American Moonshot

American Moonshot

John F. Kennedy and the Great Space Race

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In anticipation of the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing, New York Times bestselling author and historian Douglas Brinkley delivers a young readers' edition of a story rooted in heroism, bravery, and patriotism: America's race to the moon.

July 20, 1969. It's a day that has earned a spot in history. It's the day that America was the first nation to succeed in sending two astronauts--Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong--to the moon.

But what led to this unforgettable event? What were the stakes riding on the Apollo 11's safe landing? In acclaimed author Douglas Brinkley's first young readers' edition, space fans will get the riveting and factual backstory of arguably the most significant achievement of the 20th century.

Publisher: New York, NY : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, [2019]
Edition: Young readers' edition., First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2019
ISBN: 9780062660282
0062660284
Branch Call Number: j 629.4097 BRINKLEY
Characteristics: 260 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Conkling, Winifred - Author

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andkel Jan 29, 2020

This book is full of interesting information and you will learn a lot about the space race and how JFK was connected to getting the first man on the moon. Personally, I thought the writing was really dry and it took me a long time to get through it.

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andybe3619
May 31, 2019

Brinkley gives the read great insight to the events, interdependencies, and politics of one of man's great achievements up until November 1963. The book is titled "American Moonshot" and subtitled "JFK and the Great Space Race". From a content point of view, these titles should have been swapped. The story goes on cruise control after Kennedy's assassination, and more or less becomes a recitation of key events.

To be fair, this would have been a 1000-page book if Brinkley kept the same pace throughout the rest of the '60s, but I did feel a little robbed. It's possible that the budget conflicts, the struggle for supremacy among the various military branches, etc., mostly abated after JFK - Brinkley suggests this at one point, but it felt more like a device to wrap the story up quickly.

I enjoyed American Moonshot, don't get me wrong. Perhaps it's saying something that I wanted it to continue...

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gordengibson
Apr 30, 2019

This book not only describes the program to get a man on the moon, but characterizes the various people like Kennedy, Von Barun and LJB that played a part in the Moonshot program. This book is extremely easy to read, but is full of eye-catching information. I had a problem putting the book down. This book is a must read for anyone wanting to know the human side of the American Moonshot.

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