Recommended Reads - National Moon Day

In celebration of the anniversary of the first manned moon landing explore these recommended reads.

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

by Douglas Brinkley

“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. It 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.”

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Shoot for the Moon: The Space Race and the Extraordinary Voyage of Apollo 11

by Jim Donovan

“Set amid the tensions of the Cold War and the upheavals of the sixties, and filled with first-person, behind-the-scenes details, [this] is a gripping account of the dangers, the challenges, and the sheer determination that defined not only Apollo 11, but also the Mercury and Gemini missions that came before it. From the shock of Sputnik and the heart-stopping final minutes of John Glenn's Mercury flight to the deadly whirligig of Gemini 8, the doomed Apollo 1 mission, and that perilous landing on the Sea of Tranquility--when the entire world held its breath while Armstrong and Aldrin battled computer alarms, low fuel, and other problems--James Donovan tells the whole story."--Dust jacket.

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Apollo's Legacy: Perspectives on the Moon Landings

by Roger D. Launius

“The Apollo missions marked the first time human beings left Earth's orbit and visited another world, and thus they loom large in our collective memory. Many have detailed the exciting events of the Apollo program, but Launius offers unique insight into its legacy as seen through multiple perspectives. Throughout the book, Launius weaves in stories from important moments in Apollo's history to draw readers into his analysis. Apollo's Legacy is a must-read for space buffs interested in new angles on a beloved cultural moment and those seeking a historic perspective on the Apollo program.”

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Spacefarers: How Humans Will Settle the Moon, Mars, and Beyond

by Christophyer Wanjek

“While many books have speculated on the possibility of living beyond the Earth, few have delved into the practical challenges or plausible motives for leaving the safe confines of our home planet. Christopher Wanjek argues that there is little doubt we will be returning to the Moon and exploring Mars in the coming decades, given the potential scientific and commercial bonanza.” -- Provided by publisher.

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Reaching for the Moon

by Roger D. Launius

“At the dawn of the space age, technological breakthroughs in Earth orbit flight were both breathtaking feats of ingenuity and disturbances to a delicate global balance of power. In this short book, aerospace historian Roger D. Launius concisely and engagingly explores the driving force of this era: the race to the Moon. Beginning with the launch of Sputnik 1 in October 1957 and closing with the end of the Apollo program in 1972, Launius examines how early space exploration blurred the lines between military and civilian activities, and how key actions led to space firsts as well as crushing failures…to highlight key actions that led to various successes, failures, and ultimately the American Moon landing.”

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Chasing the Moon: The People, the Politics, and the Promise that Launched America into the Space Age

by Robert Stone

“In 1961, President John F. Kennedy proposed the nation spend twenty billion dollars to land a man on the Moon before the end of the decade. Based on eyewitness accounts and newly discovered archival material, chasing the Moon reveals for the first time the unknown stories of the fascinating individuals whose imaginative work across several decades culminated in America's momentous achievement. More than a story of engineers and astronauts, the moon landing--now celebrating its fiftieth anniversary--grew out of the dreams of science fiction writers, filmmakers, military geniuses, and rule-breaking scientists.”

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The Book of the Moon: A Guide to Our Closest Neighbor

by Maggie Aderin-Pocock

“In this unique celebration of the moon, lunar expert and space scientist Dr. Maggie Aderin-Pocock takes readers on a journey through the moon's past, present and future. She uncovers the way the moon has captured our imaginations, contemplates how it was formed, and uncovers why we need the moon to protect our fragile earth.”

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One Giant Leap: The Impossible Mission that Flew Us to the Moon

by Charles Fishman

“More than fifty years later, One Giant Leap is the sweeping, definitive behind-the-scenes account of the furious race to complete one of mankind's greatest achievements. It's a story filled with surprises--from the item the astronauts almost forgot to take with them (the American flag), to the extraordinary impact Apollo would have back on Earth, and on the way we live today.”

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Apollo to the Moon: A History in 50 Objects

by Teasel E. Muir-Harmony

“Bold photographs, fascinating graphics, and engaging stories commemorate the 20th century's most important space endeavor- NASA's Apollo program to reach the moon. From the lunar rover and a survival kit to space food and moon rocks, it's a carefully curated array of objects--complete with intriguing back stories and profiles of key participants.”

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The Book of the Moon

by Rick Stroud

“To celebrate the fortieth anniversary of man's first steps on the moon, a visually striking cornucopia of everything worth knowing about our closest neighbor in space.”

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