Jump to Navigation

Rocket Men: The Daring Odyssey of Apollo 8 and the Astronauts Who Made Man's First Journey to the Moon (Hardcover)

Staff Pick Logo
Rocket Men: The Daring Odyssey of Apollo 8 and the Astronauts Who Made Man's First Journey to the Moon Cover Image
Usually Ships in 1-5 Days

Staff Reviews

Okay.  Fifty years ago, 1968.  Not a good year.  The Vietnam war was raging.  Mayor Daley and his henchmen in Chicago bludgeoned crowds at that year's Democratic Convention.  Martin Luther king was assassinated, as was Bobby Kennedy.  The Summer Olympic Games saw two on a medal stand with raised fists in a Black Power salute during the playing of The Stars Spangled Banner. And to boot, the Russians were aiming to send Cosmonauts to the Moon in an effort to stick their fingers into American eyes. 

America badly needed some good news. We clearly had the moon in our sights.  But the Apollo Program wasn't ready.  A year earlier, Apollo 1 with its crew was incinerated during a simulation on a launch pad. Apollo 7's crew suffered all kinds of problems with biomedical and other gear while in space. The calculations and systems needed to send a space craft to a location a quarter of a million miles away were simply not ready.  But "no" was  not in NASA's dictionary.  All systems turned to "Go!"And this book takes readers for a ride fifty years after the event that stunned the world.  The men.  Frank Borman, Jim Lovell, Bill Anders.  The women behind the men.  The angst.  The all too human "pee" and "puke" in a zero gravity environment.  Years later, Neil Armstrong called Apollo 8 "an enormously bold decision", while Christopher Columbus Kraft, head of Mission Control, claimed, "It took more courage to make the decision to do Apollo 8 than anything we ever did in the space program." So, here's your chance to relive the incredible thrills of doing the impossible for the first time. 

— Bob Wells


NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER - Perfect for Father's Day: the riveting inside story of three heroic astronauts who took on the challenge of mankind's historic first mission to the Moon, from the bestselling author of Shadow Divers.

"Robert Kurson tells the tale of Apollo 8 with novelistic detail and immediacy."--Andy Weir, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Martian and Artemis

By August 1968, the American space program was in danger of failing in its two most important objectives: to land a man on the Moon by President Kennedy's end-of-decade deadline, and to triumph over the Soviets in space. With its back against the wall, NASA made an almost unimaginable leap: It would scrap its usual methodical approach and risk everything on a sudden launch, sending the first men in history to the Moon--in just four months. And it would all happen at Christmas.

In a year of historic violence and discord--the Tet Offensive, the assassinations of Martin Luther King, Jr., and Robert Kennedy, the riots at the Democratic National Convention in Chicago--the Apollo 8 mission would be the boldest, riskiest test of America's greatness under pressure. In this gripping insider account, Robert Kurson puts the focus on the three astronauts and their families: the commander, Frank Borman, a conflicted man on his final mission; idealistic Jim Lovell, who'd dreamed since boyhood of riding a rocket to the Moon; and Bill Anders, a young nuclear engineer and hotshot fighter pilot making his first space flight.

Drawn from hundreds of hours of one-on-one interviews with the astronauts, their loved ones, NASA personnel, and myriad experts, and filled with vivid and unforgettable detail, Rocket Men is the definitive account of one of America's finest hours. In this real-life thriller, Kurson reveals the epic dangers involved, and the singular bravery it took, for mankind to leave Earth for the first time--and arrive at a new world.

Praise for Rocket Men

"In 1968 we sent men to the Moon. They didn't leave boot prints, but it was the first time humans ever left Earth for another destination. That mission was Apollo 8. And Rocket Men, under Robert Kurson's compelling narrative, is that under-told story."--Neil deGrasse Tyson

"Rocket Men is a timely and thrilling reminder of a heroic American achievement--three dashing astronauts and the first rendezvous with the Moon. It has it all--suspense, drama, risk, and loving families. We could use those days again."--Tom Brokaw

About the Author

Robert Kurson earned a bachelor's degree in philosophy from the University of Wisconsin and a law degree from Harvard Law School. His award-winning stories have appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Rolling Stone, and Esquire, where he was a contributing editor. He is the New York Times bestselling author of Shadow Divers, the 2005 American Booksellers Association's nonfiction Book Sense Book of the Year; Crashing Through, based on Kurson's 2006 National Magazine Award-winning profile in Esquire of the blind speed skier, CIA analyst, and entrepreneur Mike May; and Pirate Hunters. He lives in Chicago.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780812988703
ISBN-10: 0812988701
Publisher: Random House
Publication Date: April 3rd, 2018
Pages: 384
Language: English

Main menu 2

by Dr. Radut