Moon Shot

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A revised edition of the New York Times bestselling classic: the epic story of the golden years of American space exploration, told by the men who rode the rockets

On October 4, 1957, the Soviet Union launched Sputnik I, and the space race was born. Desperate to beat the Russians into space, NASA put together a crew of the nation's most daring test pilots: the seven men who were to lead America to the moon. The first into space was Alan Shepard; the last was Deke Slayton, whose ...

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Moon Shot: The Inside Story of America's Apollo Moon Landings

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Overview

A revised edition of the New York Times bestselling classic: the epic story of the golden years of American space exploration, told by the men who rode the rockets

On October 4, 1957, the Soviet Union launched Sputnik I, and the space race was born. Desperate to beat the Russians into space, NASA put together a crew of the nation's most daring test pilots: the seven men who were to lead America to the moon. The first into space was Alan Shepard; the last was Deke Slayton, whose irregular heartbeat kept him grounded until 1975. They spent the 1960s at the forefront of NASA's effort to conquer space, and Moon Shot is their inside account of what many call the twentieth century's greatest feat-landing humans on another world.

Collaborating with NBC's veteran space reporter Jay Barbree, Shepard and Slayton narrate in gripping detail the story of America's space exploration from the time of Shepard's first flight until he and eleven others had walked on the moon.

"Swashbuckling." -The New York Times

"Breathtaking." -Entertainment Weekly

"A must read . . . an insight into the wonders of space flight, yes. But more important, readers come to know Alan Shepard and Deke Slayton, and come to respect their courage and feel genuine affection for these two American heroes." -President George H. W. Bush

"Gripping, authoritative . . . and skillfully told, this is the ultimate inside story of the U.S. space program. " -Walter Cronkite

"From the early Cold War days of the Space Race through the beginnings of the 'thaw,' Moon Shot comes alive." -Senator John H. Glenn

As one of the original seven Mercury astronauts, Alan Shepard (1923-1998) became the first American in space on May 5, 1961, and a decade later took, with his partner Edgar Mitchell, the longest walk-two miles-on the moon before hitting a golf ball for miles and miles across the lunar landscape.

Another Mercury astronaut, Deke Slayton (1924-1993) was meant to be the second American in Earth orbit, but was grounded because of an irregular heartbeat. He stayed on at NASA to supervise his fellow astronauts and was returned to flight status in 1972. In 1975, after sixteen years as head of the astronaut office, Slayton made it into space for the historic first docking of an American and a Russian spacecraft, a step that was a long stride on the road to end the Cold War.

Jay Barbree (b. 1933) is the author of eight books and has been NBC's space correspondent since the birth of NASA. He shared an Emmy Award for NBC's coverage of Apollo 11's first landing on the moon, and is a recipient of NASA's highest medal for Exceptional Public Service.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781453211977
  • Publisher: Open Road Integrated Media LLC
  • Publication date: 3/31/2011
  • Pages: 396
  • Sales rank: 1,388,714
  • Product dimensions: 0.89 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 5.50 (d)

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  • Posted July 9, 2011

    Good history from a pioneer

    I read this when it first came out. It's a great inside look at the early space program up through Apollo 14 (Shepard's last flight). This was also the basis for a TBS series in the early 90's.

    Interesting read, recommended to any that like space.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 23, 2011

    Great read

    I have followed America's space program since the days of Mercury. This book offers insight from two who were there from the beginning through the end of Apollo. The descriptions offered of sitting on the launch pad, of walking on the moon, and of just experiencing first-hand space travel were enthralling. I recommend this to anyone who grew up with the space program, and to those who are discovering it for the first time.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 16, 2011

    Good

    Good read, learned a lot about the history and people that founded Americas space program.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 23, 2013

    Two kits

    Mew and stumble around each other. The stormy gray one opens his eyes for the first time and reveals deep blue eyes. He blinks them a few times and looks around at the den. The light gray one keeps her eyes closed for now.

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    Posted September 23, 2013

    Frostbite

    She curled up in her nest her stomach heavily swolen now

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    Posted September 1, 2013

    Griffinstar

    Come to light clan thornfall

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 1, 2013

    Wolfpelt

    We act like it is. So, if youre locked out, you left for a time. And when we were arguing, I called you a deserter because being locked out is like leaving. Sorry about it. I really, really am. Im just sort of combative.)) He leaves the nursery.

