"This is the best book on Apollo that I have read. Extensively researched and meticulously accurate, it successfully traces not only the technical highlights of the program but also the contributions of the extraordinary people who made it possible." (Mike Collins, Command module pilot, Apollo 11)
For the 50th anniversary, the epic story of Apollo 11 and the astronauts, flight controllers, and engineers who made it happen, by the author of the best-selling A Terrible Glory and The Blood of Heroes
On July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first humans to walk on the Moon, a moment forever ingrained in history. Perhaps the world's greatest technological achievement - and a triumph of American spirit and ingenuity - the Apollo 11 mission, and the entire Apollo program, was a mammoth undertaking involving more than 410,000 men and women dedicated to putting a man on the Moon and winning the Space Race against the Soviets.
Seen through the eyes of the those who lived it, Shoot for the Moon reveals the dangers, the challenges, and the sheer determination that defined not only Apollo 11, but also the Mercury and Gemini missions that made it possible. Both sweeping and intimate, and based on exhaustive research and dozens of fresh interviews, best-selling author James Donovan's Shoot for the Moon is the definitive and thrilling account of one of humankind's most extraordinary feats of exploration.
"Donovan combines his masterful research skills and narrative gifts in recounting the full story of the most famous Apollo trip...Donovan's history is a powerfully written and irresistible celebration of the Apollo missions." (Booklist, starred review)
"It was one of humankind's greatest achievements, and here, perhaps for the first time, is the whole story, fastidiously reported and elegantly told. With Shoot for the Moon, James Donovan captures it all - the science, the engineering, the clashing egos, the Cold War politics. But what's even more impressive, he does it without depriving us of the essential magic that was Apollo, this Promethean program that dared to aim as high and as far as man could go." (Hampton Sides, author, Ghost Soldiers, In the Kingdom of Ice, and On Desperate Ground)
"With a brilliant eye for detail and an elegant sense of historical narrative, Donovan's Shoot for the Moon is sure to be a space race classic." (Annie Jacobsen, best-selling author & Pulitzer Prize finalist)
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Äußerst kurzweiliger Abriss der Geschichte der bemannten Raumfahrt bis zur ersten Mondlandung. Sehr gut gelesen.
too late, too long
I should have read/heard this book first, but I read/heard the shorter one with the same title by "Richard Wiseman". And there are many parallels;-) the same title of a book about the same story. The books differ in length and intention. In my opinion shorter is better. The way of presentation may be in dispute.