Moondust by Andrew Smith

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The Apollo lunar missions of the 1960s and 1970s have been called the last optimistic acts of the twentieth century. Twelve astronauts made this greatest of all journeys and were indelibly marked by it, for better or for worse. Journalist Andrew Smith tracks down the nine surviving members of this elite group to find their answers to the question "Where do you go after you've been to the Moon?"

A thrilling blend of history, reportage, and memoir, Moondust rekindles the hopeful excitement of an incandescent hour in America's past and captures the bittersweet heroism of those who risked everything to hurl themselves out of the known world -- and who were never again quite able to accept its familiar bounds.


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Andrew Smith is the author of the novels Ghost Medicine, In the Path of Falling Objects, Stick, and Passenger, which will be published in October 2012 and is the sequel to his acclaimed novel, The Marbury Lens, which was the winner of the Southern California Independent Booksellers Association Book of the Year, and praised by Booklist as “a read that is as disorienting as it is daring” in a starred review. Andrew Smith lives in the mountains outside of Los Angeles with his family. Visit him online at
Published April 25, 2009 by HarperCollins e-books. 388 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, War, Computers & Technology, Science & Math, Religion & Spirituality, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction

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He covers everything from the politics that led to its creation (and then to its end) to the so-called Mercury 13 women candidates and even the Apollo wives' subtle attempts at subterfuge against the mighty NASA PR machine.

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To provide security for the trip, Eric Trump took along with him a retinue of Secret Service agents, as is customary for members of the first family traveling abroad with or without the president.

Aug 28 2012 | Read Full Review of Moondust

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