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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Rocket Men: The Daring Odyssey of Apollo 8 and the Astronauts Who Made Man's First Journey to the Moon Reviews
I received a free Kindle copy of Rocket Men by Robert Kurson courtesy of Net Galley and Random House, the publisher. It was with the understanding that I would post a review on Net Galley, Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes and Noble and my fiction book review blog. I also posted it to my Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Google Plus pages.
I requested this book as I have read a number of books on the space program. This is the second book devoted to Apollo 8 that I have read. It is the first book by Rober ...more
Rocket Men is a record of America's space program's efforts to beat the Soviets in getting to the moon. It mentions Apollo 1 disaster that took three lives and caused the acceleration of American efforts. Apollo 8's entire workup and mission is laid out. This is a decent work about space exploration and NASA. My copy was a free review copy through Goodreads.com.
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
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
In August 1868, NASA, intent on getting ahead of Russia in the space race and hoping to overcome demoralizing rocket failures, made the dramatic decision to push to send men to orbit the moon in December--giving them way less preparation time than usual. Engineers, astronauts, and everyone at NASA worked together to get astronauts Frank Borman, Jim Lovell, and Bill Anders prepared for whatever would come on their unprecedented mission.
This narrative nonfiction is superb. Robert Kurson does a gr ...more
Rocket Men: The Daring Odyssey of Apollo 8 is a very compelling narrative history of the first and very risky journey of man leaving earth to orbit the moon. Kurson, like in his previous work, Shadow Divers, delves deeply into the context of a singular event, and makes the unique fit into the larger history.
With Rocket Men, the primary focus is on astronauts Frank Borman, Jim Lovell, and Bill Anders. While appropriate attention is devoted to their three families back in Houston, events in Missio ...more
This book was like no other non-fiction I have ever read. It read like any fiction book, with tons of plots and twists and always full of anticipation. I read this in 2 days while on vacation. I look forward to reading many more books from this author, starting with "Shadow Divers".
If you have any interest at all in what it took to put a man on the moon and the significance of the Kennedy era space race I cannot recommend a better book. This was a fantastic read.
Home is where the heart is and for 3 astronauts the moon was more than just a mission.
Apollo 8 was a chance to put the USA in the forefront of an epic space race but at what cost, risking what safety, overriding what boundaries, challenging what beliefs?
What I loved about Rocket Men : The writing was strong, it was precise, it utilized quoted works but sadly it left some very historical people out.
Let me introduce to some heroes who helped get this entire NASA Space Race off the ground from behi ...more