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The US was lagging behind the Russians in all aspects of the space race - the Russians had put the first human in space, performed the first spacewalk, and had their eyes firmly set on the moon.
Meanwhile, NASA was having issues with their massive and complicated space vehicle, the Saturn V, which was designed to carry the first astronauts to the moon.
With intelligence coming back of an impending Russian mission to send cosmonauts to a lunar orbit, NASA gambled and decided to push Apollo 8 forward, despite the fact that engines malfunctioned during the unmanned Apollo 6 test flight.
There was a lot of hand wringing at NASA as the apex of the Apollo 8 mission would take place over Christmas and if something went wrong at the moon or before and the astronauts did not return, many would look at the moon differently and would remember Christmas with a heavy heart from that year forward.
Rocket Men contains a lot of biographical information about the three astronauts before and after Apollo 8, not just what they went through during the mission.
The reader also gets to know their wives, which I though was pretty neat, because they went through so much while their husbands trained and flew their missions.
I remember watching as much as I could of the subsequent missions, though. The Saturn V is an amazing sight, and still the most powerful machine ever made.
I am nuts about all things space. But there is so much more to this book than just a space mission. Take time to read the Sources section at the end of the book.
He also spend days with then NASA Flight Director Chris Kraft, interviewed anyone connected with Apollo 8 still alive to get the full story, and pored over many once-secret declassified documents.
The detail in the book is a testament to the amount of research carried out. Apollo 8 is truly a great story of boldly venturing in to the unknown along the lines of other monumental quests like climbing Everest, sailing across the Atlantic for the first time, or traveling to the poles for the first time.
View all 5 comments. Nov 17, Jason rated it it was amazing. Rocket Men: The Daring Odyssey of Apollo 8 is a very compelling narrative history of the first and very risky journey of man leaving earth to orbit the moon.
Kurson, like in his previous work, Shadow Divers, delves deeply into the context of a singular event, and makes the unique fit into the larger history.
While appropriate attention is devoted to their three families back in Houston, events in Rocket Men: The Daring Odyssey of Apollo 8 is a very compelling narrative history of the first and very risky journey of man leaving earth to orbit the moon.
While appropriate attention is devoted to their three families back in Houston, events in Mission Control and a couple chapters to set the historical scene of the tumultuous in the United States, most of the text of this book takes place within the 11 x 13 sq foot space of the Apollo 8 command module.
Even within that confined capsule, that traveled a quarter million miles, and with an outcome that is well known, the intensity of the flight, it's risky and aggressiveness and world historical importance are told with full impact.
The admiration the author has for the crew is clear. The respect he has for their families and ground control teams comes through well enough.
He does perhaps hit on a bit too often the risks involved with the engines, and the lunar orbit insertion and extraction burns.
That said, the he has written in a way that the reader can be the fourth member of the crew, understanding why events and decisions happened the way they did.
Kurson draws on great secondary sources, but the strength of this book is his access and extensive interviews of the three crew members and their families.
Due to their age, this book may be the last time their full story can be told this way and so well. Each of the three astronauts, who later achieved success in the corporate world, goes to great lengths to show the love and connection they had and still have with their families and especially their spouses.
As a the fifty year anniversary of this mission is approaching, reliving the important events of Apollo 8 for a new generation is very important.
As a narrative history, Rocket Men is quite enjoyable and a page turner. It is highly recommended. Feb 24, Christopher rated it really liked it Shelves: non-fiction , space-apollo-program , space , own-yes , read-no , space-moon.
Short version: Wow, what a surprise. To space fans, Apollo 8 is probably the least celebrated of the great spaceflights of the cold war.
There wasn't a book devoted to covering the flight until Short version: Wow, what a surprise. There wasn't a book devoted to covering the flight until Zimmerman published his trailblazing book in , thirty years after the fact.
Amazingly, it was nearly another twenty years before Kluger's book arrived in Kluger is an outstanding writer, and I think his efforts on Lost Moon made it one of the best books about the Apollo program.
With Apollo 8 , it seemed to me that Kluger had written the definitive book about Apollo 8. Kluger wrote elegantly and authoritatively, and he tells the story almost through the eyes of the astronauts themselves.
What more needed to be said about this event? But as we sometimes learn, a new perspective can be refreshing, even when we think the last word may have been spoken about a particular subject.
In , a new book about Apollo 8 was unexpected, especially from a writer whose skills did not appear to be in aerospace. I found Rocket Men by a happy accident during a search on Amazon, and I automatically knew I needed to have it.
Robert Kurson was a bestselling author, but I didn't know anything about him or the book he wrote, Shadow Divers.
It was with that skepticism that began reading Rocket Men. It initially did nothing to allay my fears. First, I groused about the title, which I felt was too broad and undescriptive.
Rocket Men also happens to be the title of an earlier and lesser book about the Apollo program, so the chance of confusion was possible.
What author wants to title their book after an earlier, undistinguished book about the same subject? Kurson was losing me right from the gate.
What quiet engineer contemplates saving the world? This did not seem like the behavior of George Low, one of the architects of the Apollo program.
What a melodramatic way to begin a book, I kept thinking. As Kluger accurately described in his book, the crew that would eventually become Apollo 8—Frank Borman, James Lovell, and William Anders—were originally slated for a high earth orbit mission on Apollo 9.
This is an important change, and all it needs is a short explanation of before and after. The reader might naturally believe it's a typo on page 9.
