Rocket Men

Rocket Men

The Epic Story of the First Men on the Moon

Audiobook CD - 2009
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Craig Nelson, literary agent and executive editor of several major publishers, delivers a thrilling account of Apollo 11, the NASA mission that placed humans on the moon for the first time. He also details the staggering technological achievements that made the successful mission possible.
Published: [New York, N.Y.] : Penguin Audio, p2009.
Edition: Unabridged.
ISBN: 9780143144793
0143144790
Branch Call Number: SPOKEN CD 629.454 NEL
Characteristics: 14 sound discs (ca. 17 hr.) :,digital ;,4 3/4 in.
Additional Contributors: McGonagle, Richard

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Apr 30, 2013

I enjoyed the narrative, and the plethora of long quotes from participants of the Apollo 11 mission and some of the rocket scientists who made it possible. I continue to be amazed at the sheer gumption that took NASA from rockets failing on the pad to the creation of a tiny oasis that carried three men through the vacuum to the moon and back home again. In this divided time, I almost long for the shared national vision and sense of wonder that they all must have felt, even if it was ultimately only a manifestation of the Cold War. Only three stars because I found out, quite by accident, that the book is riddled with tiny errors of the esoteric variety that only true aficionados would notice. I didn't hear anything that I knew to be wrong, but knowing they were there ruined a little of my enjoyment.

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