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Rocket Men: The Epic Story of the First Men on the Moon

Nelson, Craig

Published by Viking, New York, 2009
ISBN 10: 0670021032 / ISBN 13: 9780670021031
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Title: Rocket Men: The Epic Story of the First Men ...

Publisher: Viking, New York

Publication Date: 2009

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition: Near Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine

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Fourth printing. Signed by the author on a Desert Literary Society bookplate on the front endpaper: "Craig Nelson." Book is tight, square, and unmarked; corners sharp, tail of spine lightly bumped. The dust jacket is not price-clipped (original price $27.95). Brodart protected. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 005371

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Synopsis: This is a pilgrimage into the unknown. On 20 July 1969, man set foot on the moon. Motivated by politics, faith, science and wonder, the Apollo 11 mission was the greatest technical achievement of all time. It was the culmination of over a decade's worth of money and effort from more than 400,000 staff and crew. "Rocket Men" follows the astounding story of the lunar project, beginning at its inception at the start of the Cold War and tracing it through to its finest hour with the first moon landing and the astronauts' safe return. Through extensive interviews with astronauts, NASA staff and their families and never-before published documents, Craig Nelson presents an awe-inspiring human account of the voyage that changed the course of history. He takes us behind the scenes at Mission Control to describe every detail of the mission, from the astronauts' moon excursion suits, which had five hundred parts and weighed no less than fifty pounds, to terrifying revelations, such as how Armstrong and Aldrin could have been left stranded on the moon when a vital switch snapped on the landing craft. "Rocket Men" is the inside story of one of the most perilous and rewarding undertakings in history.

About the Author: Craig Nelson is the author of The First Heroes and Thomas Paine, which won the 2007 Henry Adams Prize for the year's best book on history and government. His writing has appeared in many publications and he has been profiled in Variety, Interview, Publishers Weekly and Time Out. He lives in Greenwich Village, New York.

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