astronauts, and the story of America in turmoil throughout the year 1968 until this historic lift-off.

Aug 07, 2018

great book

DPLalyssab Jun 06, 2018

Remarkable non-fiction work telling the story of the 1968 race to the moon. A terrific audiobook listen!

Apr 10, 2018

Excellent recap of the historic Apollo 8 mission. Found out some new info on all 3 astronauts.
The flight ended a very bad year ,1968, on a high & promising note.


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