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

  • Mary
    Jul 17, 2019
    Terrific book. Brinkley is a wonderful writer. I read his book about Theodore Roosevelt and all he did to preserve significant sections of our country as National Parks and wildlife habitats. This book follows the develop of the space program. Having been a JFK fan, for many years ...
  • David
    Jul 19, 2019
    Great book about the Apollo project using JFK?s biography as the centerpiece. The book is a wonderful antidote to today?s cynicism and divisiveness. The book also reminds us of JFK?s leadership, enthusiasm, accomplishments and failures (professional and personal). We live in a wo...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Beth
    Jul 26, 2019
    Over all, too long. and although the errors felt minor in the grand schemem of things, it felt ruched to publication. I do not regret reading it, just feel it could have been better ...
  • Lynn
    Aug 21, 2019
    Great Account Of President Kennedy and The Space Race This is my favorite account of the Space Race and President JFK 's involvement in it. As a representative and senator, Kennedy always decried Eisenhower's lack of interest in rockets and space travel. He befriended a former Nazi ...
  • 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...
  • ZSR Library
    Aug 09, 2019
    The footprints are still on the moon half a century since Neil Armstrong stepped from the lunar landing vehicle and Walter Cronkite on CBS gasped ?man on the moon?. The wonder, people, politics and earthshaking awe of the improbable quest are expertly described in this new study ri...
  • Bethany
    Jul 24, 2019
    This was really excellent. It?s not a thorough bio of Kennedy, just a look at him in relation to the space program. The other major players (von Braun, the astronauts, LBJ, Jackie, etc) appear mostly in the context of JFK/space tech development with only brief backstories (except von...
  • Maree
    Jul 14, 2019
    Long read, but rewarding. A great interplay of the various aspects at play in the moonshot, and how they all caused the stars to align for the US to make it to the moon. It very much stresses the political and world stage rather than the technology needed to get there, which is an inte...
  • 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 ...
  • Patricia
    Jul 20, 2019
    I timed my reading of this book to complete it on July 20, the anniversary of the moon landing. I learned a lot about the Mercury program, a bit less about the Gemini program and coverage of the Apollo missions was incredibly brief, so that was disappointing. But the book is about Kenn...
  • Audrey
    Aug 28, 2019
    I expected this book to be solely about Apollo 11 with little about how it came to be. I was pleasantly surprised by the detailed timeline of the space program as well as the politics behind the space race. Above all, it gives credit where credit is due to JFK, the scientists, engineer...
  • 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...
  • Paul Elliott
    Jul 27, 2019
    Interesting historical overview of the build-up to the first moon landing. I found the political background fascinating (how Kennedy used the space race to win an election), as well as the role of German-born scientists in the American space program. ...
  • Brian Willis
    Jul 30, 2019
    A truly great overview of the technological advances and political willpower needed to put Americans on the moon. The second half of the title is the most relevant. This is a Presidential biography of JFK filtered through the motivations and personality traits that led him to call for,...
  • 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. ...
  • Sherry Sharpnack
    Jul 28, 2019
    Douglas Brinkley is an historian at Rice University and a pre-eminent scholar of US Presidents. This is the first book of his that I have read, but it won?t be the last. (In fact, I have his ?Cronkite? sitting in my bookcase, waiting to be read.). Of course, I read this book to c...
  • 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...
  • Andy Page
    Jun 19, 2019
    A great book on President Kennedy?s politics behind the development of NASA. I recommend this book to anyone interested in a deeper look at the space program than Apollo 13 or Apollo 11 affords. Especially this year as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11. ...
  • Daniel
    May 18, 2019
    Excellent overview of NASA's early years and Kennedy's involvement. ...