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

  • 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...
  • Holly
    Apr 20, 2019
    Well written and highly enjoyable book about the American space program. It is fabulously researched and laid out, giving the reader real insight into the people who were part of this effort and the broader context into which it fit. As the book proceeds the focus is on JFK and his rol...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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 ...
  • Greg
    May 13, 2019
    There should be classes taught using this book. Some the things I found amazing were the people if congress, the White House, etc. actually had careers before moving into politics. They were business people or military or something. Unlike the group we have today that have not accompli...
  • 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...
  • Denis
    May 12, 2019
    This book told about the early days of the space program and what it took to commit to a moon landing. It would have been a much better book if the author wasn't so in awe of JFK. The glorifying descriptions of Kennedy was a distraction to the story ...
  • Sandi
    Apr 06, 2019
    Great read I was,so always excited by this American space program wish it was still going ...
  • Kerry Patton
    May 16, 2019
    I was one of those kids who followed every space flight, and wished I was up there myself. Douglas Brinkley puts it all in perspective, starting with the young men who set out to invent rocketry, through decades of tug-of-war between those focused on civilian uses and those who saw pri...
  • 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...
  • John Pehle
    May 02, 2019
    Douglas Brinkley has written an extensively researched and highly detailed accounting of the US lunar landing program. It is densely packed with names, dates, and events. The bulk of the book is devoted to the efforts of President Kennedy to define, stimulate, and protect the ?moonsh...
  • 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. ...
  • Pamela
    Apr 25, 2019
    Heard them talking about this on NPR so bought it when I got home. It had more politics than space than I prefer but I guess the title tells you that. And I've read so many space books, I probably don't really need that and probably I should be learning this stuff. ...
  • Charlie Shaw
    Apr 19, 2019
    A COMPLETE history of the American space program from Goddard until the moon landing. The arguments for and against the space program are presented during and after President Kennedy's term as president. Every character having the most minute effect on the space program, whether pro or...
  • Rebekah Bailey
    Apr 22, 2019
    Yeah, it's about the space program. However, I found it to be more of a thinly veiled review of Kennedy's political career. History does not come naturally to some of us, and requires the help of someone who can make it come alive. This author is not one of those people, and I found th...
  • Butch
    May 04, 2019
    Great book Having being born and growing up in this era the book gave new insight to political struggles to keep Americans space program alive. Sad to know that Obama would kill it later ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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...
  • Joseph
    Apr 14, 2019
    This is one of those books where you finish it and want to reread it right away. It was that good. Serving at once as both a biography of JFK and also a history of the space program, this book really delivers the goods on so many levels. The narrative is very engaging, the chapters are...
  • 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...
  • Barry Davidoff
    May 19, 2019
    Douglas Brinkley is one of the premier historians on twentieth century America. American Moonshot is an important contribution on the political context of the space race. Brinkley is definitely pro-Kennedy throughout the book. He traces Kennedy's rise to the Presidency and provides gr...
  • Daniel
    May 18, 2019
    Excellent overview of NASA's early years and Kennedy's involvement. ...
  • GarudaLead
    Apr 30, 2019
    This was the first book I read about NASA and the Moonshot and it was a great first book on the subject. It gives you great insight into Kennedy and his thoughts and motivations about the space race with. It gives you a solid backdrop with background on the birth of rocketry during WWI...
  • Edward Starr
    May 13, 2019
    I started reading this book and already read half. I really like this book. I recommend reading this book to every student. This is a very good example how to write narrative essay in a college. I would be glad if I read this book earlier. ...