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American Moonshot Young Readers' Edition: John F. Kennedy and the Great Space Race Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2019-09-08 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 2 user ratings
ISBN:0062660284
LANGUAGE:English

" A great book on President Kennedy’s politics behind the development of NASA. I recommend this book to anyone interested in a deeper look at the space program than Apollo 13 or Apollo 11 affords. Especially this year as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11. " said.

" American Moonshot is unlike all of the other books I have read about the space race in that it is largely centered on JFK and the politics behind our race to the Moon. Douglas Brinkley does an excellent job of telling the story and digging into the roots of the space race with events that transpired before, during and after World War II and how the Cold War gave birth to the American space program. " said.

" A highly enjoyable read, telling the story and Kennedy and NASA within the broader context of the time period. Digressions from the main topic are interestingly explored without going too far away from the story. Also, Brinkley is able to reflect with modern sensitivities on topics like discrimination, Operation Paperclip, etc. " said.

" Excellent overview of NASA's early years and Kennedy's involvement. " said.

" Over all, too long. and although the errors felt minor in the grand schemem of things, it felt ruched to publication. I do not regret reading it, just feel it could have been better " said.

" I listened to this on hoopla thanks to my local library.Excellent research and thoughtful writing. For a science book it sure had a wonderful human touch. The narration was also well done. I loved how the author wrapped things up in the epilogue. " said.

" I expected this book to be solely about Apollo 11 with little about how it came to be. I was pleasantly surprised by the detailed timeline of the space program as well as the politics behind the space race. Above all, it gives credit where credit is due to JFK, the scientists, engineers, and astronauts who made the moon landing possible. " said.

" The footprints are still on the moon half a century since Neil Armstrong stepped from the lunar landing vehicle and Walter Cronkite on CBS gasped “man on the moon”. The wonder, people, politics and earthshaking awe of the improbable quest are expertly described in this new study rich in revelation. - Reviewed by John Cooper, ZSR Board of Visitors " said.

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