Rocket Men

Rocket Men

The Epic Story of the First Men on the Moon

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Penguin Putnam
A richly detailed and dramatic account of one of the greatest achievements of humankind

At 9:32 A.M. on July 16, 1969, the Apollo 11 rocket launched in the presence of more than a million spectators who had gathered to witness a truly historic event. It carried Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Mike Collins to the last frontier of human imagination: the moon.

Rocket Men is the thrilling story of the moon mission, and it restores the mystery and majesty to an event that may have become too familiar for most people to realize what a stunning achievement it represented in planning, technology, and execution.

Through interviews, twenty-three thousand pages of NASA oral histories, and declassified CIA documents on the space race, Craig Nelson re-creates a vivid and detailed account of the Apollo 11 mission. From the quotidian to the scientific to the magical, readers are taken right into the cockpit with Aldrin and Armstrong and behind the scenes at Mission Control.

Rocket Men is the story of a twentieth-century pilgrimage; a voyage into the unknown motivated by politics, faith, science, and wonder that changed the course of history.

Baker & Taylor
A publishing vice president, executive editor, author, and winner of the 2007 Henry Adams Prize recreates the story of the Apollo 11 moon mission through interviews, NASA oral histories, and declassified CIA documents.

Baker
& Taylor

Author Craig Nelson restores the mystery and majesty to an event that may have become too familiar for most people to realize what a stunning achievement it represented in planning, technology, and execution. Through interviews, 23,000 pages of NASA oral histories, and declassified CIA documents on the space race, Nelson creates a vivid and detailed account of the Apollo 11 mission. From the quotidian to the scientific to the magical, readers are taken right into the cockpit with Aldrin and Armstrong andbehind the scenes at Mission Control.--From publisher description.
Recreates the story of the Apollo 11 moon mission through interviews, NASA oral histories, and declassified CIA documents.

Publisher: New York : Viking, 2009
ISBN: 9780670021031
0670021032
Characteristics: xii, 404 p. : ill. ; 25 cm

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Vic4132
May 02, 2014

This book is shot through with technical errors. It's obvious that the author has no science background. The scope, though, is very large, and contains rich background that I have not come across in other books on the space program. Yet, considering the errors that I (and others) can spot, one has to wonder whether other aspects of the book are as egregiously filled with mistatements, incorrect quotes and faulty background. Too bad.

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