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Robert Pearlman
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posted 05-10-2011 08:22 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Open Road Integrated Media release
Moon Shot: The Inside Story of America's Apollo Moon Landings

by Alan Shepard and Deke Slayton
with Jay Barbree
introduction by Neil Armstrong

"Houston, Tranquility Base here. The Eagle has landed."

More than a billion people heard this terse message from the surface of the Moon July 20th, 1969. It was a singular moment for humankind, and the world was united in awe at the enormity of the accomplishment. Nowhere was the jubilation greater than in Mission Control near Houston where Alan Shepard and Deke Slayton watched history unfold and led the cheering as it did.

To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the first American in space, Moon Shot: The Inside Story of America's Apollo Moon Landings (e-riginal; Open Road Integrated Media; May 2, 2011) will be republished as an enhanced ebook, including embedded video and new, untold stories about America's adventures during the Apollo flights. Co-authors Alan Shepard and Chief Astronaut Deke Slayton were at the very heart of America's efforts to tame space. There was quite simply, no one more qualified to write this compelling account of victories won and defeats endured by a small, but remarkable, group of humans. And there is no one more qualified to update this seminal work than Jay Barbree, the only journalist to cover every American space flight. In the new edition, Barbree includes never before known or told stories of Apollo missions and offers his thoughts of the state of the American space program today.

When Shepard and the other Apollo astronauts walked on the moon, an entire generation was not alive, and millions more were just children whose hazy memories likely involve watching snowy television pictures in black and white. Since these heroic accomplishments are far too important to be forgotten, the families of Shepard and Slayton, Barbree, along with Open Road Integrated Media decided a re-release was in order.

The joint effort is a heroic one. It is an effort to keep history alive, to remind the world of the incredible accomplishments that America made in its space program.

Authors Alan Shepard and Deke Slayton were members of the Mercury Seven, America's original astronauts. Shepard was the first American in space who would later with his partner Edgar Mitchell take the longest walk - two miles - on the moon. Slayton with astronauts Tom Stafford and Vance Brand would fly the historic first space docking with the Russians, a step that took a long stride to end the Cold War.

Shepard and Slayton wrote Moon Shot, and as the 25th anniversary of the first moon landing approached, they released their book detailing space flight's successes: the first missions, the first spacewalk, the first orbital rendezvous and docking, and how twelve walked the lunar surface. Within the same pages were also the failures: the masterful saving by astronauts Neil Armstrong and David Scott of an out-of-control Gemini 8, the Apollo One launch pad fire that killed Gus Grissom, Ed White, and Roger Chafee, the split-second decision to land Apollo 11 on the moon despite overloaded computers and low fuel, and the Herculean "failure is no option" effort to save the crippled Apollo 13.

Soon Moon Shot was being called "the bible of the space age." It became a four-hour television hit and made the New York Times and other major bestseller lists while being published in eight countries.

The new Moon Shot takes you to the moon - in a digital version, in video and with never before released content about the space program. If this is your first read, you'll be riveted. If you experienced the original book, the new version will be, in the words of all great space explorers, "the damnedest trip you'll ever take."

Jay Barbree is a New York Times bestselling author, a finalist to be the first journalist in space, and the only reporter to cover all astronaut flights before the 2011 hiatus. His space team received an Emmy Award for its work broadcasting America's first moon landings. Barbree is the recipient of NASA's highest medal for public service, and he broke the cause of the Challenger disaster on Tom Brokaw's Nightly News. He lives in Florida.

KSCartist
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posted 05-11-2011 07:31 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for KSCartist   Click Here to Email KSCartist     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Since I have a Nook color and not a Kindle, can I still access this ebook?

Robert Pearlman
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posted 05-11-2011 07:43 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Yes, it is also available for the Nook (as well as for Apple iBooks and the Sony Reader).

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posted 12-10-2017 08:17 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for moorouge   Click Here to Email moorouge     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I've recently acquired a first edition (1994) of this book. However, the style of writing makes me wonder just how much was actually penned by Shepard and Slayton and how much was the work of Jay Barbree and Howard Benedict based on information supplied by the astronauts.

Nevertheless, I enjoyed the read until I got to the account of Carpenter's flight in Aurora 7. This appears to fly in the face of the known facts about this mission and, to my mind, seemed intent on maintaining the "party line" that Carpenter alone was responsible for the difficulties that arose.

Robert Pearlman
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posted 12-10-2017 08:44 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Alan Shepard and Deke Slayton lent their names to the book, but their input was limited. Jay Barbree and Howard Benedict were the authors.

Benedict shared an office with Shepard at the time (at the Mercury 7 Foundation, now the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation), hence his involvement. Slayton was working with Michael Cassutt to write his own book ("Deke!") and his death in 1993 reportedly preceded his making any substantial contributions to "Moon Shot."

David C
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posted 12-10-2017 09:52 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for David C     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by moorouge:
Nevertheless, I enjoyed the read until I got to the account of Carpenter's flight in Aurora 7.
I just think the whole book is dreadful.

ea757grrl
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posted 12-10-2017 09:15 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ea757grrl   Click Here to Email ea757grrl     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The book is nothing to write home about at all, but the four-hour television documentary that was tied in with the book is highly enjoyable, and downright poignant in places. I keep hoping we'll see *that* reissued someday.

Henry Heatherbank
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posted 12-11-2017 04:33 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Henry Heatherbank     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by David C:
I just think the whole book is dreadful.
I agree. Barbree's "Live From Cape Canaveral" is even worse, in my view. I'm just not a fan of his writings.

Blackarrow
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posted 12-11-2017 07:19 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Blackarrow     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by ea757grrl:
I keep hoping we'll see *that* reissued someday.
The whole series is available on Youtube (almost half-a-million views) but I recorded the series on VHS when it was shown in the 1990s and I have since transferred it to Blu-ray. Of course, even "upscaled" it's still sourced from a VHS recording off 625-line SD television. I agree that it would be great if the series could be released on DVD or even Blu-ray (if the original material was of high enough quality).

Same goes for the pre-Challenger series "Spaceflight."

Headshot
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posted 12-11-2017 07:50 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Headshot   Click Here to Email Headshot     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'd love to see "Spaceflight" in Blu-ray, or even just DVD. Also, there was something called "The American Experience," which featured an episode title "The Rocket Pilots." It dealt with the X-15 and had some interesting interviews with Yeager and Crossfield, it segued nicely (but briefly) into the space shuttle. Sadly, I have both only in Beta, but now no functioning Betamax player.

Blackarrow
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posted 12-14-2017 11:32 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Blackarrow     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Yes, I remember watching "The Rocket Pilots" many years ago. They don't (often) make documentaries like that any more!

Fra Mauro
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posted 12-14-2017 12:45 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Fra Mauro   Click Here to Email Fra Mauro     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I still have my VHS copy!

David C
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posted 12-14-2017 01:28 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for David C     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I remember "The Rocket Pilots" vividly. There's several recordings of it on YouTube. Unfortunately none are very good quality.

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