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American Moonshot

John F. Kennedy and the Great Space Race

by Douglas Brinkley

On Sale: 04/02/2019

Price: $35.00

American Moonshot

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American Moonshot

John F. Kennedy and the Great Space Race

by Douglas Brinkley

On Sale: 04/02/2019

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Price: $35.00

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Critical Praise

“Brinkley’s story is a gripping one.... Rice University scholar and an agile and prolific historian and biographer, Brinkley is well-situated to tell this story… Brinkley sees an important poignancy, and he renders it with real power.” - Boston Globe

“Compelling and comprehensive….With a mixture of granular detail from a gigantic body of works on the subject and analyses of Kennedy’s decision-making and political savvy, American Moonshot transcends mere narrative to help the rest of us understand how America geared up for the astonishing feat of landing a man on the moon. With the approach of the 50th anniversary of Neil Armstrong’s ‘small step for man,’ Brinkley’s focus on the all-important early days provides a valuable perspective.” - Washington Post

American Moonshot is masterful.  Pulsing with fresh new research, Douglas Brinkley’s latest book captures that Cold War moment when America made a magnificent leap into the heavens. Brinkley weaves the presidency, biography, and science into a gripping narrative, rewarding readers with a tour-de-force of the Space Race.  This is history at its best.” - Yanek Mieczkowski, author of Eisenhower’s Sputnik Moment:  The Race for Space and World Prestige

“In an age when so little seems possible, Douglas Brinkley has taken us back to a moment when everything did. In telling the riveting story of John Kennedy and the race to the Moon, Brinkley explores the complexities of politics, diplomacy, technology, and, perhaps most important, of human nature itself. This is a great book.” - Jon Meacham, author of The Soul of America: The Battle for Our Better Angels

“Douglas Brinkley is not only a scholar, he’s a true storyteller. American Moonshot evokes and era, and brings to life the vivid personalities that accomplished one of the greatest feats in history.” - Lawrence Wright, author of God Save Texas: A Journey into the Soul of the Lone Star State

“American Moonshot is a thoroughly terrific work which should reach the widest possible audience. As a study in leadership, it is absolutely first rate. As history, it is inspiring and enthralling. And to cap it all, it is a completely riveting story about the Space Age.  I love this book.” - Doris Kearns Goodwin, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning No Ordinary Time: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt: The Home Front During World War II

Product Details

  • ISBN: 9780062655066
  • ISBN 10: 006265506X
  • Imprint: Harper
  • On Sale: 04/02/2019
  • Trimsize: 6.000 in (w) x 9.000 in (h) x 1.718 in (d)
  • Pages: 576
  • List Price: $35.00
  • BISAC1 : HISTORY / United States / 20th Century
  • BISAC2 : HISTORY / Expeditions & Discoveries
  • BISAC3 : BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Presidents & Heads of State