Rocket Men

Rocket Men

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

eBook - 2018
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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER * T he riveting inside story of three heroic astronauts who took on the challenge of mankind's historic first mission to the Moon, from the bestselling author of Shadow Divers .

"Robert Kurson tells the tale of Apollo 8 with novelistic detail and immediacy."--Andy Weir, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Martian and Artemis

By August 1968, the American space program was in danger of failing in its two most important objectives: to land a man on the Moon by President Kennedy's end-of-decade deadline, and to triumph over the Soviets in space. With its back against the wall, NASA made an almost unimaginable leap: It would scrap its usual methodical approach and risk everything on a sudden launch, sending the first men in history to the Moon--in just four months. And it would all happen at Christmas.

In a year of historic violence and discord--the Tet Offensive, the assassinations of Martin Luther King, Jr., and Robert Kennedy, the riots at the Democratic National Convention in Chicago--the Apollo 8 mission would be the boldest, riskiest test of America's greatness under pressure. In this gripping insider account, Robert Kurson puts the focus on the three astronauts and their families: the commander, Frank Borman, a conflicted man on his final mission; idealistic Jim Lovell, who'd dreamed since boyhood of riding a rocket to the Moon; and Bill Anders, a young nuclear engineer and hotshot fighter pilot making his first space flight.

Drawn from hundreds of hours of one-on-one interviews with the astronauts, their loved ones, NASA personnel, and myriad experts, and filled with vivid and unforgettable detail, Rocket Men is the definitive account of one of America's finest hours. In this real-life thriller, Kurson reveals the epic dangers involved, and the singular bravery it took, for mankind to leave Earth for the first time--and arrive at a new world.

Praise for Rocket Men

"In 1968 we sent men to the Moon. They didn't leave boot prints, but it was the first time humans ever left Earth for another destination. That mission was Apollo 8. And Rocket Men, under Robert Kurson's compelling narrative, is that under-told story." --Neil deGrasse Tyson

" Rocket Men is a riveting introduction to the [Apollo 8] flight. . . . Kurson details the mission in crisp, suspenseful scenes. . . . [A] gripping book." -- The New York Times Book Review
Publisher: New York : Random House, [2018]
ISBN: 9780812988727
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc. - Distributor

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lizyonge
Sep 10, 2018

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

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tjdickey
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.

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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memoral
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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