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The sheer determination that defined not only Apollo 11 but also the Mercury and Gemini missions that made it possible Both sweeping and intimate and based on exhaustive research and dozens of fresh interviews bestselling author James Donovan's Shoot for the Moon is the definitive and thrilling account of one of humankind's most extraordinary feats of exploration. An enjoyable read documenting the history of manned space flight from the beginning through the Apollo 11 moon landing The book covers many facets of the successful mission to land man on the moon The author covers the Astronauts and the support team in Houston who supported their efforts

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

For the 50th anniversary the epic story of Apollo 11 and the astronauts flight controllers and engineers who made it happen by the author of the bestselling A Terrible Glory and The Blood of HeroesOn July 20 1969 Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first humans to walk on the Moon a moment forever ingrained in history Perhaps the world's greatest technologic. 25 StarsI m that person who devours any book written about the space program When I saw this I had to have it You would think that a book published for Apollo 11 s 50th anniversary with the Apollo 11 in the title would focus on that mission Surprisingly this book did not I wouldn t say the part of the book about the space race leading up to Apollo 11 wasn t bad but it has been done before I can think of dozens of books written about the space race I don t really feel that this book really adds much to the discussion I thought it odd that a book that was supposed to focus on Apollo 11 doesn t really start focusing on that mission until page 300 Is it really the extraordinary story of Apollo 11 when it only takes 95 ish pages There have been multiple books written about single missions and they ve been very good Apollo 8 Apollo 13 I feel the book could have been much better if it hadn t tried to cover everything and instead focused on the mission The author writes well and likes to sprinkle his narrative with unattributed anecdotes I didn t mind this so much until one of them directly contradicted established history Page 220 recounts a story apparently taken from an interview with Chuck Friedlander where he takes Grissom s parents to Cape Canaveral A few months before the Apollo 204 fire Grissom s parents had come up from Indiana to visit Gus asked Chuck Friedlander to give them a tour of Cape Kennedy Friedlander took Gus s parents up the elevator to level eight and walked them over to the command module The gist of this story is that Grissom s parents visited the capsule high atop Launch Complex 34 a few months before the launch This would not have happened The capsule was not installed at LC 34 until January 3 1967 which is only 24 days before the fire Hardly a few months before the fire The Apollo 1 capsule arrived at KSC in August of 1966 and spent time in an altitude chamber before arriving at LC 34 I m not doubting that Grissom s parents may have toured the Cape with Mr Friedman but I suggest that if they did visit the capsule it would not have been at level 8 on the gantry at LC 34 I m also uite annoyed with the author for misuoting Grissom s last few statements before the fire On page 214 the author lists Grissom as saying I said Jesus Christ if we can t communicate across three miles how the hell are we going to communicate when we re on the moon Here is what he really said How are we going to get to the moon if we can t talk between 3 buildings Jesus Christ I said how are we gonna get to the moon if we can t talk between two or three buildingsIt may not seem like a big difference but it is different Transcripts of the audio or the audio itself can be found online I think there was no reason for the author to misuote Grissom here It may seem close enough but imagine if we only remembered the close enough version other iconic statements This may seem like nitpicking but I m very touchy about Apollo 1 There was no excuse for this in a situation where the author had some really awesome resources at his disposal while writing this book In the end I was disappointed Finding inaccuracies like these make me suspicious about errors I may not have noticed I appreciate that the author wanted to write about the space program but I ve honestly read this same book a dozen times It has been done before Even though Apollo 11 has been covered before I think that a fresh version for the 50th anniversary would have been great I don t think this uite fits the bill I m not going to discourage anyone from reading the book but I think there are better examples already out there But who am I to disagree with Michael Collins

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Al achievement and a triumph of American spirit and ingenuity the Apollo 11 mission and the entire Apollo program was a mammoth undertaking involving than 410000 men and women dedicated to putting a man on the Moon and winning the Space Race against the SovietsSeen through the eyes of the those who lived it Shoot for the Moon reveals the dangers the challenges and. This was informative entertaining and well written


10 thoughts on “Shoot for the Moon The Space Race and the Extraordinary Voyage of Apollo 11

  1. says:

    25 StarsI'm that person who devours any book written about the space program When I saw this I had to have it You would think that

  2. says:

    What a thrilling book Even though I knew the outcome from the beginning having lived the early space years as a

  3. says:

    I thought this book is just about Apollo 11 However this book is informative It details the American space program from the very beginning culminating in Apollo 11 and the moon landing I learned a lot like Lyndon Johnson's big role in encouraging the space program's birth Learned that politics played a very big role too

  4. says:

    Audio bookThis was a fun book to listen to I do not consider myself to be overly knowledgable about the space r

  5. says:

    This was informative entertaining and well written

  6. says:

    I enjoyed reading this but had thought most of it would be about Apollo 11 and it really wasn't I did like the part about the Gemini missions

  7. says:

    James Donovan’s Shoot For The Moon is the first book about America’s triumphant moon landing in 1969 that puts the feat in its proper context Donovan balances a technical analysis of space flight with gripping biographical details

  8. says:

    An enjoyable read documenting the history of manned space flight from the beginning through the Apollo 11 moon landing The book covers many facets of the successful mission to land man on the moon The author covers the Astronauts and the support team in Houston who supported their efforts

  9. says:

    Good historic look at the space race I might even have it on my re read list That being said I still loved First Man a bit

  10. says:

    I'm a sucker for most anything about the 1960's NASA missions and therefore easily lured in by this book I thoroughly enjoyed it Not too technical and sprinkled with plenty of great anecdotes