American Moonshot

John F. Kennedy and the Great Space Race
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Author(s): Douglas Brinkley
Awards:2020-NonFiction-Longlist-Andrew Carnegie Medal,
2020-History-Winner-Audies,
New York Times Bestseller
CD - unabridged
Audio (15 discs)
Product Number: DD43004
Released: Apr 02, 2019
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ISBN: #9780062894724
Narrator/s: Stephen Graybill
Publisher: Harper Audio
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2020 Audie AwardsA WINNER - History/Biography 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. KennedyA??s inspiring challenge, and AmericaA??s race to the moon.A??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.A?A??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 AmericaA??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 earthA??s orbit to the moon and return them safely, and the geopolitical tensions that spurred Kennedy to commit himself fully to this audacious dream. BrinkleyA??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 nationA??s history, American Moonshot is an homage to scientific ingenuity, human curiosity, and the boundless American spirit.

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Author(s): Douglas Brinkley
Narrator(s): Stephen Graybill
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Released: Apr 02, 2019
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Publisher: HarperAudio
ISBN: #9780062865878
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Author(s): Douglas Brinkley
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Released: Apr 02, 2019
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ISBN: #9780062655080

Professional reviews

"Narrator Stephen Graybill's assured performance captures the author's focus on the space race and its part in the social and political complexities of the Cold War era. As the 50th anniversary of the first lunar landing approaches, American historian Douglas Brinkley celebrates the Kennedy administration's role in the nascent aerospace industry. Listeners gain renewed appreciation for the challenges and tenacious efforts involved as private and public sectors strove to beat Soviet Russia in going to the moon. Graybill's well-paced delivery presents grounded depictions of key figures, including President John F. Kennedy, Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev, and former Nazi rocket scientist Dr. Wernher von Braun. Listeners new to space history will find this engaging production of Brinkley's tribute to be a solid introduction. J.R.T. © AudioFile 2019, Portland, Maine"