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As a kid I fell in love with the Apollo space program most likely because of Apollo 8. This was the first flight to the Moon but also the first one, we as kids, could watch it its entirety as anything broadcast occurred over that 1968 Christmas break. The author, Robert Kurson, really captures what it feels like to actually be there during training, at Mission Control, on the flight and with the families. The book is non-fiction but it's written like a novel with plenty of dialogue and the tension and excitement just leaps from the page. Kurson was the right man at the right time to write this just like the three astronauts were the perfect team for this historic mission to the Moon.
5.0 out of 5 starsReal insight into Apollo 8 mission
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on December 15, 2018
Great details on the 3 men involved and the risk taken with this mission; NASA were really asking these astronauts to put their lives on the line in order to beat the Ruskies! I found the book a real page turner (some of these accounts can be quite dry). Liked the fact that the wives and families were also described and how they coped with the public attention/stress. A great read.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 16, 2018
I know a lot about the Apollo 11 and 13 missions but without Apollo 8 these would not have happened. This is a great read that tells you more about the race to the moon and the particular stories of the brave astronauts who were the first to the moon.
Aus meiner Sicht beschreibt dieses Buch nicht nur die detaillierte und erfolgreiche Geschichte von Apollo 8, sondern auch die Zeit, in welcher dieses unglaubliche Vorhaben, gezwungenermassen, zum Erfolg geführt werden musste.
Even thou I not finished this book, I thought I could not wait to review what I read so far. It is a joy to turn theses pages about Apollo 8 and men behind it. I have learned so much background to this historic space mission that I didn't know, especially about the astronauts who were tasked with getting to the Moon. Mr Kurson has brought the story of Apollo 8 alive with focus on the human element. His insight into the fears of such a daring flight makes the book worthy of praise from thoses interested in manned spaceflight. In conclusion this is a book with humans at the centre, and just the technicalities of getting to our nearest cosmic neighbour. Apollo 8 does not get the credit it deserves. This tone goes a long way in readdressing that 50 years later. I truly look forward to reading to the very last page of "Rocket Men".
5.0 out of 5 starsA journey into far more than space.
Reviewed in the United States on April 6, 2018
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For me, Robert Kurson's latest brilliant narrative nonfiction is not just a behind-the-scenes exploration of NASA, nor even of the nip-and-tuck race between the Americans and Russians to be the first to explore the moon, but rather a journey into the hearts and minds of three extraordinary individuals, and in so doing, into our own. Kurson has taken his readers on both underwater and space adventures, all with riveting and compelling style. But as I read Rocket Men, I realized that the real journey Kurson was taking us on, perhaps even unwittingly, was into our own subconscious--into the question of what makes us all, in some measure or another, strive to explore against all odds of success, and often at great sacrifice, unchartered terrains. As I learned about Borman, Lovell and Anders, and their bravery, determination and devotion, I was left wondering what I would sacrifice for the chance to see my world from the outside looking in, and whether I would ultimately have the courage to do so.