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Moon Shot: The Inside Story of America's Apollo Moon Landings by [Barbree, Jay, Shepard, Alan, Slayton, Deke]
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"Swashbuckling." --"The New York Times "" ""Breathtaking." --"Entertainment Weekly"" ""A must read . . . an insight into the wonders of space flight, yes. But more important, readers come to know Alan Shepard and Deke Slayton, and come to respect their courage and feel genuine affection for these two American heroes." --President George H. W. Bush "Gripping, authoritative . . . and skillfully told, this is the ultimate inside story of the U.S. space program. " --Walter Cronkite "From the early Cold War days of the Space Race through the beginnings of the 'thaw, ' "Moon Shot" comes alive." --Senator John H. Glenn

Swashbuckling. "The New York Times """ Breathtaking. "Entertainment Weekly""" A must read . . . an insight into the wonders of space flight, yes. But more important, readers come to know Alan Shepard and Deke Slayton, and come to respect their courage and feel genuine affection for these two American heroes. President George H. W. Bush Gripping, authoritative . . . and skillfully told, this is the ultimate inside story of the U.S. space program. Walter Cronkite From the early Cold War days of the Space Race through the beginnings of the thaw, "Moon Shot" comes alive. Senator John H. Glenn"

"Swashbuckling." --The New York Times "Breathtaking." --Entertainment Weekly "A must read . . . an insight into the wonders of space flight, yes. But more important, readers come to know Alan Shepard and Deke Slayton, and come to respect their courage and feel genuine affection for these two American heroes." --President George H. W. Bush "Gripping, authoritative . . . and skillfully told, this is the ultimate inside story of the U.S. space program. " --Walter Cronkite "From the early Cold War days of the Space Race through the beginnings of the 'thaw, ' Moon Shot comes alive." --Senator John H. Glenn

About the Author

As one of the original seven Mercury astronauts, Alan Shepard (1923-1998) became the first American in space on May 5, 1961, and a decade later took, with his partner Edgar Mitchell, the longest walk--two miles--on the moon before hitting a golf ball for miles and miles across the lunar landscape. Another Mercury astronaut, Deke Slayton (1924-1993) was meant to be the second American in Earth orbit, but was grounded because of an irregular heartbeat. He stayed on at NASA to supervise his fellow astronauts and was returned to flight status in 1972. In 1975, after sixteen years as head of the astronaut office, Slayton made it into space for the historic first docking of an American and a Russian spacecraft, a step that was a long stride on the road to end the Cold War. Jay Barbree (b. 1933) is the author of eight books and has been NBC's space correspondent since the birth of NASA. He shared an Emmy Award for NBC's coverage of Apollo 11's first landing on the moon, and is a recipient of NASA's highest medal for Exceptional Public Service.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3273 KB
  • Print Length: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Open Road Media (3 May 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004S2UAKG
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 12 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #46,736 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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What started out as a history of America's space race to the moon became something of a eulogy to two men, lapsing at times into something approaching schmaltz. In doing so it lost its drive and purpose and I became in a hurry to reach the end. Disappointing.
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interesting book
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A touching personal account of NASA's greatest triumphs told through the eyes of two people who lived and breathed it. Recommended.
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Not at all what I was expecting. So probably my fault for buying it, but this book is essentially a lot of anecdotal reminiscences from Alan Shepard and Deke Slayton filtered through a journalistic lens that insists on describing everything in airport lounge style novelistic terms.We get pages and pages of "Gee, thought Alan, this is really happening" stuff. Typical few lines, selected at random:

Alan Shepard girnned broadly at his wife. "Gets interesting sometimes doesn't it?"
She squeezed his hand. "Wow! I can do without heart-stopppers, thank you!"
He laughed. "The birds wouldn't dare. Not while we're on our way to see the president."

And so on and so one. I was hopping for a history book, factual, analytical, detailed. Maybe more than a couple of cursory pages about the Russians too. This is not that book.
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Excitingly-written and designed to grab the attention of the reader, and in that it succeeds. But it does so by inventing conversations, often creating events that never happened, and even uses a faked moon landing photo that is a composite. For excitement, I enjoyed it, it would have made a good novel. For accuracy, it really sucks. Read some of the much better books out there like "For Spacious Skies" and "A Man on the Moon" instead.
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By John Hopper VINE VOICE on 31 Aug. 2012
Format: Paperback
I really enjoyed this. Although it isn't actually written by Shepard and Slayton themselves, they were clearly the main focuses of the journalist author's writing. The quality of the writing was I thought very evocative and moving and really brought home the majesty and significance of the Apollo missions. Marvellous, stirring stuff. 5/5
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