Sex on the Moon by Ben Mezrich
The Amazing Story Behind the Most Audacious Heist in History

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14 Critic Reviews

“Sex on the Moon” finds Mr. Mezrich thinking for two. He doesn’t really know what made Mr. Roberts tick...So this book is far more revealing about its author than about the story he tells.
-NY Times

Synopsis

Thad Roberts, a fellow in a prestigious NASA program had an idea—a romantic, albeit crazy, idea. He wanted to give his girlfriend the moon. Literally.
 
Thad convinced his girlfriend and another female accomplice, both NASA interns, to break into an impregnable laboratory at NASA—past security checkpoints, an electronically locked door with cipher security codes, and camera-lined hallways—and help him steal the most precious objects in the world: the moon rocks.
 
But what does one do with an item so valuable that it’s illegal even to own? And was Thad Roberts—undeniably gifted, picked for one of the most competitive scientific posts imaginable, a possible astronaut—really what he seemed?
 
Mezrich has pored over thousands of pages of court records, FBI transcripts, and NASA documents and has interviewed most of the participants in the crime to reconstruct this Ocean’s Eleven–style heist, a madcap story of genius, love, and duplicity that reads like a Hollywood thrill ride.


From the Hardcover edition.
 

About Ben Mezrich

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Ben Mezrich graduated magna cum laude from Harvard in 1991. Since then he has published twelve books, including the New York Times bestsellers The Accidental Billionaires, which was adapted into the Academy Award-winning film The Social Network, and Bringing Down the House, which has sold more than 1.5 million copies in twelve languages and became the basis for the Kevin Spacey movie 21. Mezrich has also published the national bestsellers Sex on the Moon, Ugly Americans, Rigged, and Busting Vegas. He lives in Boston.
 
Published July 12, 2011 by Anchor. 322 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Crime, Science & Math, Political & Social Sciences, Education & Reference, Professional & Technical, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Horror, Literature & Fiction, Self Help, Parenting & Relationships. Non-fiction
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Critic reviews for Sex on the Moon
All: 14 | Positive: 3 | Negative: 11

Kirkus

Below average
on Jun 01 2011

Even a seasoned pro like Mezrich can’t move this ridiculous caper beyond glorified fraternity-prank status.

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NY Times

Below average
on Jul 13 2011

“Sex on the Moon” finds Mr. Mezrich thinking for two. He doesn’t really know what made Mr. Roberts tick...So this book is far more revealing about its author than about the story he tells.

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Publishers Weekly

Good
on Apr 18 2011

Mezrich...has perfected his intensely readable brand of nonfiction

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Globe and Mail

Above average
on Jul 22 2011

What's so unsatisfying about this tale is that although Roberts was smart enough to see the weak links in the security system and to engineer the heist, he was stupid enough as to actually try it.

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AV Club

Below average
on Jul 20 2011

Sex On The Moon appears to have a very narrow focus...

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Entertainment Weekly

Below average
on Jul 27 2011

I'm sure it could still make a good movie, but it isn't a very good book.

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Suite 101

Good
on Oct 23 2011

Whether the reader believes Roberts to be an egomaniac or a prophet, it seems that the allure of moon rocks remains for many.

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USA Today

Below average

Mezrich has a credibility gap that shines through writing that's overwrought, overstated, over-everything.

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San Francisco Chronicle

Below average
on Jul 17 2011

Mezrich's book is a machine built to the specifications of industrial entertainment, and like many preprogrammed performances, produces little pleasure.

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About.com

Below average

...Thad Roberts is utterly unlikeable; I couldn't help but feel that some authorial skill on Ben Mezrich's part could have rendered him more complex, even sympathetic.

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Seattle PI

Above average
on Jul 06 2011

...Rebecca and Sandra aren't the real names of the women involved and...Combined with "re-created dialogue" and descriptions that often feel novelistic, at what point do such changes push a work from nonfiction to "based on a true story" status?

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Time Out New York

Below average
on Jul 06 2011

Mezrich cops to reimagining conversations and scenes that are long past, but sometimes veers into overwrought melodrama.

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The Space Review

Above average
on Jul 18 2011

Hopefully, reading it won’t leave you rooting for or sympathetic to Roberts, but instead sad about the tragedy of a crime and its consequences.

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Boston Daily

Below average
on Jul 13 2011

...this guy comes across like a sad sociopath, and the heist itself is more bumbling than “audacious.” And this is who I’m supposed to be rooting for hundreds of pages?

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