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This program includes a bonus conversation with Commander Frank Borman plus archival audio from Apollo 8's lunar orbit and from the cockpit during the mission.

The untold story of the historic voyage to the moon that closed out one of our blackest, bloodiest years with a nearly unimaginable triumph

In August 1968 NASA made a bold decision: In just 16 weeks, the United States would launch humankind's first flight to the moon. Only the year before, three astronauts had burned to death in their spacecraft, and since then the Apollo program had suffered one setback after another. Meanwhile, the Russians were winning the space race, the Cold War was getting hotter by the month, and President Kennedy's promise to put a man on the moon by the end of the decade seemed sure to be broken. But when Frank Borman, Jim Lovell, and Bill Anders were summoned to a secret meeting and told of the dangerous mission, they instantly signed on.

Written with all the color and verve of the best narrative nonfiction, Apollo 8 takes us from Mission Control to the astronauts' homes, from the test labs to the launchpad. The race to prepare an untested rocket for an unprecedented journey paves the way for the hair-raising trip to the moon. Then, on Christmas Day, a nation that has suffered a horrendous year of assassinations and war is heartened by an inspiring message from the trio of astronauts in lunar orbit. And when the mission is over - after the first view of the far side of the moon, the first Earth-rise, and the first reentry through the Earth's atmosphere following a flight to deep space - the impossible dream of walking on the moon suddenly seems within reach.

The full story of Apollo 8 has never been told, and only Jeffrey Kluger - Jim Lovell's coauthor on their best-selling book about Apollo 13 - can do it justice. Here is the tale of a mission that was both a calculated risk and a wild crapshoot, a stirring account of how three American heroes forever changed our view of the home planet.

©2017 Jeffrey Kluger (P)2017 Macmillan Audio

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Inspirational

For an engineering student who was a little shaky on NASA history, this book was absolutely incredible historically, informationally, and as a source of patriotic inspiration. Eagerly recommend to anyone

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  • JURANDYR
  • Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • 11-24-17

The Very First Manned Trip to the Moon

The only thing I disliked is that it ended.
A must for the space buffs.

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First to the Moon

An inspirational and exciting account of the first manned mission around the moon by Americans.

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Great history of NASA and Apollo 8: a must listen

This is one of the best books I have listened to on Audible! It is a detailed, yet fast moving history of the space program and the 1960's. The author introduces and develops the key players in the space program, like Frank Borman and Gus Grissom. You quickly 'get to know them' and see the unfolding drama of the ups and downs of the program through their eyes. Even though you know the outcome, it is still a very suspenseful book and it provides great detail, without being dense.
The reader's performance is excellent and an interview with Frank Borman and select transmissions between Houston and Apollo 8 are included as a bonus.
Highly recommend this book!

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A riveting real life story

Apollo 8 was one of my favorite listens. A tremendous real-life story of the first manned Apollo mission to the moon. Well written and researched with excellent narration. It was a great story about an exciting part of our nation's history that I had lived through. I was almost 14 years old in December of 1968 but don't remember much about that mission. I think Apollo 8 kind of got lost after we landed on the moon a little over six months later, but it was a history-making event, and this book is a must listen for anyone wanting to know more about that period in history. As it said in the book, 1968 as perhaps the most violent year in America's recent history, but Apollo 8 saved 1968. This book was so good I will want to revisit it.

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I love this book!

This is definitely one of my favorites. I love the mission recordings and the interview with Borman at the end. The narration was awesome and the writing was great.

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Great summary of a great time in human history.

Gives a clear history of the triumph and guts of the US space program. Illustrates the power and drive of NASA and the astronauts that live this success.

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  • Brad
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  • 08-23-17

A Focus On Apollo 8 and The Risks They Took.

I am a fan boy of the Apollo missions so this is added to my collection of 60's aviation books. I really like the detail that was not included in other books. The book had great insight into the families and their thoughts as well and a more detailed look at the engineers. The Astronauts are the heroes, but it was nice to hear about the heroes behind the heroes. Well written and researched. If you are wondering if you have heard it all about Apollo, I doubt it this will fill in some gaps about this missions and the huge risks taken.

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Emotionally Compelling

I loved this book almost as much as I love NASA and the history of the American space program. I will listen to and read this book again and again.

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Simply Fantastic

Great audiobook that keeps you listening. I did this on a down and back road trip and it did not disappoint.

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