American Moonshot Young Readers' Edition: John F. Kennedy and the Great Space Race

Version: Unabridged
Author: Douglas Brinkley , Winifred Conkling
Narrator: Stephen Graybill
Genres: North America, Science & Technology
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Published In: April 2019
# of Units: 4 CDs
Length: 4 hours, 45 minutes
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Overview

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.

Reviews (1)

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Written by James F. on December 31st, 2019

  • Book Rating: 3/5

American Moonshot is interesting, but could have been better. It's very heavy on politics and light on the science and technology. Strangely, the book climaxes with JFK's assassination. I expected more. The author relegates the moon landing to the epilogue as an after-thought, and largely ignores the events between November 1963 and July 1969. Still, it is enjoyable.

Author Details

Author Details

Brinkley, Douglas

Douglas Brinkley is a professor of history at Rice University and a contributing editor at "Vanity Fair". "The Chicago Tribune" has dubbed him "America's new past master." Seven of his books have been selected as "New York Times" Notable Books of the Year. "The Great Deluge", his account of Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath, won the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award. He lives in Texas with his wife and three children.