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From: Geneva, Switzerland
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posted 07-22-2017 11:28 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cspg   Click Here to Email cspg     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Rocket Men: The Daring Odyssey of Apollo 8 and the Astronauts Who Made Man's First Journey to the Moon
by Robert Kurson
The inside, lesser-known story of NASA's boldest and riskiest mission: Apollo 8, mankind's first journey to the Moon on Christmas in 1968. 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 1968, the Apollo program was on shaky footing. President Kennedy's end-of-decade deadline to put a man on the Moon was in jeopardy, and the Soviets were threatening to pull ahead in the space race. By August 1968, 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 assassinations of MLK and RFK, the Chicago DNC riots — the Apollo 8 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 world.

  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Random House (April 3, 2018)
  • ISBN-10: 0812988701
  • ISBN-13: 978-0812988703


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posted 07-22-2017 03:49 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for hermit   Click Here to Email hermit     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have seen the manuscript and can report that this book is based on extensive interviews by the author with Borman, Lovell and Anders and their wives, and also with Chris Kraft.

The prime technical source is the Apollo Flight Journal. So it combines factual accuracy with personal reflections by the main participants. It pays particular attention to the decision to fly a lunar mission at that point in the program. A good read.


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posted 07-24-2017 10:58 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for onesmallstep   Click Here to Email onesmallstep     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Good that another title on Apollo 8 is coming out, as I was a little disappointed that the recent one by Jeffrey Kluger was a little skimpy and read more like a long magazine article. More in-depth interviews with the principals involved, especially going into the decision-making to fly to the moon, are welcome.

But I do recommend that that the title be changed: 'Rocket Men' (or Man) has been used a little too much. Maybe "In the Beginning.." or "Around the Moon"?

Robert Pearlman

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posted 03-05-2018 05:08 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago (Illinois) will host a book launch for "Rocket Men" with author Robert Kurson and the Apollo 8 astronauts on April 5, 2018.
Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 8 mission and the release of the new book "Rocket Men: The Daring Odyssey of Apollo 8 and the Astronauts Who Made Man's First Journey to the Moon" by Robert Kurson, with a special evening at the Museum of Science and Industry.

Join the crew of Apollo 8 — astronauts Frank Borman, Jim Lovell and Bill Anders — for an exclusive panel discussion with the author. You'll also be able to visit the Apollo 8 capsule they rode to the Moon, and explore select other Museum exhibits in an after-hours environment.

Admission costs $35 and includes a copy of "Rocket Men" signed by the author, a panel discussion with the Apollo 8 astronauts, admission to select Museum exhibits, and light snacks. A cash bar will also be available.


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posted 03-06-2018 11:09 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for jjknap   Click Here to Email jjknap     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks, I purchased my ticket!

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