American Moonshot: John F. Kennedy and the Great Space Race

American Moonshot: John F. Kennedy and the Great Space Race

Instant New York Times Bestseller 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. Kennedy?s inspiring challenge, and America?s race to the moon. ?We choose to go to the Moon in this decade and do the other things, not becau Instant New York Times Bestseller As the fiftieth anniversary of the first lunar landing approaches, the...

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Title:American Moonshot: John F. Kennedy and the Great Space Race
Author:Douglas Brinkley
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Genres:History
ISBN:0062655086
Edition Language:English
Format Type:ebook
Number of Pages:576 pages pages

American Moonshot: John F. Kennedy and the Great Space Race Reviews

  • andrew
    Jul 01, 2019
    Brinkley's history of the American endeavor to achieve a manned expedition to the moon is one of a slew of moonshot related books published in this the 50th anniversary year of Apollo 11. For better or worse, what distinguishes this telling is its political (both national and internati...
  • Tom
    May 10, 2019
    Mostly a biography of JFK with respect to the moon race, so not exactly what I was expecting. For example, the last 5 years of the "Moonshot" after JFK's assassination are covered in the Epilogue, which was a little disappointing. But the book would have been over 1,000 pages if those ...
  • Will Byrnes
    Mar 16, 2019
    ?We choose to go to the moon--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 the challenge is one that we are w...
  • Ned Frederick
    Apr 18, 2019
    I have to confess, I strapped myself into American Moonshot, hoping for a high-flying sequel to Tom Wolfe?s, The Right Stuff...In other words a colorfully embellished but factual account that fleshes out Project Apollo the way Wolfe?s book colorized and narrated Project Mercury. Au...
  • Mark A Powell
    Jun 16, 2019
    As tensions between the USA and USSR mounted in the post-WWII era, a bold promise by newly-elected President John F. Kennedy shaped the world for a decade to come: America would put a man on the moon. Brinkley?s book is more of a presidential study on JFK than a recounting of the ...
  • Christian Neff
    Jun 15, 2019
    A highly enjoyable read, telling the story and Kennedy and NASA within the broader context of the time period. Digressions from the main topic are interestingly explored without going too far away from the story. Also, Brinkley is able to reflect with modern sensitivities on topics lik...
  • Scott Martin
    Jun 08, 2019
    (4.5 Stars) (Audiobook) This work, timed to come out on the heels of the 50th anniversary of the greatest moment in American Space history, this work attempts to get to the origin of the US Space Program, particularly the genesis of the drive to get Americans to the moon, mostly due to...
  • Tony
    Apr 29, 2019
    For what it is, this is a wonderful book. However, adjustment of expectation may be warranted. This book covers the early days of the space program in the context of U.S. and the world geo-political / Cold War landscape. It tracks technology advancements and political circumstances tha...
  • Brett Van Gaasbeek
    Jul 22, 2019
    This title jumped out at me from the library shelf, mostly due to the fact that we are celebrating the 50th anniversary of the moonshot. However, anyone looking to read this book should be mindful that it is not about the launch of Apollo 11. The voyage of Armstrong and Aldrin to the s...
  • Jim
    Apr 14, 2019
    Entertaining overview of the early days of the American Space Race with particular focus on the latter portion of the Eisenhower years and of course the Kennedy years. There's no doubt after reading this that the space race was steeped in a cold-war "beat the Russians" narrative. Much ...
  • Jim Gallen
    Jul 14, 2019
    ?America?s Moonshot? is a contemporary look back at the Race to the Moon of the 1960s with the focus on the role of President John F. Kennedy in its initiation and promotion. More presidential history than scientific, it illustrates the central role that the space Program played ...
  • Jonathan Jesse
    Jul 05, 2019
    A couple of thoughts about this book... 1: How come we haven't been back to the moon? Reading this book made me wonder about how we invented all this amazing technology to get us there. And yet here it is 45+ years since we last step foot on the moon. Imagine how much better the tri...
  • Matt
    Jul 15, 2019
    With the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing only a few days away, Douglas Brinkley?s latest book surrounding the early years of space exploration, seemed the perfect fit. Told as a loose biography of the race to get into space, Brinkley explores the two main camps vying f...
  • Jeff J.
    Apr 15, 2019
