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

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

by Robert Kurson


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ISBN-13: 9780812988703
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/03/2018
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 15,456
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

ROBERT KURSON earned a bachelor's degree in philosophy from the University of Wisconsin, then a law degree from Harvard Law School. His award-winning stories have appeared in Rolling Stone, The New York Times Magazine, and Esquire, where he is a contributing editor. He is the author of Shadow Divers, a New York Times bestseller; Crashing Through, based on Kurson's 2006 National Magazine Award-winning profile in Esquire; and Pirate Hunters, also a New York Times bestseller. He lives in Chicago.


Chicago, Illinois

Place of Birth:

Chicago, Illinois


B.A. in Philosophy, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1986; J.D., Harvard Law School, 1990

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Table of Contents

Prologue: Countdown 3

Chapter 1 Do You Want To Go To The Moon? 7

Chapter 2 The Space Race 19

Chapter 3 A Secret Plan 43

Chapter 4 Are You Out Of Your Mind? 58

Chapter 5 Frank Borman 80

Chapter 6 Just Four Months 104

Chapter 7 Jim Lovell 127

Chapter 8 Pushed To Superhuman Speeds 151

Chapter 9 Bill Anders 165

Chapter 10 How's Fifty-Fifty? 192

Chapter 11 My God, We Are Really Doing This 207

Chapter 12 Leaving Home 229

Chapter 13 A Deeply Troubled Year 257

Chapter 14 A Critical Test 278

Chapter 15 An Astronaut In Trouble 298

Chapter 16 Equigravisphere 312

Chapter 17 Racing The Moon 335

Chapter 18 Our Most Ancient Companion 348

Chapter 19 Earthrise 355

Chapter 20 The Heaven And The Earth 381

Chapter 21 Aiming For Home 402

Chapter 22 Please Be Informed-There Is A Santa Claus 416

Chapter 23 Help From An Old Friend 437

Chapter 24 The Men Who Saved 1968 455

Epilogue 478

Acknowledgments 513

Diagram of Apollo 8 520

Author's Note 523

A Note on Sources 531

Index 539

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Rocket Men: The Daring Odyssey of Apollo 8 and the Astronauts Who Made Man's First Journey to the Moon 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
AE2 More than 1 year ago
In August 1868, NASA, intent on getting ahead of Russia in the space race and hoping to overcome demoralizing rocket failures, made the dramatic decision to push to send men to orbit the moon in December--giving them way less preparation time than usual. Engineers, astronauts, and everyone at NASA worked together to get astronauts Frank Borman, Jim Lovell, and Bill Anders prepared for whatever would come on their unprecedented mission. This narrative nonfiction is superb. Robert Kurson does a great job taking readers into 1968--to see the unrest in the United States, with protests of the Vietnam War, the assassinations of Bobby Kennedy and Martin Luther King, Jr., and more. It was really interesting to see how this mission brought people together and brought a good ending to an otherwise rough year. It was also really interesting to see the different personalities of the three astronauts as well as their wives and families. It's jammed with interesting information--mind-blowing numbers (like the weight of the rocket!), the realities of space life (like what happens when one crew member gets diarrhea!), and what Walter Cronkite announced on TV during their orbit. It really takes the reader back in time, and it's an engaging and informative read. Really fantastic piece of nonfiction. I read a copy of the book via NetGalley. All opinions are my own.
443918 More than 1 year ago
Kurson Does it Again! Rocket Men is an exciting story of an adventure that almost didn't happen. We live in a world that looks at historical events as though they were inevitable and Kurson writes such a compelling text that you are able to feel the anxiety and intensity of the moment back in 1968. U.S. astronauts were true heroes who helped Americans to come together in triumph at a time when the country was being pulled apart by tragedy and Robert Kurson is able to capture the details of this story. Kurson is a best-selling writer for a reason - he is writes in way that makes every book captivating regardless of the topic. Rocket Men is no different -- this book is an important reminder of public service and dedication, of love and sacrifice, and it is written with such care for all the details that the reader feels they actually know the astronauts and their families. This is a great read, don't miss it!
LilacDreams More than 1 year ago
I’ve been fascinated by space since studying the solar system in second grade. If there’s an astronaut book out there, I’ve read it. This is a great addition. Apollos 11 and 13 are famous as the first moon landing and the successful failure of a moon landing. Apollo 8 is less well-known, but, in the words of the late Neil Armstrong, was “an enormously bold decision.” The American space program was in trouble. A crew had perished in a spacecraft fire on the pad in 1967. And not only the space program, but all of America was convulsing with anti-war fervor, racial unrest, and assassinations in 1968. A circumlunar flight was dangerous, but it would keep the space program moving forward toward the goal of landing men on the moon before the end of the decade, and maybe even beat the Soviets. The flight of Apollo 8 was a resounding success. And 1968 ended on a bright, shining note.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Robert Kurson has written another brilliant novel full of his characteristic attention to personal and technical detail which he somehow always manages to imbue with wonder and excitement. Truly great read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thought I was well read on US space program history ... until I read Rocket Men
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A great book for all to learn about a fantastic human voyage.