Rocket Men by Craig Nelson
The Epic Story of the First Men on the Moon

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"Celebrates a bold era when voyaging beyond the Earth was deemed crucial to national security and pride."
-The Wall Street Journal

Restoring the drama, majesty, and sheer improbability of an American triumph, this is award-winning historian Craig Nelson's definitive and thrilling story of man's first trip to the moon. At 9:32 a.m. on July 16, 1969, the Apollo 11 rocket launched in the presence of more than a million spectators who had gathered to witness a truly historic event. Through interviews, 23,000 pages of NASA oral histories, and declassified CIA documents on the space race, Rocket Men presents a vivid narrative of the moon mission, taking readers on the journey to one of the last frontiers of the human imagination.
 

About Craig Nelson

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Craig Nelson has been a vice president and executive editor of Harper & Row, Hyperion, Random House, and Villard, and a literary agent. He is the author of several books, including Thomas Paine, winner of the 2007 Henry Adams Prize. He has been profiled in Variety, Interview, Publishers Weekly, and Time Out.
 
Published June 25, 2009 by Viking Adult. 416 pages
Genres: History, Computers & Technology, War, Science & Math, Education & Reference, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction

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A thorough recounting—as full in human terms as in scientific and technical detail—of NASA's first manned Moon landing.

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On July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong first set foot on the moon. In this extensively researched account of that epic achievement, former publishing executive and prize-winning author Nelson (<EMPHASIS

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The Washington Post

To understand how completely Apollo 11 dominates the history of the space program, consider for a moment the previous mission, Apollo 10.

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Christian Science Monitor

When Neil Armstrong landed on the moon, Werner von Braun thought his footsteps as important to our species’ history as those taken by the first life-forms to leave the oceans for dry land.

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Tampa Bay Times

Von Braun became a public icon, writing inspiring articles on space travel and appearing on a popular Disney television program about space.

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Cleveland.com

Nelson pulls it off with meticulous research and a narrative arc as disciplined as Apollo 11's own trajectory through space and into history....

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Rocket Men concludes with an overview of the long term repercussions of the Apollo 11 mission, and what it has meant for the cause of space exploration and how it influenced the development of the Space Station and Space Shuttle projects, and what space may hold for us in the future.

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