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Rocket Men: The Epic Story of the First Men on the Moon | [Craig Nelson]

Rocket Men: The Epic Story of the First Men on the Moon

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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, 23,000 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 20th-century pilgrimage, a voyage into the unknown motivated by politics, faith, science, and wonder that changed the course of history.

©2009 Craig Nelson; (P)2009 Penguin

What the Critics Say

"Using interviews, NASA oral histories, and declassified CIA material, Nelson has produced a magnificent, very readable account of the steps that led to the success of Apollo 11." (Booklist)

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    Thomas Junction City, OR, United States 09-07-10
    Thomas Junction City, OR, United States 09-07-10
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    "Terrific!"

    Terrific book and narration. I enjoyed this audio book immensely. I wish there were more audio books in this vein. (Aerospace).

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    Scott EASTON, MD, United States 04-05-10
    Scott EASTON, MD, United States 04-05-10 Member Since 2003
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    "Very Enjoyable Book"

    I have read other Apollo/NASA books but this one stands on its own. Really enjoyed the discussion of the "space race" and the engineering feats it took to take the US to the Moon first. I highly recommend it for anyone interested in what it took to get to the Moon.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    L Centennial, CO, United States 10-03-11
    L Centennial, CO, United States 10-03-11 Member Since 2002

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    "Unforgettable Characters"

    You know the story, but the people behind it are the crux of this book. It might be overly technical, but I found it particularly enjoyable since I missed the event on television due to a pesky little war going on at the time.

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    Ross Randolph, NJ, USA 09-30-09
    Ross Randolph, NJ, USA 09-30-09 Member Since 2001
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    "Great for Space Nuts"

    If you're a space nut this is the book for you. However, even for a space nut like me I only gave it 4 stars. The main reason is the many annoying inaccuracies - like constantly calling the moon a planet! Even with these problems the book does provide a lot of detail about the race to the moon. Probably too much detail for somebody with just a passing interest.

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    C Chestnuthill, MA, United States 11-19-09
    C Chestnuthill, MA, United States 11-19-09 Member Since 2004
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    "Houston we have a problem"

    The bright point is the narration. The book itself is a real snoozer; a collection of quotes and numbers that somehow manage to turn an exciting adventure into a dull mush. I stopped listening about an hour before the end.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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