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    Leaves.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 12, 2012

    Top 25 all time non fiction.

    Transcendental read,no imagination needed.

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  • Posted November 15, 2011

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    A solid, if overly nicey-nice accounting

    There are some events in the history of mankind which can never be duplicated. Only one person could be the first to orbit the earth in a spacecraft, or drift outside its confines, or walk on the face of our moon. The 1950s through the 1970s were a special time in the great, epic story of our race. A few dozen men with skill, nerve, and willingness to put their lives on the line to experience the impossible, for themselves and their fellow human beings, stepped up for perhaps the greatest endeavor in earth¿s history. To land a man on the face of the moon and return him safely home. Aided by the sharpest minds in rocket science, aerospace engineering, and computer and communications systems, these men of courage expanded our frontier, some at the expense of their lives. The four hundred pages of this book flew by for me. Beginning with the choice, in the waning days of World War II, of a group of German rocket scientists, led by Wernher von Braun, to surrender to the Americans, which became the genesis of the United States¿ rocket program, the initial printing of this book ended with the Apollo-Soyuz mission (a joining, in 1975, of a U.S. and a Soviet spacecraft while they orbited the earth). Both astronauts involved in the writing, Alan Shepard and Deke Slayton, have passed away since the original printing in 1994. Journalist Jay Barbree wrote an update for the latter version, which I read, which has been rereleased in 2011 for the 50th anniversary of the advent of the space program. His update felt rushed and gave very little specific information about the space program since the last Apollo flight; I would have appreciated a less political stance and one which gave more concrete information. If you are looking for a fast ride through the history of the U.S., and to a very minimal extent, the Soviet, race to the moon, this is a solid place to start. It is also a good book to read if you want to believe that there was very little tension and competition among the astronauts themselves and the various engineers-something that other writings lead me to know is patently untrue. While I can appreciate the desire of the authors to produce an account free from mudslinging, the book does have a ¿nicey-nice¿ ring to it that got a bit too saccharine at times. However, the passion of those involved in the early space programs, the spirit of the unknown that drove them, and their sheer love of what they were doing, comes through clearly in the exciting flow of the narrative. This book made me laugh, cry, and cheer, despite prose that verged on melodramatic at times. Moon Shot focuses on the United States¿ side of the space race, but if you are interested in a balanced account which includes the parallel history of the Soviet side (albeit with much less information from the U.S. viewpoint than Moon Shot), I would like to suggest Two Sides of the Moon: Our Story of the Cold War Space Race. This book was written by U.S. astronaut David Scott-Apollo 15 commander, and Soviet cosmonaut Alexei Leonov-the first man to walk in space, and tells their simultaneous stories from opposing sides of the Iron Curtain. These two men also worked together on joint U.S. and Soviet projects later in their careers. As someone who grew up during the Cold War, I found this collaboration absolutely engrossing, although, like Moon Shot, it is not the most well-written of books.

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  • Posted August 19, 2011

    No New Details or Stories - Book Falls Flat

    "Moon Shot" tells the story of NASA's attempt to get to the moon from the perspectives of Al Shepard and Deke Slayton, two of the original Mercury 7 astronauts. Although I find the recollections enjoyable, it's nothing I haven't read before. There is no information or anecdotes in this book that aren't covered in the plethora of other books and documentaries about the space program. Also, no events or topics are covered in enough detail, and are usually washed over in a few pages. I often wanted to hear more about particular events, only to be let down when the author moves on to a new topic. I imagine this book would be much better if you knew nothing about NASA.

    If you want to read a great book about the glory days of the US Space program, read "Failure is Not an Option" by Gene Krantz.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 1, 2011

    Highly recommended- a great entertaining and formative account of recent history

    I grew up during the years of the United States' developing space program and it's race against the Russians, but this book added so much more information than I could have ever read in newspapers and magazines at that time. It is excellent reading and hard to put down! Many of the events featured were told in incredible details. I can highly recommend this book for anyone who is somewhat familiar with the past events in the U.S. space program, or who knows very little. Great entertainment and very informative!

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