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Moon Shot: The Inside Story of America's Race to the Moon Paperback – March 1, 1995
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Shepard and the late Slayton, two of the original Mercury astronauts, here team up with two veteran space reporters to produce a firsthand account of the space program's early days. The narrative is at its best when it focuses on the astronauts' flight experiences-Shepard's brief Mercury flight, his lunar landing mission ten years later, and Slayton's long-delayed trip into space aboard the last Apollo mission in 1975. On the down side, its use of re-created conversations that pass as exposition weaken the narrative, making it sound more like a screenplay prospectus than a space history. For example, it is doubtful that John Glenn had to explain to his fellow astronauts what the Saturn launch vehicle was. One comes away wishing for more insight into what it was like to walk on the moon and less about the astronauts' pranks and peccadillos. Still, with the book's publication timed to coincide with this July's 25th anniversary of the first manned lunar landing, this title may see some demand.
--Thomas Frieling, Bainbridge Coll., Ga.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
It's hard to believe, but most teens and people in their early twenties don't remember Americans walking on the moon. This book, written lovingly by two of the most respected astronauts in U.S. history, will remedy that. Journalists Jay Barbree and Howard Benedict organized the material, and they portray Shepard and Slayton as two close friends who shared the dream of many children of the 1960s: to fly in outer space. Sadly, Shepard, after becoming the first American in space in a mere hour's trip, developed inner ear problems that prevented him from going back, and Slayton's irregular heartbeat kept him from going at all. Meanwhile, President Kennedy escalated the space race to get a leg up on the Russians. Despite covering some of the same ground as Tom Wolfe's The Right Stuff, Shepard and Slayton vividly portray the great bond uniting the original Mercury Seven. The most terrifying chapter describes the fire on the launchpad that killed three Apollo 1 astronauts, but problems on many flights (unbeknownst to TV viewers) were only solved by the skill of the astronauts as pilots. Shepard and Slayton are emphatic about environmental issues (having seen the Earth from a unique viewpoint), and Shepard's eventual moon shot is only topped by Slayton's emotional reaction to being cleared to fly the Apollo-Soyuz mission to dock with Russian cosmonauts, with whom he became fast friends. Expect much demand. Joe Collins --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Whether I agree or disagree with the last chapter’s clumsy step into the political arena makes no difference. After an incredible story, I felt a political rant was uncharacteristic of the rest of the book. I wish I had stopped and not read the last few pages.
Overall, a fun read and a different look at the space race as opposed to some of the fact-full but dryer versions I have seen. Four stars.
On a personal note, it brought back a memory that I hadn't thought of in many years. On a chilly night in October, 1957 when I was eleven years old, my father let my two brothers and I get on our garage roof in Lincoln Nebraska to watch Sputnik go over. I can still see that bright object going across the sky.
Moon Shot gives a little run down about each of the Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo flights. Also Moon Shot goes a little into the Astronauts and some of the Cosmonauts lives too.
We see both Deke Slayton (Air Force pilot) and Alan Shepard (Navy aviator) are super hot shot fliers and become jet test pilots. Both get secret orders to report to the new NASA. Both pass the mustard, are the best of the best and become Mercury 7 astronauts.
The two themes of the book are the race between the US and Russia for space dominance and both astronauts getting grounded and their fights to get back into space. Deke had a heart fibrillation and Alan had an inner ear loss of balance disease.
Alan becomes America's first man in space with his Mercury flight but then is grounded for years. He later gets an operation and is flight cleared. Deke as the head astronaut helps Alan get A moon shot. Alan trains and trains and is the commander for Apollo 14 and is the 5th man on the moon.
Poor Deke never gets to go up until after he is over 50 with the last Apollo mission. By going on a vitamin regiment his heart fibrillation goes away and he is cleared by top cardiologists for space fight. He enjoys himself in weightlessness in space with the other 2 Apollo astronauts and 2 Cosmonauts in the Apollo-Soyuz docking mission.
Sadly so many of my boyhood heros have passed away. Deke Slayton, Alan Shepard, Gus Grissom, Ed White, Roger Chaffee, Wally Shirra, Gordon Cooper, Pete Conrad and other astronauts and cosmonauts... All heroes that gave much for the exploration of space.
I'm an amateur astronomer of over 40 years who looks into the vastness of space with my telescope and agrees 100% with the ending of the book. We should populate many regions of space to ensure our species survival if our planet gets destroyed. Both Deke and Alan see from space how small and fragile our Earth is and how we should cherish and protect it but also as a human race expand into the Cosmos for our lasting survival.Deke says in the largeness of time about us going forward into space, the little he did for space exploration may be just be a blink of the eye.
More detailed information can be found with individual biographies of the astronauts but Moon Shot is great for getting a little info on many of the astronauts. 5 star
Exciting. I found myself trying to hurry the Americans along so they could beat the Russians to the moon.
A favorite of the many "space" books I've read.