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  1. says:

    I don’t read very many nonfiction books and I haven’t listened to many audiobooks but I’m sure that this one will remain one of my favorites in both categories Before I listened to this book when I thought of space missions and the moon I thought of the moon landing and Apollo 11 the planting of the American flag Neil Armstrong’s com

  2. says:

    Space planets NASA are not usually subjects to which I gravitateSo why then did I not want this book to end finished it ready eyes and gave it all the stars? Well for one I'm firmly convinced this author cannot wr

  3. says:

    Absolutely loved this book A meticulous uplifting pardon the pun and beautifully written account of Apollo 8 and the Astronauts who made Man’s first Journey to the moon I knew when one of my friends here at Goodreads whose reviews I respect and love reviewed and rated this book 5 stars that it was one I wanted to get my

  4. says:

    Before Apollo Eleven landed on the Moon astronauts had to prove they could actually get there This was the record breaking

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    Although I’d known about NASA’s Apollo 8 circumlunar mission my knowledge was very very superficial Robert Kurson takes the reader inside the mission with words that describe the incredible power and complexities of the Saturn V rocket that astronauts Frank Borman Jim Lovell and Bill Anders rode to the moon on their incredibl

  6. says:

    I went into this book with hesitation—spacecraft and rockets are not my usual cup of tea Understanding so little about them I feared I would either be bored stiff or totally lost confused by technical terms that would go

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    Rocket Men is the masterfully depicted tale of the three courageous astronauts who pioneered humankinds’ first trip to the moon and the NASA engineers and other employees who made such a journey possible 1968 was a tumultuous year in the United States with the escalation of the Vietnam War the assassinations of Martin Luther King Jr and Robert F Kennedy Nixon’s election as President and massive protests and riots happening t

  8. says:

    How is it even possible to make a book about space that I don't love? Here are some ways Continuous unrepentant use of idioms and clichés If you're uoting someone or deliberately reflecting the patterns of speech of your subjects think Tom Wolfe in The Right Stuff that's one thing If you're reaching for the easiest phrase in the phrasebook that's lazy This was definitely not the former Indistinguishable voices Every lin

  9. says:

    This is an amazing story made even amazing by Ray Porter's excellent narration I can't help but feel that much like 1968

  10. says:

    Comprehensive story but I think I should have had a paper copy The audio didn’t keep my attention

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Inations of MLK and RFK the Chicago DNC riots the Apollo 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 worl. Rocket Men is the masterfully depicted tale of the three courageous astronauts who pioneered humankinds first trip to the moon and the NASA engineers and other employees who made such a journey possible 1968 was a tumultuous year in the United States with the escalation of the Vietnam War the assassinations of Martin Luther King Jr and Robert F Kennedy Nixon s election as President and massive protests and riots happening throughout the country Meanwhile the SovietUnited States space race was in high gear and it began to appear that the Soviets might send someone to orbit the moon before the US could Kurson expertly sets the stage for these astronauts incredible mission by alternating between the backstories of those individuals who played roles in helping Apollo 8 orbit the moon and elaborating on the cultural and political issues that were rocking the United States in 1968Kurson provides just enough technical details to interest the reader and effectively relay the story without bogging down the reader with information that most people would find unnecessary and potentially boring I was so intrigued by the process of rushing Apollo 8 into space that my poor husband was the beneficiary of an almost constant stream of facts and items that I found fascinating to the point that he finally told me he wasn t going to have to read the book himself since I had read most of it aloud to him While my favorite part of the book was the amazing story Kurson tells I also found some solace in the realization that the United States has previously survived a politically contentious time period similar to the one we are currently experiencing Rocket Men is a powerful and life affirming story that will resonate with anyone who reads it It was a joy to read from beginning to endListen to my podcast at for fun author interviews For book reviews check out my Instagram account

