Apollo 8

Apollo 8

The Thrilling Story of the First Mission to the Moon

Book - 2017
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Recounts the bold but dangerous mission to secure America's position as the first nation to reach the moon, revealing the dangers endured by its crew and the ways the mission brought renewal to a country ravaged by assassinations and war.
Publisher: New York : Henry Holt and Company, c2017
ISBN: 9781627798327
Branch Call Number: 629.454 Klug
Characteristics: 307 pages, [16 unnumbered pages of plates] : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm
Alternative Title: Apollo eight


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VaughanPLDavidB Nov 09, 2018

While I certainly enjoyed reading the details of the development of the American space program leading to the flight of Apollo 8, I wish the author would have dwelt less on the family lives of the three astronauts as I was not much interested, despite the media's obsession with them at the time. I certainly could not have cared less about how Frank Borman and Jim Lovell proposed to their wives.

Dec 11, 2017

Will be most appropriate to those people who have some knowledge of the Apollo program and its personnel. I did not enjoy the author's mid-20th Century style of writing, but that is purely a personal preference and should not deter others from reading this book. Tom Wolfe approaches similar matter more entertaining in The Right Stuff.

Sep 09, 2017

Well written review of the background of the Apollo 8 mission to the moon, the personalities involved, and the actual trip. Could be the most definitive book on the mission.

Aug 22, 2017

Well written and makes a great companion to Apollo 13 by the same author. If you are a space buff the jargon will not intimidate you. Apollo 8 was a landmark mission which was overshadowed by Apollo 11 and Apollo 13.

I was in kindergarten when this mission took place but the Apollo missions are still keen in my mind as some of my earliest memories. This book enabled me to better appreciate those missions and the people involved in making them a success. Quickly paced with loads of detail (but not overly technical), this book should delight space buffs and and fans of human adventure alike.

From the Author's Note, Kluger cites the following as helpful sources and interesting reads themselves:

- Countdown by Frank Borman
- A Man on the Moon by Andrew Chaikin
- Rockets and People by Boris Chertok
- Carrying the Fire by Michael Collins
- Flight by Chris Kraft
- Failure is Not an Option by Gene Kranz
- Genesis by Robert Zimmerman
- Apollo 8 by NASA (official mission reports)


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