Apollo 8

Apollo 8

The Thrilling Story of the First Mission to the Moon

Large Print - 2017
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"In August 1968, NASA made a bold decision: in just sixteen weeks, the United States would launch humankind's first flight to the moon. Only the year before, three astronauts had burned to death in their spacecraft, and since then the Apollo program had suffered one setback after another. Meanwhile, the Russians were winning the space race, the Cold War was getting hotter by the month, and President Kennedy's promise to put a man on the moon by the end of the decade seemed sure to be broken. But when Frank Borman, Jim Lovell, and Bill Anders were summoned to a secret meeting and told of the dangerous mission, they instantly signed on. Written with all the color and verve of the best narrative nonfiction, Apollo 8 takes us from Mission Control to the astronauts' homes, from the test labs to the launchpad. The race to prepare an untested rocket for an unprecedented journey paves the way for the hair-raising trip to the moon. Then, on Christmas Day, a nation that has suffered a horrendous year of assassinations and war is heartened by an inspiring message from the trio of astronauts in lunar orbit. And when the mission is over--after the first view of the far side of the moon, the first earthrise, and the first reentry through the Earth's atmosphere following a flight to deep space--the impossible dream of walking on the moon suddenly seems within reach. The full story of Apollo 8 has never been told, and only Jeffrey Kluger--Jim Lovell's coauthor of the bestselling book about Apollo 13--can do it justice. Here is the tale of a mission that was both a calculated risk and a wild crapshoot, a stirring account of how three American heroes forever changed our view of the home planet."--Jacket.
Publisher: Farmington Hills, Michigan : Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, a Cengage Company, ©2017.
Edition: Large print edition.
ISBN: 9781432843472
Characteristics: 551 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates :,illustrations, portraits ;,25 cm
Alternative Title: Apollo eight


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VaughanPLDavidB Nov 09, 2018

While I certainly enjoyed reading the details of the development of the American space program leading to the flight of Apollo 8, I wish the author would have dwelt less on the family lives of the three astronauts as I was not much interested, despite the media's obsession with them at the time. I certainly could not have cared less about how Frank Borman and Jim Lovell proposed to their wives.

Dec 11, 2017

Will be most appropriate to those people who have some knowledge of the Apollo program and its personnel. I did not enjoy the author's mid-20th Century style of writing, but that is purely a personal preference and should not deter others from reading this book. Tom Wolfe approaches similar matter more entertaining in The Right Stuff.

Sep 09, 2017

Well written review of the background of the Apollo 8 mission to the moon, the personalities involved, and the actual trip. Could be the most definitive book on the mission.

Aug 22, 2017

Well written and makes a great companion to Apollo 13 by the same author. If you are a space buff the jargon will not intimidate you. Apollo 8 was a landmark mission which was overshadowed by Apollo 11 and Apollo 13.

I was in kindergarten when this mission took place but the Apollo missions are still keen in my mind as some of my earliest memories. This book enabled me to better appreciate those missions and the people involved in making them a success. Quickly paced with loads of detail (but not overly technical), this book should delight space buffs and and fans of human adventure alike.

From the Author's Note, Kluger cites the following as helpful sources and interesting reads themselves:

- Countdown by Frank Borman
- A Man on the Moon by Andrew Chaikin
- Rockets and People by Boris Chertok
- Carrying the Fire by Michael Collins
- Flight by Chris Kraft
- Failure is Not an Option by Gene Kranz
- Genesis by Robert Zimmerman
- Apollo 8 by NASA (official mission reports)

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