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Rocket Men

Rocket Men by Robert Kurson
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Apr 03, 2018 | 720 Minutes
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    Apr 03, 2018 | 592 Pages

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    Apr 03, 2018 | 384 Pages

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    Apr 03, 2018 | 352 Pages

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“With Rocket Men, Robert Kurson tells the tale of Apollo 8 with novelistic detail and immediacy, expertly capturing the urgency and suspense behind the mission that gave America the lead in the Space Race.”—Andy Weir, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Martian and Artemis

Rocket Men is a riveting introduction to the [Apollo 8] flight. . . . Kurson details the mission in crisp, suspenseful scenes. . . . [A] gripping book.”The New York Times Book Review

“Kurson effectively recreates the era, recalling the tumult of a changing nation, as well as the tension felt by those involved both on Earth and in space, of a mission with little margin for error. . . . Fans of explorers and adventurers will enjoy Kurson’s vibrant, accessible history.”Publishers Weekly

“Kurson’s first-rate account of this remarkable spaceflight starts by reminding us what a gamble it was, a revelatory wake-up nudge for anyone who thinks moon flights were routine. . . .  There are many pieces to the Apollo 8 story, but Kurson brings them together effortlessly.”USA Today

Rocket Men is close-to-the-bone adventure-telling on a par with Alfred Lansing’s Endurance and Jon Krakauer’s Into Thin Air. It’s as close to a movie as writing gets.”—Mary Roach, The Washington Post

“Engrossing . . . Kurson’s conception-to-splashdown reporting had the cooperation from the astronauts and their wives, giving him invaluable details. . . . Kurson builds suspense around a mind-bendingly complex and dangerous journey.”Associated Press

“In 1968 we sent men to the Moon. They didn’t leave boot prints, but it was the first time humans ever left Earth for another destination. That mission was Apollo 8. And Rocket Men, under Robert Kurson’s compelling narrative, is that under-told story.”—Neil deGrasse Tyson

“Kurson takes us on mankind’s first trip to the Moon, in 1968, another time when it seemed America was tearing itself apart. But on Christmas Eve, we raised our eyes skyward and were inspired by the bravery and eloquence of the three Apollo 8 astronauts as they orbited the Moon and reminded us of our common humanity.”—Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger

“A timely and thrilling reminder of a heroic American achievement—three dashing astronauts and the first rendezvous with the Moon. It has it all—suspense, drama, risk, and loving families. We could use those days again.”—Tom Brokaw

“This is the story of the most consequential and daring voyage since those in the era of Columbus, the Apollo 8 mission to the Moon. The tale is told with the care and clarity, and the heart-banging drama, that Robert Kurson’s legion of readers have come to expect from him.”—Scott Turow

“As a Rocket Woman myself, I know very well the story of Apollo 8, and yet I couldn’t put this book down. . . . Kurson presents not only the challenges, risks, ambition, and success of Apollo 8, but a story of human spirit.”—Nicole Stott, NASA ISS and space shuttle astronaut

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