Rocket Men: The Daring Odyssey of Apollo 8 and the

The inside, lesser known story of NASA s boldest and riskiest mission Apollo , mankind s first journey to the Moon on Christmas inA 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 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 assassinations of MLK and RFK, the Chicago DNC riots the Apollomission 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 Rocket Men: The Daring Odyssey of Apollo 8 and the Astronauts Who Made Man's First Journey to the Moon


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 blindness.Kurson began his career as an attorney, graduating from Harvard Law School and practicing real estate law His professional writing career began at the Chicago Sun Times, where he started as a sports agate clerk and soon gained a full time features writing job In 2000, Esquire published My Favorite Teacher, his first magazine story, which became a finalist for a National Magazine Award He moved from the Sun Times to Chicago magazine, then to Esquire, where he won a National Magazine Award and was a contributing editor for years His stories have appeared in Rolling Stone, The New York Times Magazine, and other publications He lives in Chicago.



10 thoughts on “Rocket Men: The Daring Odyssey of Apollo 8 and the Astronauts Who Made Man's First Journey to the Moon

  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 comment.one giant step for mankind While I remember Apollo 8, I had no idea of it s importance


  2. says:

    Space, planets, NASA are not usually subjects to which I gravitate.So 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 write a bad book, can make any subject interesting It s also because though this is about Apollo 8, it is also about real men, their wives, families and our country in the tumultuous year of 1968.Kurson includes the th


  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 hands on sooner rather than later and was so happy to have sourced this one on Audible.I read this along with my


  4. says:

    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 astr


  5. says:

    Before Apollo Eleven landed on the Moon astronauts had to prove they could actually get there This was the record breaking mission of Apollo Eight.The first men who left Earth s orbit,flew to the Moon,orbited the Moon,saw the far side,mapped the landing site,and returned safely to Earth.The year 1968 was a disaster for America and the world Dissent, revolution, the assassinations of Luther King, Jr., and Robert Kennedy, the unraveling of


  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 over my head I was neither bored nor confused The book is directed toward the layman and SO exciting you simply do not want to put it down Give the book a bit of time Don t even consider dropping the book until December 21


  7. says:

    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 cou


  8. says:

    This is an amazing story, made evenamazing by Ray Porter s excellent narration I can t help but feel that, much like 1968 when this tale took place, we need this kind of patriotic, inspiring story to get us through this tough time And then I see something like this proposed Trump July 4th parade, and I think to myself, this is NOT what we need right now Sorry to get political These men were patriots, they were brave and they were Americans It was


  9. says:

    Comprehensive story, but I think I should have had a paper copy The audio didn t keep my attention.


  10. 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 clich s If you re quoting someone or deliberately reflecting the patterns of speech of your subjects think Tom Wolfe inThe Right Stuffthat 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 line of this book felt uniform in ton


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