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Dark Side of the Moon: The Magnificent Madness of the American Lunar Quest Paperback – November 1, 2006
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The shocking aspect of the book is that the author of this "history" relies on an Apollo mission to the moon that never took place as part of his argument that Apollo was an ill conceived rush to the moon. DeGroot believes that Apollo astronauts made three trips to the moon prior to the Apollo 11 moon landing mission, thus making even the Apollo 11 flight to the moon "routine." Showing his lack of knowledge of what actually happened in the Apollo program, DeGroot writes on pages 230-231 -
"For NASA, Apollo 8 provided valuable confirmation that the package which would take Americans to the Moon actually worked. Apollo 9 then took on the original profile of Apollo 8, except for the fact that, given the earlier mission's success, there seemed little point in testing the lunar module in Earth orbit. The crew of James McDivitt, David Scott, and Rust Schweickart therefore went to the Moon. After the command module separated from the spent rocket, the crew turned it around and then docked with the lunar module, which was still enclosed in Saturn's final stage.Read more ›
He begins with the appropriate concern that Apollo has taken on mythical qualities, and is remembered with nostalgia for a time long gone. Such a situation begs for an antidote, and apparently DeGroot considers himself just the person to deliver it. Questioning the reasons for the Apollo program, as well as the execution and results of it, DeGroot presents a poorly researched book--based almost exclusively on secondary materials, and then even missing many of the most significant of those works--with an excessively over-the-top thesis that is both indemonstrable and ineffectively argued. While I believe it is appropriate to criticize aspects of the history of space age, responsible criticism grounded in the historical record should always inform it.Read more ›
Two stars for making me look up some of the early history of the space race, but otherwise you can save your time and money. Wolfe's The Right Stuff covered the fallibility of the astronauts a lot better, and the excellent HBO series From the Earth to the Moon, though extremely pro-NASA, presents varied views, including the effects of the space program on the astronauts' families, with much more impact that DeGroot does.
However, one only has to look at a Feb 25, 2009 published "commentary" that appeared in the Telegraph (UK) newspaper at: [...]
In it, he concludes with the following statement: "But the final word goes to Eisenhower, who once vetoed Apollo. He reminded Americans that "every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed".
In reality, the actual quote attributed to President Eisenhower that Gerard DeGroot manipulates to suit his position is, in reality, a completely different message which has nothing to do with Project Apollo specifically, or the space program in general, but rather the penalties of war: "Every gun that is fired, every warship launched, every rocket fired, signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed. The world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children."
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Finally a book that takes a contrarian position against commonly held myths, propagana, and science fiction. Read morePublished on June 7, 2009 by D. Hansen
I was surprised to find several factual errors in a book written by an academic. That's actually quiet unacceptable for somebody in his position and I wish he had done a bit more... Read morePublished on July 21, 2008 by Michael Korntheuer
The author writes entertainingly and well. The quotations and excerpts from the very early days of research into space are interesting, particularly the predictions made back then... Read morePublished on May 1, 2008 by rbnn
DeGroot delivers and engaging piece of revisionist history that all supporters of manned space flight should read. Read morePublished on April 13, 2008 by S. Maire
The author obviously did not do the basic research required (Apollo 9 did NOT go to the Moon), and obviously has made it his mission to deflate any sense of American... Read morePublished on May 25, 2007 by skyguy