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

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

by James Donovan


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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 Heroes.

On 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 technological achievement-and a triumph of American spirit and ingenuity-the Apollo 11 mission, and the entire Apollo program, was a mammoth undertaking involving more than 410,000 men and women dedicated to putting a man on the Moon and winning the Space Race with the Soviets.

Seen through the eyes of the those who lived it, Shoot for the Moon reveals the dangers, the challenges, and 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780316341783
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Publication date: 03/12/2019
Pages: 464
Sales rank: 22,243
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.40(h) x 1.60(d)

About the Author

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.

Table of Contents

Prologue 3

Part I Up

1 Cossacks in Space 9

2 Of Monkeys and Men 31

3 "The Howling Infinite" 46

4 Man on a Missile 74

Part II Around

5 In Orbit 103

6 Under Pressure 117

7 The Gusmobile 137

8 The Walk, and a Sky Gone Berserk 168

Part III Out

9 Inferno 201

10 Recovery 221

11 Phoenix and Earthrise 243

12 "Amiable Strangers" 262

13 A Practice Run and a Dress Rehearsal 287

Part IV Down

14 "You're Go" 301

15 The Translunar Express 322

16 Descent to Luna 345

17 Moondust 366

Epilogue 390

Acknowledgments 395

Notes 397

Bibliography 429

Index 440

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Shoot for the Moon: The Space Race and the Extraordinary Voyage of Apollo 11 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous 2 days ago
Grabs you and places you in the space race from V2s to Apollo 11! Terrific insight to the highly complicated, scientifically difficult, and mind numbing problems overcome to get to the moon! A solid read for any baby boomer who thru this era, and also anyone interested in history, science, aerospace and the human spirit to overcome all obstacles.
Anonymous 5 months ago
This is a pleasant diversion but contains information already published. The writing of actual Apollo 11 flight (near the end of the book) is lackluster. This is a decent book for someone who doesn't know the history of space flight.
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