Rocket Men: The Epic Story of the First Men on the Moon

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Penguin, Jun 25, 2009 - History - 416 pages
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"Celebrates a bold era when voyaging beyond the Earth was deemed crucial to national security and pride."
-The Wall Street Journal

Restoring the drama, majesty, and sheer improbability of an American triumph, this is award-winning historian Craig Nelson's definitive and thrilling story of man's first trip to the moon. At 9:32 a.m. on July 16, 1969, the Apollo 11 rocket launched in the presence of more than a million spectators who had gathered to witness a truly historic event. Through interviews, 23,000 pages of NASA oral histories, and declassified CIA documents on the space race, Rocket Men presents a vivid narrative of the moon mission, taking readers on the journey to one of the last frontiers of the human imagination.

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User Review  - Sandydog1 - LibraryThing

Wow! What a rousing, fun adventure! Tom Wolfe wrote a fantastic story of cowboy dare-devil test pilots. Nelson produces a great sequel about the brilliant Engineer test pilots of the Apollo 11 mission ... Read full review

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User Review  - stevesmits - LibraryThing

Straight forward history of the space program. Not too much on Mercury and Gemini. Covers the early years (post WWII) when the Von Braun and his Germans were getting things started. Most of the focus ... Read full review


1 Behemoth
3 Anything but What He Is
4 The Sons of Galileo
5 Mr Cool Stone
6 Dont Eat Toads
7 A Way to Talk to God
8 How the Pyramids Were Built
9 Total Cold War
12 The Transfiguration
13 The Great Black Sea
15 The Eagle Has Wings
17 Mr President the Eagle Has Landed
18 To Rediscover Childhood
19 A Tenuous Grasp
20 We Missed the Whole Thing
21 Through You We Touched the Moon

10 The Bluff at Noblemans Grave
11 The Fluid Front
22 When All Those Curves Lined Up

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About the author (2009)

Craig Nelson has been a professional artist for more than 30 years. He has worked for recording companies and motion picture studios, is collected by James Garner, Neil Simon, Toyota Corporation and many more; and has won hundreds of awards. He is Director of Fine Art, Drawing and Painting at the Academy of Art College in San Francisco and is currently a signature member of the California Art Club, American Society of Portrait Artists and Baywood Artists. He teaches workshops that attract students from all over the United States and is the author of 60 Minutes to Better Painting: Sharpen Your Skills in Oil and Acrylic. He has several art instruction videos with Creative Catalyst Productions. Visit his website at Nelson lives in Santa Rosa, California.

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