American Moonshot by Douglas Brinkley audiobook

American Moonshot: John F. Kennedy and the Great Space Race

By Douglas Brinkley
Read by Stephen Graybill

HarperAudio 9780062655066

Unabridged

Format: Library CD (In Stock)
  • ISBN: 9780062894724

  • ISBN: 9780062894724

Runtime: 17.22 Hours
Category: Nonfiction/History
Audience: Adult
Language: English

Summary

Summary

New York Times bestseller

A #1 Amazon.com bestseller in History of Technology

A New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice

As the fiftieth anniversary of the first lunar landing approaches, the award winning historian and perennial New York Times bestselling author takes a fresh look at the space program, President John F. Kennedy’s inspiring challenge, and America’s race to the moon.

We choose to go to the Moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard; because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills, because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone, and one we intend to win.”—President John F. Kennedy

On May 25, 1961, JFK made an astonishing announcement: his goal of putting a man on the moon by the end of the decade. In this engrossing, fast-paced epic, Douglas Brinkley returns to the 1960s to recreate one of the most exciting and ambitious achievements in the history of humankind. American Moonshot brings together the extraordinary political, cultural, and scientific factors that fueled the birth and development of NASA and the Mercury, Gemini and Apollo projects, which shot the United States to victory in the space race against the Soviet Union at the height of the Cold War.

Drawing on new primary source material and major interviews with many of the surviving figures who were key to America’s success, Brinkley brings this fascinating history to life as never before. American Moonshot is a portrait of the brilliant men and women who made this giant leap possible, the technology that enabled us to propel men beyond earth’s orbit to the moon and return them safely, and the geopolitical tensions that spurred Kennedy to commit himself fully to this audacious dream. Brinkley’s ensemble cast of New Frontier characters include rocketeer Wernher von Braun, astronaut John Glenn and space booster Lyndon Johnson.

A vivid and enthralling chronicle of one of the most thrilling, hopeful, and turbulent eras in the nation’s history, American Moonshot is an homage to scientific ingenuity, human curiosity, and the boundless American spirit.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Prepare to recall what it was like to be inspired and thrilled by American greatness. Doug Brinkley recounts, with deep research and exciting narrative, the bold spirit and faith in innovation that was embodied in Kennedy’s decision to launch a mission to the moon. His vision restored a vitality to America, something we could use today.” Walter Isaacson, #1 New York Times bestselling author
“Riveting…Brinkley explores the complexities of politics, diplomacy, technology, and, perhaps most important, of human nature itself. This is a great book.” Jon Meacham, #1 New York Times bestselling author
“Brinkley fits the space program into a wider American social context. He also asks whether the program was worth the tens of billions it cost.” New York Times Book Review
American Moonshot transcends mere narrative to help the rest of us understand how America geared up for the astonishing feat…Brinkley’s focus on the all-important early days provides a valuable perspective.” Washington Post
“Brinkley’s story is a gripping one….Rice University scholar and an agile and prolific historian and biographer, Brinkley is well-situated to tell this story…Brinkley sees an important poignancy, and he renders it with real power.” Boston Globe
“A highly engaging history not just for space-race enthusiasts, but also students of Cold War politics….He’s mastered a great deal of the fact and lore surrounding the Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo projects that landed American astronauts on the moon fifty years ago.” Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

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Author

Author Bio: Douglas Brinkley

Author Bio: Douglas Brinkley

Douglas Brinkley, is an acclaimed historian and the multiple award-winning author of numerous New York Times bestsellers. The New York Historical Society has chosen him as their official US presidential historian, and the Chicago Tribune has called him “America’s New Past Master.” Among his numerous awards are the Sperber Prize, Benjamin Franklin Award, the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award, the Theodore and Franklin Roosevelt Naval History Prize, a Grammy Award, Arthur S. Link/Warren F. Kuehl Prize, and Business Week Book of the Year Award. He works in many capacities in the world of public history, including on boards, museums, colleges and historical societies.

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Details

Details

Available Formats : CD, Library CD
Category: Nonfiction/History
Runtime: 17.22
Audience: Adult
Language: English