Elsewhere, there are a few minor errors of fact. In one instance, Kurson describes the launch of Sputnik 1 in as having taken place at the Baikonur Cosmodrome—although the launch complex was not known by that name until many years later.
In the s it was known merely as a missile test range near Tyuratam. And how about that those skillsets arguably vaulted the US space program ahead of the Soviets by that point?
To understand how Apollo came to be, I think it must be said why Gemini was important in laying the groundwork.
And then came my outrage of the book. Kraft is certainly referring to a specific point in the Apollo 8 planning, when a December mission date was contemplated but not yet committed.
By the time Kurson tells this story, Slayton had already swapped Apollo 8 and 9, and Apollo 8 was designated a lunar mission with a known December window.
So why would there be any question about lunar positions and trajectories? Because there wouldn't be. Kurson inserted this story too late, and it should have taken place when the change was being discussed in August.
I'll freely admit that I'm nitpicking heavily on some of this. But that's what I do with any space book. As I begin reading space history books by unfamiliar authors, my bullshit radar is always locked on.
Likewise, I'm also looking for positives that set books and authors apart from others. No difference here.
All of these goals were extremely hazardous, and potentially catastrophic. Apollo 8 would be by far the riskiest and most complex mission of the US space program to that point.
That realization was not lost on James Webb. To his credit, he deferred to his colleagues and allowed the plan to proceed.
Webb was wary of the great risks involved in the mission, and he may have felt betrayed that he was kept out of the loop on decisions such as the configuration of Apollo 8 as a lunar mission.
In several stretches, Kurson shares that there was some pessimism about scheduling Apollo 8 during the Christmas season. That was potentially a very heavy burden to carry into retirement.
It probably would have crushed him. In another interesting section, Kurson highlights that it was Frank Borman who was the key figure who trimmed the number of lunar orbits down to just ten i.
He figured the longer they stayed away from earth, the more the chance for failure. Borman also fought other, lesser battles as well, including his refusal to allow a TV camera on the flight a battle which he lost.
Like all single-mission histories, Rocket Men features the requisite chapter-long bios of the crewmembers. Kurson did his homework here, as well.
All of the bios include some information either not widely shared or never before. I also came away with an even fuller understanding of—and maybe even an appreciation for—Borman's tightly wound, no-nonsense personality.
Another deeply reported section—also not mentioned in the other Apollo 8 books—describes the evening before launch day. After the crew spent time with Charles and Anne Morrow Lindbergh, Anders had several guests of his own, including his childhood priest.
As the visit continued, Borman—tense in the hours ahead of launch—snapped at Anders for the perceived distraction, and then apologized for his outburst.
Kurson takes his time, imparting a number of interesting details. Not long after, he even notes that the red alloy rings were for output and the blue rings were for input—not the usual stuff most Apollo books repeat ad infinitum.
One of my pet peeves about space books is authors' tendencies to summarize the pre-launch, launch, and post launch phases into disappointingly few pages.
If I remember correctly, Zimmerman's book summarized the Apollo 8 launch in a flimsy three pages. Launch is one of the greatest fascinations of rocket flight, but sadly, not many writers get it right.
Here, it was surprising and satisfying to finally read an author expounding upon this central subject. Kurson manages to weave many different elements into a fast-moving narrative, and gets into a good amount of detail.
He emphasizes the rough ascent of the Saturn V rocket and notes several times how terrifically loud it was in the command module. Still, Borman kept his hand steady at the abort handle, and when the third stage engaged, Borman reported the problem had safely passed.
To be completed. Sep 12, Carly Friedman rated it it was amazing Shelves: nfbc-brs-and-botms , audiobooks , because-science.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book! Kurson did an amazing job describing multiple aspects of the Apollo 8 mission.
We also learn about how they were selected, the training and other preparation for the mission, and their wives and families. I loved the chapters that summarized the political and social environment during that time period.
The description of the mission had me on the edge of my seat I thoroughly enjoyed this book! The description of the mission had me on the edge of my seat from takeoff to their return on earth.
Kurson interviewed the astronauts and thus the level of detail is amazing. Highly recommended! I genuinely look forward to reading more by this author.
Dec 01, Ben rated it liked it Shelves: space. The story of Apollo 8, the first manned trip to and around the Moon. For example, Bill Anders took his famous Earthrise photo in orbit around the Moon.
There's very little new information here, but it is a good story. Kurson's angle seems to have been to interview each of the astronauts and their families, so we hear about their thoughts, and family and marital problems.
That's fine. There are extended biographical sketches of each astronaut. The book gives a good sense of the atmosphere for the The story of Apollo 8, the first manned trip to and around the Moon.
The book gives a good sense of the atmosphere for the astronauts and their families. Kurson also includes short summaries of current events.
Even though this is obviously just filler, to bulk the book up, I appreciated the context. The astronaut hero worship is still tiresome.
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Doctor Who Magazine. First Doctor audio dramas. Quinnis Hunters of Earth. The Revenants. And it would all happen at Christmas. In this real-life thriller, Kurson reveals the epic dangers involved, and the singular bravery it took, for mankind to leave Earth for the first time—and to arrive at a new world.
A gripping book. Fans of explorers and adventurers will enjoy this vibrant, accessible history. This is the story of their mission, told in cinematic detail.
The story of the dangerous mission that laid the ground for the Moon landing has not been told in such detail until now. Rocket Men is as good as it gets.