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Chasing the Moon

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Chasing the Moon by Robert Stone and Alan Andres
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Jun 04, 2019 | ISBN 9781524798123

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Chasing the Moon is rich, lively, and deeply human—a thriller of its own to parallel PBS’s American Experience series on the moon program.”—Richard Rhodes, Pulitzer Prize– and National Book Award–winning author of Energy: A Human History
Chasing the Moon tells the story I’ve lived for most of my life. From my testing of the lunar module on Apollo 9 to my hopes for the future as we celebrate Apollo’s fiftieth anniversary, it’s all there, and told through the personal experiences of the people who lived it. Some of it familiar, some never told before, this is a very human account of a truly historic moment as humankind emerges into the larger cosmos.”—Russell “Rusty” Schweickart, astronaut, Apollo 9

“Designed to be a companion volume to a documentary film, Chasing the Moon is so informative and so entertaining that it can easily stand on its own as a popular history of the Space Race. Stone and Andres capture not only the Cold War rivalry and turmoil of the period, but its heady optimism.”—Joseph Kanon, New York Times bestselling author of The Good German
Chasing the Moon is not only the story of America’s epic moon landing, but a brilliant, no-holds-barred investigation of the politics, technology, and ambitions behind it.”—Edward Jay Epstein, author of How America Lost Its Secrets
“It was one of the most amazing achievements in human history. And now we have a book worthy of the grand endeavor. Chasing the Moon sweeps us along from the first dreams of rocketry to the famed Apollo program, and a grand epic of discovery it is, filled with drama and detail, peopled with characters who dream big and drive themselves to the outer limits of their endurance. It’s a book that demonstrates the best of our twentieth-century selves, when passion and professionalism, both public and private, helped us to do the impossible.”—William Martin, New York Times bestselling author of Cape Cod and Bound for Gold
“If you think you know all that is important about the Apollo moon landings, you would be wrong. In Chasing the Moon, Robert Stone and Alan Andres offer scintillating stories both great and small. From the first serious thinking about space futures at the beginning of the twentieth century to the reflections on the meaning of Apollo, Stone and Andres make a most welcome contribution to documenting the efforts to reach the Moon.”—Roger D. Launius, former chief historian of NASA, author of The Smithsonian History of Space Exploration

“A fascinating and enjoyable read . . . Meticulously researched and definitively detailed, this book is a must-have for anyone who wants to understand why and how Apollo happened.”—James Burke, former BBC-TV science correspondent, author of Connections

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