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American Moonshot: John F. Kennedy and the Great Space Race (urspr publ 2019; utgåvan 2019)

av Douglas Brinkley (Författare)

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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. On May 25, 1961, JFK made an astonishing announcement: his goal of putting a man on the moon by the end of the decade. In this engrossing, fast-paced epic, Douglas Brinkley returns to the 1960s to recreate one of the most exciting and ambitious achievements in the history of humankind. American Moonshot brings together the extraordinary political, cultural, and scientific factors that fueled the birth and development of NASA and the Mercury, Gemini and Apollo projects, which shot the United States to victory in the space race against the Soviet Union at the height of the Cold War. Drawing on new primary source material and major interviews with many of the surviving figures who were key to America's success, Brinkley brings this fascinating history to life as never before. American Moonshot is a portrait of the brilliant men and women who made this giant leap possible, the technology that enabled us to propel men beyond earth's orbit to the moon and return them safely, and the geopolitical tensions that spurred Kennedy to commit himself fully to this audacious dream. Brinkley's ensemble cast of New Frontier characters include rocketeer Wernher von Braun, astronaut John Glenn and space booster Lyndon Johnson. A vivid and enthralling chronicle of one of the most thrilling, hopeful, and turbulent eras in the nation's history, American Moonshot is an homage to scientific ingenuity, human curiosity, and the boundless American spirit.… (mer)
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Titel:American Moonshot: John F. Kennedy and the Great Space Race
Författare:Douglas Brinkley (Författare)
Info:Harper (2019), Edition: Illustrated, 576 pages
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American Moonshot is a wonderful and detailed look at John F. Kennedy and the influence he had on the American space program. Douglas Brinkley weaves an exciting narrative around Kennedy, Wernher von Braun, Lyndon Johnson, and all of the astronauts, bureaucrats, engineers, and everybody else who was responsible to bring about the US Space program and to undertake Kennedy's bold vision of "landing a man on the moon and returning him safely to the Earth". Told generally chronologically, the early part of the book tells dual narratives of Kennedy and von Braun as well as the other early pioneers of rocketry. As World War II end the narrative switches to be more focused on Kennedy, first as a member of congress, then his campaign for president, and his presidency.

I really enjoyed this in depth look at the American space program. Many events were put in place before Kennedy became president, and maybe we would have eventually made it to the moon, but the drive, the passion, and the influence that Kennedy brought - not only to the public, but to the politicians and engineers - was really brought home for me. We've all heard the speeches (or at least the sound-byte) but to be able to pull back the curtain and see how everything happened - from the great speeches to the back-room deals - cast a light on one of the most important parts of space history. ( )
  GeoffHabiger | Dec 29, 2019 |
The politics behind the story.

A good recounting of much of the political machinations behind the American Moonshot. Not as detailed a story of the space program and science - more about Kennedy and the program. ( )
  mrklingon | Dec 3, 2019 |
Kennedy's passion and leadership served as the first stage of fuel for NASA's mission. Sadly, once his influence was spent, we never replaced his vision of the importance and impact of the space program in our daily lives. ( )
  lanewillson | Sep 14, 2019 |
Very interesting look at the US Space Program. This audio book lost 1 star on the ratings for the horribly mangled pronunciation of the German words, expressions etc. I know that with today's translating programs it is possible to hear the correct pronunciation before you read them into an audio book. ( )
  yukon92 | Aug 29, 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 this fascinating history to life as he turns the spotlight on the men and women who made this giant leap possible while exploring the technology and the political tensions of the time.

Readers will find much to appreciate in this living history that chronicles one of our nation’s most thrilling events as it pays homage to the scientists and engineers whose magnificent efforts embody the curiosity and spirit of America.

Highly recommended. ( )
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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. On May 25, 1961, JFK made an astonishing announcement: his goal of putting a man on the moon by the end of the decade. In this engrossing, fast-paced epic, Douglas Brinkley returns to the 1960s to recreate one of the most exciting and ambitious achievements in the history of humankind. American Moonshot brings together the extraordinary political, cultural, and scientific factors that fueled the birth and development of NASA and the Mercury, Gemini and Apollo projects, which shot the United States to victory in the space race against the Soviet Union at the height of the Cold War. Drawing on new primary source material and major interviews with many of the surviving figures who were key to America's success, Brinkley brings this fascinating history to life as never before. American Moonshot is a portrait of the brilliant men and women who made this giant leap possible, the technology that enabled us to propel men beyond earth's orbit to the moon and return them safely, and the geopolitical tensions that spurred Kennedy to commit himself fully to this audacious dream. Brinkley's ensemble cast of New Frontier characters include rocketeer Wernher von Braun, astronaut John Glenn and space booster Lyndon Johnson. A vivid and enthralling chronicle of one of the most thrilling, hopeful, and turbulent eras in the nation's history, American Moonshot is an homage to scientific ingenuity, human curiosity, and the boundless American spirit.

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