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Chasing the Moon

by Robert Stone, Alan Andres

Chasing the Moon Synopsis

In a world divided by the ideological struggles of the Cold War, the Vietnam War and the Civil Rights Movement, more than one-fifth of the people on the planet paused to watch the live transmission of the Apollo 11 mission. To watch as humanity took a giant leap forward. A companion book to the landmark documentary series on BBC TV. The journey from Cape Canaveral to the Moon was a tremendous achievement of human courage and ingenuity. It was also a long, deadly march, haunted by the possibility of catastrophic failure on the world's stage. In an era when the most advanced portable computer weighed 70 pounds, had a 36-kilobite memory and operated on less power than a 60-watt lightbulb, the sheer audacity of the goal is breath-taking. But the triumph of imagination and the unity of the Earth that day would change the world. Based on eyewitness accounts and newly discovered archival material, Chasing the Moon reveals the unknown stories of the individuals who made the Moon landing a possibility, from inspirational science fiction writer Arthur C. Clark and controversial engineer Wernher von Braun, to pioneers like mathematician Poppy Northcutt and astronaut Edward Dwight. It vividly revisits the dawn of the Space Age, a heady time of scientific innovation, political calculation, media spectacle, visionary impulses and personal drama.

Chasing the Moon Press Reviews

'If you think you know all that is important about the Apollo moon landings, you would be wrong. In Chasing the Moon, Robert Stone and Alan Andres offer scintillating stories both great and small.' Roger D. Launius, former chief historian of NASA '[The Moon Landing] was one of the most amazing achievements in human history. And now we have a book worthy of the grand endeavor.' William Martin, New York Times bestselling author of Cape Cod and Bound for Gold 'Chasing the Moon is rich, lively, and deeply human' Richard Rhodes, Pulitzer Prize- and National Book Award-winning author of Energy: A Human History 'Chasing the Moon tells the story I've lived for most of my life. From my testing of the lunar module on Apollo 9 to my hopes for the future as we celebrate Apollo's fiftieth anniversary, it's all there, and told through the personal experiences of the people who lived it. Some of it familiar, some never told before, this is a very human account of a truly historic moment as humankind emerges into the larger cosmos.' Russell 'Rusty' Schweickart, astronaut, Apollo 9 'A fascinating and enjoyable read ... Meticulously researched and definitively detailed, this book is a must-have for anyone who wants to understand why and how Apollo happened.' James Burke, former BBC-TV science correspondent 'Engaging' The Space Review 'Breathtaking ... A brisk narrative, deft anecdotes, and abundant illustrations enliven a well-researched history' Kirkus 'Chasing the Moon's novel approach to its topic - telling the story of Apollo against a rich backdrop of diverse characters - helps it stand out head and shoulders above the rest' National Space Society 'Makes the tale of Apollo 11 seem richer and more relevant than ever' The Washington Post

Book Information

ISBN: 9780008307882
Publication date: 23rd July 2020
Author: Robert Stone, Alan Andres
Publisher: William Collins an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 384 pages
Categories: Astronomy, space & time, Popular astronomy & space, History of science,

About Robert Stone, Alan Andres

Robert Stone is an Academy Award- and Emmy- nominated producer, director, writer and editor of unique, critically acclaimed feature-documentaries about American history, pop culture, mass media and the environment. His most recent feature documentary, Pandora's Promise, premiered at Sundance Film Festival in 2013. Stone's work has been screened and won awards at dozens of international film festivals and he has given talks at dozens of universities throughout the United States, Australia and Europe. He is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Directors Guild of America, Writers Guild of America and the Television Academy.

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