Moon Shot

Moon Shot

By Alan Shepard & Deke Slayton

  • Release Date: 2011-05-03
  • Genre: Engineering
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A revised edition of the New York Times bestselling classic: the epic story of the golden years of American space exploration, told by the men who rode the rockets
On October 4, 1957, the Soviet Union launched Sputnik I, and the space race was born. Desperate to beat the Russians into space, NASA put together a crew of the nation’s most daring test pilots: the seven men who were to lead America to the moon. The first into space was Alan Shepard; the last was Deke Slayton, whose irregular heartbeat kept him grounded until 1975. They spent the 1960s at the forefront of NASA’s effort to conquer space, and Moon Shot is their inside account of what many call the twentieth century’s greatest feat—landing humans on another world.
Collaborating with NBC’s veteran space reporter Jay Barbree, Shepard and Slayton narrate in gripping detail the story of America’s space exploration from the time of Shepard’s first flight until he and eleven others had walked on the moon.
“Swashbuckling.” —The New York Times  “Breathtaking.” —Entertainment Weekly “A must read . . . an insight into the wonders of space flight, yes. But more important, readers come to know Alan Shepard and Deke Slayton, and come to respect their courage and feel genuine affection for these two American heroes.” —President George H. W. Bush “Gripping, authoritative . . . and skillfully told, this is the ultimate inside story of the U.S. space program. “ —Walter Cronkite “From the early Cold War days of the Space Race through the beginnings of the ‘thaw,’ Moon Shot comes alive.” —Senator John H. Glenn 
As one of the original seven Mercury astronauts, Alan Shepard (1923–1998) became the first American in space on May 5, 1961, and a decade later took, with his partner Edgar Mitchell, the longest walk—two miles—on the moon before hitting a golf ball for miles and miles across the lunar landscape. Another Mercury astronaut, Deke Slayton (1924–1993) was meant to be the second American in Earth orbit, but was grounded because of an irregular heartbeat. He stayed on at NASA to supervise his fellow astronauts and was returned to flight status in 1972.  In 1975, after sixteen years as head of the astronaut office, Slayton made it into space for the historic first docking of an American and a Russian spacecraft, a step that was a long stride on the road to end the Cold War. Jay Barbree (b. 1933) is the author of eight books and has been NBC’s space correspondent since the birth of NASA. He shared an Emmy Award for NBC’s coverage of Apollo 11’s first landing on the moon, and is a recipient of NASA’s highest medal for Exceptional Public Service.

Reviews

  • Excellent Accounting

    5
    By jimivan
    This was an excellent book with a well told chronological sequence to the missions.
  • Incredible!

    5
    By TrackingKookie
    I was on the edge of my seat the entire read. Fascinating inside story from two astronauts who were there. But it doesn't feel boastful. It truly goes into the challenges they faced, the cliffhanger moments, the human side. Very well written and well presented.
  • Awesome inside story of America's once great space program

    5
    By Wingspinner
    No matter what you've read about the US space program this book will give you a different perspective. The inside perspective as told by the men who managed a big part of the program. It also highlights near the end how Obama has thrown away 50 years of knowledge and technology and billions of dollars to decimate NASA in his quest to "dumb down" America and throw every cent he can at social programs that will keep his party in power. More wise Democrats like LBJ and JFK are rolling in their graves. Anyhow, don't be scared off. The book is completely non-political and just describes the facts of how Obama killed NASA in only one paragraph out of a whole book about the space program. A great read!!
  • The end was the best

    5
    By Espirito Santo
    The obama administration ended the shuttle program. The nixon administration ended the apollo program. They both hampered America's ability to advance in space exploration. They both deserve harsh criticism therefore i truly enjoyed the end.
  • Good read that ends on a sour note

    2
    By Thomas Puckett
    I enjoyed reading this book, but near the end, it devolved into a political rant against the Obama administration. This, unfortunately, left a bad taste in my mouth and ruined what would normally have been a four star book. It seemed completely uneccesary.

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