    Not exactly what I expected. It?s marketed as a commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the moon landing, and while it does cover the space program up to the moon landing, the real focus is on President Kennedy?s career and his contributions to the space program. It may not be fal...
  • Joan
    Apr 11, 2019
    The fiftieth anniversary of the first lunar landing inspires the acclaimed historian to take a fresh look at the American space program, at President John Kennedy?s inspiring challenge, and at the race to the moon. Drawing on new primary source material, Douglas Brinkley brings th...
  • KC
    May 15, 2019
    On July 20 1969, the country and the world watched as Astronaut Neil Armstrong walked on the moon's surface. Nearing the 50th anniversary of the first lunar landing, David Brinkley's latest novel reminds us of President John F. Kennedy's tireless and dedicated work towards space explor...
  • Ted Hunt
    May 21, 2019
    As part of the 50th anniversary commemoration of the July, 1969, touchdown on the moon, Douglas Brinkley has written a book about the origins and early stages of the American space program. The book begins with the earliest research and inventions in rocket technology, both inside the ...
  • Scott Kardel
    Apr 28, 2019
    American Moonshot is unlike all of the other books I have read about the space race in that it is largely centered on JFK and the politics behind our race to the Moon. Douglas Brinkley does an excellent job of telling the story and digging into the roots of the space race with events t...
  • Sandi
    Apr 06, 2019
    Great read I was,so always excited by this American space program wish it was still going ...
  • Tim Larison
    Jul 20, 2019
    I am writing this review on the day of the 50th anniversary of the moon landing. As a 13 year old in 1969 I watched every minute of the television coverage of this stupendous event. 50 years later the story of man?s first landing on the moon is still intriguing to me, and that?s wh...
  • Peter Mcloughlin
    Jun 16, 2019
    covers the history of the space program from earliest imaginings of Jules Verne in 1863 through the rocketry of Robert Goddard in the 1920s, Werner Von Braun and the Nazi V-2 during the second world war, and a big focus on the cold war especially the JFK and his role in the moonshot a...
  • Robert Foley
    Jun 04, 2019
    Since I was a kid I've had an odd passion for JFK and Space. When a book came out which combined the two and went over the history it was fantastic. I've read a lot about the two different subjects and found this book gave a lot more context on mix between the two. Overall, very very g...
  • Dave
    May 11, 2019
    I have mixed feelings about this book and would probably give it 3.5 rather than 4 stars. There is nothing wrong with Brinkley's writing or research. He brings the era and the people alive and makes you want to keep reading. But it almost seems that, after so much has been written abou...
  • Richard de Villiers
    Jun 22, 2019
    This is an incredibly well researched, elegantly written inspiring tale. Brinkley is a first rate writer and historian and he does not disappoint. In some respects this book begins as a dual biography of sorts. JFK, naturally, as one of the figures and Werner Von Braun is the other. As...
  • Frank
    Apr 23, 2019
    I listened to this on hoopla thanks to my local library. Excellent research and thoughtful writing. For a science book it sure had a wonderful human touch. The narration was also well done. I loved how the author wrapped things up in the epilogue. ...
  • Steve Majerus-Collins
    Apr 21, 2019
    Douglas Brinkley's new book on the space race is a decent read but nowhere near as wonderful as I both hoped and expected. I'm no expert on any of this, but I learned precious little and came away strangely unfulfilled, as if Brinkley had promised to show me something about my country ...
  • Alex Guiden
    Jul 19, 2019
    During these turbulent times, when American optimism for the future seems to be waning, there is no better book to read than this one. I finished this masterpiece on the eve of the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11 and felt rejuvenated about America?s future. This is a must read for anyo...
  • Maria Rose
    Apr 04, 2019
    As the author of this book, I vividly remember all those space programs, that we were able to watch on our TV's and heard live Neil Armstrong's proclamation--"That's one small step for (a) man, one giant leap for mankind". This book gives us a review of what steps it took to achieve th...
  • Gary
    May 04, 2019
    So my rating is 5 stars. Full disclosure if I was smart enough, I'd have been an astronaut. I was caught up in the excitement of launching rockets to propel mankind off the earth to explore space. have followed the space program throughout its history. I've been to Kennedy Space Cen...
  • Daniel
    May 18, 2019
    Excellent overview of NASA's early years and Kennedy's involvement. ...