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

The inside, lesser-known story of NASA's boldest and riskiest mission: Apollo 8, mankind's first journey to the Moon on Christmas in 1968. A riveting account of three heroic astronauts who took one of the most dangerous space flights ever, from the New York Times bestselling author of Shadow Divers. 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, you-are-there 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....

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ISBN : 9780812988703
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 384 pages
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Rocket Men: The Daring Odyssey of Apollo 8 and the Astronauts Who Made Man's First Journey to the Moon Reviews

  • Mike Maurer

    This is a story about Apollo 8 and its place in American history. Why it was daring, crazy and pulled off with great success. Even those in the middle of it thought it might be a bad idea. But it worked.

    The author distills down a huge amount of information into a narrative that flows. At times it had too much focus on the families on the ground, at least for me. While the tension and emotion of the families balances out the astronauts themselves, I wanted to get back to the flight itself. Also,
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  • Victoria

    This is an excellent read and I think most with an interest in anything space will really enjoy it. For me, perhaps it's because I've read SO much about the space program, I found it it to be somewhat pedestrian. I didn't find too much here that I didn't already know something about and didn't think this telling brought that much new to the story.

  • Donna

    I've had this book for awhile and I've been hesitant to crack it open because I thought it might be kind of dry. Thankfully, I didn't find that to be the case at all....not even for a single moment. This book covers the events that led up to Apollo 8 and its voyage in 1968. I also liked that this covered the people involved and that it included a little about their personal lives. I felt connected to them and their family struggles.

    Overall, the science info was cohesive and easy to follow along
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  • Dale Dewitt

    This is an amazing read! When thinking about the achievements of the Apollo program one first thinks naturally about the first landing on Apollo 11 but Apollo 8 proved that Apollo 11 COULD be done and that is almost an even greater achievement. Kurson brings us along on humankind's greatest adventure and we get to know not only the 3 brave men who first sat atop the largest rocket humans have ever built but those in charge of the planning to make sure they came home safe. As we approach the 50th ...more

  • Elizabeth

    First off I want to say which I love reading non fiction , this one was a struggle for me to get through, and I never hardly have that problem with non fiction, there was times I just wanted to put it down and not finish it at all but I kept reading to the very end. Unfortunately this book isn't for me at all , on the upscale it does show you want the astronauts went through as did their families, and how they struggle to get Apollo 8 to the moon , with that said I would like to think Netgalley ...more

  • Shawn

    Robert Kurson goes in depth to Apollo 8, but also to the surrounding time of 1968.

    It's a great companion piece to the Andrew Chaikin Apollo Book (Which needs to be placed on Kindle,by the way) as it is technical enough to not be overly basic on the side, but not so technical to overwhelm the casual reader on the flip side.

    I enjoyed Kurson's work and would recommend it to Apollo, Space and even 1960's history buffs.

  • Joyce

    Back in 1968 again--way too many anniversaries of events this year, all re-visited in popular titles. I know there was another excellent, popular title about Apollo 8, but I missed that, and I like Kurson--Shadow Divers is one of my all time favorites. While the focus is on the mission, Kurson draws from politics and popular culture in setting the stage. Politicians and scientists were concerned that the Russians would beat us to the moon, so concerned that they pretty much forced NASA to abando ...more

  • Dave

    Kurson's incredible book "Rocket Men" tells one of the greatest stories of adventure in the modern age, a story that captivated not just the nation, but the entire world. It's the story of the race to the moon. If you loved The Right Stuff and Apollo 13, you'll love this book. After the Soviets launched Sputnik, the space race had begun and, although John Kennedy set getting to the moon within ten years as a goal, it almost didn't happen. Growing up, we all knew the names of the three astronauts ...more