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Douglas Brinkley is the Katherine Tsanoff Brown Chair in Humanities and Professor of History at Rice University, a CNN Presidential Historian, and a contributing editor at Vanity Fair. In the world of public history, he serves on boards, at museums, at colleges, and for historical societies. The Chicago Tribune dubbed him America's New Past Master. The New-York Historical Society has chosen Brinkley as its official U.S. Presidential Historian. His recent book Cronkite won the Sperber Prize, while The Great Deluge: Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans, and the Mississippi Gulf Coast received the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award. He was awarded a Grammy for Presidential Suite and is the recipient of seven honorary doctorates in American studies. His two-volume, annotated Nixon Tapes recently won the Arthur S. Link-Warren F. Kuehl Prize. He is a member of the Century Association, the Council on Foreign Relations, and the James Madison Council of the Library of Congress. He lives in Austin, Texas, with his wife and three children. www.douglasbrinkley.com
Brinkley's story is a gripping one....Rice University scholar and an agile and prolific historian and biographer, Brinkley is well-situated to tell this story... Brinkley sees an important poignancy, and he renders it with real power. --Boston Globe A highly engaging history not just for space-race enthusiasts, but also students of Cold War politics....Prolific historian Brinkley avers that his latest is a contribution to U.S. presidential history (not space studies). However, in his customarily thorough way, it's clear that he's mastered a great deal of the fact and lore surrounding the Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo projects that landed American astronauts on the moon 50 years ago. --Kirkus Reviews (starred review) American Moonshot is a thoroughly terrific work which should reach the widest possible audience. As a study in leadership, it is absolutely first rate. As history, it is inspiring and enthralling. And to cap it all, it is a completely riveting story about the Space Age. I love this book. --Doris Kearns Goodwin, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning No Ordinary Time: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt: The Home Front During World War II Douglas Brinkley is not only a scholar, he's a true storyteller. American Moonshot evokes and era, and brings to life the vivid personalities that accomplished one of the greatest feats in history. --Lawrence Wright, author of God Save Texas: A Journey into the Soul of the Lone Star State In an age when so little seems possible, Douglas Brinkley has taken us back to a moment when everything did. In telling the riveting story of John Kennedy and the race to the Moon, Brinkley explores the complexities of politics, diplomacy, technology, and, perhaps most important, of human nature itself. This is a great book. --Jon Meacham, author of The Soul of America: The Battle for Our Better Angels American Moonshot is masterful. Pulsing with fresh new research, Douglas Brinkley's latest book captures that Cold War moment when America made a magnificent leap into the heavens. Brinkley weaves the presidency, biography, and science into a gripping narrative, rewarding readers with a tour-de-force of the Space Race. This is history at its best. --Yanek Mieczkowski, author of Eisenhower's Sputnik Moment: The Race for Space and World Prestige Graced by Douglas Brinkley's remarkable gift for writing richly textured, sympathetic social, cultural and biographical history, American Moonshot delivers an epic narrative: it is the sweeping story of how humankind's impetus for space exploration evolved from the early visionaries in Russia, Germany, and the United States at the dawn of the 20th century through the scientific and technological achievements--albeit associated human horrors--of two world wars, giving birth to the Space Age in peaceful ways even in the context of Cold War and its constant threat of nuclear confrontation. Brinkley's special insights into the life of John F. Kennedy and how in May 1961 as U.S. president he made the audacious commitment of landing astronauts on the Moon before the decade is out makes this book a particularly intimate and fascinating read. --James R. Hansen, author of First Man: The Life of Neil A. Armstrong At a time when national demoralization is so prevalent, Douglas Brinkley's American Moonshot could not be more timely. His reconstruction of JFK's bold commitment to space exploration and the heroic efforts of the men who made the moonshot a reality reminds us that America was and can be again a great principled nation that leads the world on to new frontiers. --Robert Dallek, author of Franklin D. Roosevelt and An Unfinished Life: John F. Kennedy, 1917-1963 Prepare to recall what it was like to be inspired and thrilled by American greatness. Doug Brinkley recounts, with deep research and exciting narrative, the bold spirit and faith in innovation that was embodied in Kennedy's decision to launch a mission to the moon. His vision restored a vitality to America, something we could use today. --Walter Isaacson, author of Leonardo da Vinci