Shoot for the Moon by James Donovan audiobook

Shoot for the Moon: The Space Race and the Extraordinary Voyage of Apollo 11

By James Donovan
Read by Allan Robertson

Little, Brown & Company, Little, Brown 9780316341783

Unabridged

Format: Library CD (In Stock)
  • ISBN: 9781549148750

  • ISBN: 9781549178818

Runtime: 13.60 Hours
Category: Nonfiction/Science
Audience: Adult
Language: English

Summary

Summary

A Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year 

An Amazon Best Book of the Month in Nonfiction

An AudioFile Editors’ Pick of Books Celebrating the Moon Landing Anniversary

"This is the best book on Apollo that I have read. Extensively researched and meticulously accurate, it successfully traces not only the technical highlights of the program but also the contributions of the extraordinary people who made it possible." -Mike Collins, command module pilot, Apollo 11
When the alarm went off forty thousand feet above the moon's surface, both astronauts looked down at the computer to see 1202 flashing on the readout. Neither of them knew what it meant, and time was running out...
ON JULY 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first humans to walk on the moon. One of the world's greatest technological achievements-and a triumph of American spirit and ingenuity-the Apollo 11 mission was a mammoth undertaking involving more than 410,000 men and women dedicated to winning the space race against the Soviets. Set amid the tensions of the Cold War and the upheavals of the sixties, and filled with first-person, behind-the-scenes details, Shoot for the Moon is a gripping account of the dangers, the challenges, and the sheer determination that defined not only Apollo 11, but also the Mercury and Gemini missions that came before it. From the shock of Sputnik and the heart-stopping final minutes of John Glenn's Mercury flight to the deadly whirligig of Gemini 8, the doomed Apollo 1 mission, and that perilous landing on the Sea of Tranquility-when the entire world held its breath while Armstrong and Aldrin battled computer alarms, low fuel, and other problems- James Donovan tells the whole story.
Both sweeping and intimate, Shoot for the Moon is "a powerfully written and irresistible celebration" (Booklist, starred review) of one of humankind's most extraordinary feats of exploration.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“It was one of humankind’s greatest achievements, and here, perhaps for the first time, is the whole story, fastidiously reported and elegantly told.” Hampton Sides, New York Times bestselling author
This account reads like an adventure story. Columbus Dispatch
“Allan Robertson offers a smooth, solid narration. His generally even tone is suited to the work. But he alters that tone as needed to capture instances of drama, tragedy, humor, and historical importance without becoming cartoonish. With so many people involved, Robertson wisely chooses not to give each a distinctive voice. But the author clearly indicates quoted material, so there’s never a question as to who is speaking.” AudioFile
“Donovan combines his masterful research skills and narrative gifts in recounting the full story of the most famous Apollo trip…Donovan’s history is a powerfully written and irresistible celebration of the Apollo missions.” Booklist (starred review)
If you’re looking for telling of the manned space program’s story, you should start with James Donovan’s Shoot for the Moon. NPR
Exceptionally researched, this exciting, sometimes harrowing book highlights the work not only of the pioneering astronauts but also of thousands of technicians and engineers. This is a perfect volume to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the first lunar landing and all that led up to it. Publishers Weekly (starred)
Shoot for the Moon is a gripping account of the dangers, the challenges, and the sheer determination that defined not only Apollo 11, but also the Mercury and Gemini missions that came before it. BookPeople
“With a brilliant eye for detail and an elegant sense of historical narrative, Donovan’s Shoot for the Moon is sure to be a space-race classic.” Annie Jacobsen, New York Times bestselling author
“This is the best book on Apollo that I have read. Extensively researched and meticulously accurate, it successfully traces not only the technical highlights of the program but also the contributions of the extraordinary people who made it possible.” Mike Collins, command module pilot, Apollo 11

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Author

Author Bio: James Donovan

Author Bio: James Donovan

James Donovan is the author of three bestselling books of history, Shoot for the Moon: The Space Race and the Extraordinary Voyage of Appollo 11, The Blood of Heroes: The 13-Day Struggle for the Alamo—and the Sacrifice That Forged a Nation, and A Terrible Glory: Custer and the Little Bighorn—the Last Great Battle of the American West.

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Details

Details

Available Formats : CD, Library CD
Category: Nonfiction/Science
Runtime: 13.60
Audience: Adult
Language: English