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The inside lesser known story of NASA's boldest and riskiest mission Apollo mankind's first journey to the Moon on Christmas in 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 the Apollo program was on shaky footing President Kennedy's end of decade deadline to put a man on the. Absolutely loved this book A meticulous uplifting pardon the pun and beautifully written account of Apollo 8 and the Astronauts who made Man s first Journey to the moon I knew when one of my friends here at Goodreads whose reviews I respect and love reviewed and rated this book 5 stars that it was one I wanted to get my hands on sooner rather than later and was so happy to have sourced this one on AudibleI read this along with my husband and we discussed and marvelled over the details every day and to be honest I am going to miss the suspense and drama and company of this wonderful book Robert Kurson tells the story of the Apollo 8 and its crew and their amazing and riveting first mission to the MoonThis book reminded me in ways of my reaction to the book Unbroken A World War II Story of Survival Resilience and Redemption and while both books are totally different I wondered going into this one did I really want to read a book about Rockets and space and the moon and yet the moment I started listening to this book I was hooked I enjoyed reading about the men and their families the challenges that they and their families and NASA faced with this mission What it meant to Science and the average Joe all over the world I wasn t very familiar with the Apollo 8 and the Astronauts but obviously knew they flew a very successful mission and yet the suspense created in this account had me totally gripped and at times so anxious for these guys although I already knew the outcome of the mission On finishing this book I was as proud of the Rocket men as every American must have been back on Christmas 1968This is my second book by this author I also enjoyed his book Pirate Hunters Treasure Obsession and the Search for a Legendary Pirate ShipReally enjoyed the sense of time and place and the reminders of events and people mentioned in the book Above all I loved reading and discussing this one with my husband who is a huge fan of all things space and science and he found this an entertaining and informative read too The audio read by Ray Porter and Robert Kurson and was extremely easy to listen to and the narration really added to my enjoyment of this book Towards a Comprehensive Theory of Human Learning riskiest mission Apollo mankind's first journey to the Moon on Christmas in A The Illusion of Gods Presence 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 the Apollo program was on shaky footing President Kennedy's end of decade deadline to put a man on the. Absolutely loved this book A meticulous uplifting pardon the pun and beautifully written account of Apollo 8 and the Astronauts who made Man s first Journey to the moon I knew when one of my friends here at Goodreads whose Folk Tales From The Soviet Union reviews I Not The Hot Chick respect and love Pegged and Plugged at the Club reviewed and Tunnel Through Time rated this book 5 stars that it was one I wanted to get my hands on sooner Game of Bimbofication, Part 3 rather than later and was so happy to have sourced this one on AudibleI Game of Bimbofication, Part 2 read this along with my husband and we discussed and marvelled over the details every day and to be honest I am going to miss the suspense and drama and company of this wonderful book Robert Kurson tells the story of the Apollo 8 and its crew and their amazing and Sermons Preached Upon Several Occasions, Vol. 1 of 5 riveting first mission to the MoonThis book The Fatima Century reminded me in ways of my Leah Starrs Revenge reaction to the book Unbroken A World War II Story of Survival Resilience and Redemption and while both books are totally different I wondered going into this one did I Pieces 8 (Pieces, really want to Time Flies and Other Short Plays read a book about Rockets and space and the moon and yet the moment I started listening to this book I was hooked I enjoyed Drawing Dead (Faolan OConnor Book 1) reminders of events and people mentioned in the book Above all I loved Trails & Tales of Yosemite & the Central Sierra reading and discussing this one with my husband who is a huge fan of all things space and science and he found this an entertaining and informative Chinas Son read too The audio Welcome to the Desert of the Real read by Ray Porter and Robert Kurson and was extremely easy to listen to and the narration Dead End Bluff really added to my enjoyment of this book

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Moon was in jeopardy and the Soviets were threatening to pull ahead in the space race By August 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 assass. Although I d known about NASA s Apollo 8 circumlunar mission my knowledge was very very superficial Robert Kurson takes the reader inside the mission with words that describe the incredible power and complexities of the Saturn V rocket that astronauts Frank Borman Jim Lovell and Bill Anders rode to the moon on their incredible voyage in December 1968 He describes the lives of the men as they were growing up how they came to be astronauts their relationships with their wives how they interacted during this spectacular mission and their lives afterward The narrative has a very generous scope but Kurson s laser focus reveals the mission s significance to the world of science and even importantly its role in the psyche of the troubled nation that was America in 1968 I was eleven years old at the time of the mission and my memory evokes only that family gathered around the TV and that I knew that something important was taking place Back then I certainly wouldn t have understood words like a vehicle that will generate the energy of a small atomic bomb or the six and a half million pound beast broke free from its bonds I still find the fact of something that weighed that much blasting off from a launchpad into outer space almost incomprehensible and the fact that a loved one would have been inside the beast unimaginable And yet the astronauts wives and children watched as their beloved husbands and fathers were sent on a journey that had been planned only months before It was an aggressive move by NASA to jump ahead of the Soviets in the space race who had been first to launch a manmade object that orbited the earth Sputnik the first to do a circumlunar unmanned orbit Luna 1 and the first to land a probe on the moon Luna 2 and the first to take pictures of the far side of the moon Luna 3 Apollo 8 was America s audacious answer to this competitive raceOne of the most heartrending chapters in Rocket Men is Chapter 13 A Deeply Troubled Year in which Kurson sets this event suarely in the history of the times which were indeed troubled With young people deciding don t trust anyone over 30 and the older generation complaining about the music of the young people and their lack of respect for authority and their government the Vietnam war raged Riots broke out on college campuses and after Martin Luther King Jr s assassination there was violence across the country Politics seemed polarized and when Robert Kennedy was assassinated many people were convinced that the country had gone crazy Kurson shows how Apollo 8 was the one bright spot showing man s true capabilities It was not a panacea but still it was a moment of intense national pride and satisfactionWhile reading I thought of the Apple TV series For All Mankind where an alternate version of history has the Soviets landing the first man on the moon in 1969 In the TV series the Soviet accomplishment actually offers an impetus to NASA s space exploration in which they eventually far exceed what has in reality happened It s an interesting viewpoint and a what if we can never know as our history took its own course shaped by the events of 1968 and years prior The most fascinating section of the book for me dealt with how the human perspective of our blue planet changed with the pictures that Bill Anders took of Earthrise These men traveled 240000 miles and found the moon a lonely and isolated world of blacks and grays while their habitable and troubled world beckoned out the window of their spacecraft beautiful and mysterious An environment that has cradled man since his origin and nurtured his biology and social adaptation a world that is too often taken for granted Against a backdrop of infinity there came an almost mystical vision of our total dependence on the good earth and our interconnectedness on this fragile blue planet our home Deception Island race By August 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 assass. 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  • Hardcover
  • 384
  • Rocket Men
  • Robert Kurson
  • English
  • 06 March 2018
  • 9780812988703

About the Author: Robert Kurson

Robert Kurson is an American author best known for his bestselling book Shadow Divers the true story of two Americans who discover a sunken World War II German U boat and for Crashing Through the story of an entrepreneur who regains his eyesight after a lifetime of blindnessKurson began his career as an attorney graduating from Harvard Law School and practicing real estate law His profe.