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Shoot for the Moon: The Space Race and the Extraordinary Voyage of Apollo 11
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James Donovan
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Shoot for the Moon: The Space Race and the Extraordinary Voyage of Apollo 11

James Donovan


Little, Brown & Company

Biography: general;
Biography: historical, political & military;
Biography: science, technology & engineering;
Mathematics & Sciences;
Geographical discovery & exploration;
History of engineering & technology


464 pages

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When the alarm went off fort thousand feet above the moon's surface, both astronauts looked down at the computer to see 1202 flashing on the readout. Neither of them knew what it meant, and time was running out...

ON JULY 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first humans to walk on the moon. One of the world's greatest technological achievements - and a triumph of American spirit and ingenuity - the Apollo 11 mission was a mammoth undertaking involving more than 410,000 men and women dedicated to winning the space race against the Soviets. Set amid the tensions of the Cold War and the upheavals of the sixties, and filled with first-person, behind-the-scenes details, Shoot for the Moon is a gripping account of the dangers, the challenges, and the sheer determination that defined not only Apollo 11, but also the Mercury and Gemini missions that came before it. From the shock of Sputnik and the heart-stopping final minutes of John Glenn's Mercury flight to the deadly whirligig of Gemini 8, the doomed Apollo 1 mission, and that perilous landing on the Sea of Tranquility - when the entire world held its breath while Armstrong and Aldrin battled computer alarms, low fuel, and other problems - James Donovan tells the whole story.

Both sweeping and intimate, Shoot for the Moon is a powerfully written and irresistible celebration (Booklist, starred review) of one of humankind's most extraordinary feats of exploration.

By:   James Donovan
Imprint:   Little, Brown & Company
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 239mm,  Width: 155mm,  Spine: 43mm
Weight:   771g
ISBN:   9780316341783
ISBN 10:   0316341789
Pages:   464
Publication Date:   March 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

James Donovan is the author of the bestselling books The Blood of Heroes: The 13-Day Struggle for the Alamo--and the Sacrifice That Forged a Nation and A Terrible Glory: Custer and the Little Bighorn-the Last Great Battle of the American West. He lives in Dallas, Texas.

A gripping yet wonderfully detailed account of one of humanity's greatest achievements. Shoot for the Moon gives a fascinating insight into the golden age of space exploration. --Tim Peake It was one of humankind's greatest achievements, and here, perhaps for the first time, is the whole story, fastidiously reported and elegantly told. With Shoot For the Moon, James Donovan captures it all-the science, the engineering, the clashing egos, the Cold War politics. But what's even more impressive, he does it without depriving us of the essential magic that was Apollo, this Promethean program that dared to aim as high and as far as man could go. --Hampton Sides, author Ghost Soldiers, In the Kingdom of Ice, and On Desperate Ground This is the best book on Apollo that I have read. Extensively researched and meticulously accurate, it successfully traces not only the technical highlights of the program but also the contributions of the extraordinary people who made it possible. --Mike Collins, Command module pilot, Apollo 11 Donovan combines his masterful research skills and narrative gifts in recounting the full story of the most famous Apollo trip...Donovan's history is a powerfully written and irresistible celebration of the Apollo missions. --Booklist (starred review) With a brilliant eye for detail and an elegant sense of historical narrative, Donovan's Shoot the Moon is sure to be a space race classic. --Annie Jacobsen, bestselling author & Pulitzer Prize finalist

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