Rocket Men: The Epic Story of the First Men on the Moon

Rocket Men: The Epic Story of the First Men on the Moon

by Craig Nelson
Rocket Men: The Epic Story of the First Men on the Moon

Rocket Men: The Epic Story of the First Men on the Moon

by Craig Nelson


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A New York Times Bestseller

"Celebrates a bold era when voyaging beyond the Earth was deemed crucial to national security and pride."
-The Wall Street Journal

Restoring the drama, majesty, and sheer improbability of an American triumph, this is award-winning historian Craig Nelson's definitive and thrilling story of man's first trip to the moon. 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. Through interviews, 23,000 pages of NASA oral histories, and declassified CIA documents on the space race, Rocket Men presents a vivid narrative of the moon mission, taking readers on the journey to one of the last frontiers of the human imagination.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780143117162
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/27/2010
Pages: 432
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About 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.

Table of Contents

Part I

1 Behemoth 3

2 The General's Command 11

3 Anything but What He Is 17

4 The Sons of Galileo 32

5 Mr. Cool Stone 42

6 Don't Eat Toads 57

7 A Way to Talk to God 71

Part II

8 How the Pyramids Were Built 89

9 Total Cold War 111

10 The Bluff at Nobleman's Grave 135

11 The Fluid Front 145

12 The Transfiguration 180

Part III

13 The Great Black Sea 207

14 The Birth of the Moon 216

15 The Eagle Has Wings 232

16 One of Those Sad Days When You Lose a Machine 237

17 "Mr. President, the Eagle Has Landed" 264

18 To Rediscover Childhood 277

19 A tenuous Grasp 291

20 We Missed the Whole Thing 306

21 Through You, We Touched the Moon 316

22 When All Those Curves Lined Up 324

Acknowledgement 353

Notes 355

Sources 377

Index 395

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