Apollo to the Moon

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Gr 5 Up-- Two disappointing efforts. Both are attractively laid out, with plenty of black-and-white photos scattered throughout and an inset section of color photos. However, neither has a much-needed map. More basic is the fact that DeSomma appears to have done his writing in 1990 and not to have touched it since, so that while there is some interesting material on how earlier space programs might lead into a trip to Mars, his extensive predictions have no validity in a world without a Soviet Union. Kennedy makes the sort of errors that suggest that he did not live through the Apollo era himself; he speaks of Cape Canaveral when it was Cape Kennedy. He starts his book with the Apollo fire and lingers on other problems encountered, decrying delays and investigations but omitting anything learned or improved as a result of these painful lessons, and shows no understanding of the other shocks the U. S. experienced, from Sputnik and Gagarin through the time of assassinations, which kept the Apollo fire from being the overwhelming watershed he depicts. Outbound (Time-Life, 1989) offers a more balanced overview of these subjects, with less false pretence of being up-to-the-minute. Flying to the Moon (Farrar, 1976) by Michael Collins ends with Apollo 11 but puts readers truly into the time. Exploring Mars (Rourke, 1987) by David Baker concentrates in full color on the U. S. space program, where the changes of the past years have been less draconic. --Margaret Chatham, formerly at Smithtown Library, NY
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780791013229
  • Publisher: Facts on File, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/1/1992
  • Series: World Explorers Series
  • Pages: 111
  • Lexile: 1250L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 7.56 (w) x 9.54 (h) x 0.52 (d)

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