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Moonshot: The Inside Story of Mankind's Greatest Adventure by [Parry, Dan]
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"Readers in a quest of a gripping and thoughtful paperback account should set their
coordinates for Dan Parry's Moonshot, which is far better written that your average
"accompanying the major television factual-drama" book." (Daily Telegraph)

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A thrilling and revealing account of one of the defining moments in human history - the 1969 moon landing

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 5058 KB
  • Print Length: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Ebury Digital (6 Oct. 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0031RDWFY
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars 30 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #179,288 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Paperback
For most of my childhood I wanted to be an astronaut. I only abandoned the idea when I eventually realised that I wasn't even American.

Reading Dan Parry's book may not have compensated entirely for my Earthbound career choice but it did at least bring me one step closer to understanding what life as an astronaut would have been like. Mr Parry's account of the Apollo programme is so throughly researched, so crammed with insider testimony and interesting detail, that you'll be convinced that he must have stowed away aboard the Eagle in '69.

This book revells in the details of the mission (I can now diagnose a 1201 alarm code, which will come in very handy next time I'm in a lunar module) but such trivia only serves to highten the reader's understanding and sense of being there. You certainly don't have to be a space geek to enjoy this book as Dan Parry never loses sight of the fact that this is a story of human endeavour, not rocket ships. His tension filled narrative encompases not only Apollo 11's famous crewmen, but their wives and those on the ground who rose to the challenge of sending men to the moon and returning them safely home.

A recommended, informative and enjoyable read.
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Last year I read a couple of Apollo-related books - the outstanding 'A Man on the Moon' by Andrew Chaikin (an anthology of every moon landing) and the riveting 'Moondust' (about the 'Moonwalkers') by Andrew Smith. These books more than satisfied my yearning for information about those amazing events and achievements. They were just great. My needs were satisfied, I moved on to reading other stuff.

So I got hooked up by the spirit of the 40th anniversary of the landings and felt I ought to get into it a bit more by reading another Apollo book. I chose Moon Shot because it seemed the most obvious title. But I had a few doubts - what could this book possibly add to the other two? I am a bit of a space buff, know my stuff etc., and I've read two top books that seemed to cover all the bases. So what could this one give me? Would I be bored and feeling that I was reading just a re-hash of what I already had read?

Well I need not have feared. In just the same way that the film Apollo 13 had the ability to hook you, suck you in, hold you spellbound and then drag you to an emotional climax (even though you knew the ending), this book grabs your attention and cleverly reels you in.

Dan Parry tells it ever so well. He intersperses chapters on the history of Apollo leading up to the landing with chapters on exactly what was going on in the spacecraft - each new chapter getting closer to the moon and the ultimate goal. I felt something of a 'timeline' going on - with a sense of building excitement, anticipation and trepidation.
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When We Left Earth: NASA Missions [DVD] [2008] [Region 1] [US Import] [[ASIN:B001BEK86A When We Left Earth: NASA Missions [Blu-ray] [2008] [US Import]

I was only 9 years old when man first landed on the moon. Forty years later I realised how little I actually knew about the Apollo 11 mission. Dan Parry's book `Moonshot' reads like a novel. It is the story of the men who made it to the moon, the technicians who backed them up and of those who perished in their efforts to make a moon landing possible. Despite being a page turner, Moonshot is packed with technical and historical detail. A quick search of the author's name reveals that he was a producer of Discovery Channel's `When We Left Earth: The NASA Missions' and researched the forthcoming History Channel / ITV drama `Moonshot'. He has immersed himself in his subject and it shows. Parry's easy style makes this book is an excellent read and it certainly plugged my knowledge gap.
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There have been many books written about the first moon landing since 1969 and you might wonder what's special about this one. It's not the most comprehensive or the most authoritative but it is probably the most readable and enjoyable.

Despite the fact that we all know the story and the ending, Dan Parry manages to make the narrative taught and compelling. There's plenty of technical detail in this book but only enough to help the reader understand exactly what's going on. Fantastically well researched; reading this book is the next best thing to being up there with them.

If you want to relive your childhood or learn more about this amazing feat, this book will not disappoint; it's written for everyone, not just for geeks. A welcome addition to the 40th anniversary celebrations.
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I thought this book was excellent - informative and concise, brilliantly written by Dan Parry, and generally a great read.

I was surprised to discover how little I actually knew about the moon landing before reading Moonshot, but through the events detailed and the descriptions of the different personalities involved, I now feel well-educated! Definitely a book worth buying.
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