Rocket Men: The Epic Story of the First Men on the Moonby Craig Nelson
At 9:32 A.M. on July 16, 1969, the Apollo 11 rocket launched in the presence of more than a million spectators who had gathered to witness a truly historic event. It carried Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Mike Collins to the last frontier of human imagination: the/b>
A richly detailed and dramatic account of one of the greatest achievements of humankind
At 9:32 A.M. on July 16, 1969, the Apollo 11 rocket launched in the presence of more than a million spectators who had gathered to witness a truly historic event. It carried Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Mike Collins to the last frontier of human imagination: the moon.
Rocket Men is the thrilling story of the moon mission, and it restores the mystery and majesty to an event that may have become too familiar for most people to realize what a stunning achievement it represented in planning, technology, and execution.
Through interviews, twenty-three thousand pages of NASA oral histories, and declassified CIA documents on the space race, Craig Nelson re-creates a vivid and detailed account of the Apollo 11 mission. From the quotidian to the scientific to the magical, readers are taken right into the cockpit with Aldrin and Armstrong and behind the scenes at Mission Control.
Rocket Men is the story of a twentieth-century pilgrimage; a voyage into the unknown motivated by politics, faith, science, and wonder that changed the course of history.
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July marks the 40th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing. This exhaustively researched history by a history writer (The First Heros) reveals many little-known details about the mission and its astronauts. For example, a recurring problem for NASA was the strong, human-generated odors that permeated its space capsules. The book is also a collective biography of the mission's three astronautsNeal Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collinsand describes how the intensive press coverage affected their families. The mission changed their lives forever, but, later, the fame brought on problems like alcoholism and divorce. Nelson also devotes major sections to a discussion of the history of rocketry, human space flight, and the Space Race. He closes with a poignant, forward-looking analysis of human space exploration and Apollo 11's place in history. VERDICT Sure to appeal to serious space history fans. [See Prepub Alert, LJ3/15/09; out this month from Harmony is Aldrin's Magnificent Desolation: The Long Journey Home from the Moon.Ed.]Jeffrey Beall, Univ. of Colorado Lib., Denver
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Meet the Author
Craig Nelson is the author of four previous books, including The First Heroes and Let's Get Lost. His writings have appeared in Salon, The New England Review, Blender, Genre, and a host of other publications. He was an editor at HarperCollins, Hyperion, and Random House for almost twenty years and has been profiled by Variety, Interview, Manhattan, Inc., and Time Out.
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I found this book in the bargain book section in the store when I was checking out. What a terrific use of $5! This book dives very deeply into the early glory days of NASA. My favorite part is the depth of interviewing done by Mr. Nelson with the key players of the Apollo program. Several long quotes were included, and one really gets a sense of being there on the Moon with Neil and Buzz. I hope he continues to write other books about the Space Program!