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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

“At a time when national demoralization is so prevalent, Douglas Brinkley’s American Moonshot could not be more timely. His reconstruction of JFK’s bold commitment to space exploration and the heroic efforts of the men who made the “moonshot” a reality reminds us that America was and can be again a great principled nation that leads the world on to new frontiers.” - Robert Dallek, author of Franklin D. Roosevelt and An Unfinished Life: John F. Kennedy, 1917-1963

“Graced by Douglas Brinkley’s remarkable gift for writing richly textured, sympathetic social, cultural and biographical history, American Moonshot delivers an epic narrative: it is the sweeping story of how humankind’s impetus for space exploration evolved from the early visionaries in Russia, Germany, and the United States at the dawn of the 20th century through the scientific and technological achievements--albeit associated human horrors--of two world wars, giving birth to the “Space Age” in peaceful ways even in the context of Cold War and its constant threat of nuclear confrontation. Brinkley’s special insights into the life of John F. Kennedy and how in May 1961 as U.S. president he made the audacious commitment of landing astronauts on the Moon “before the decade is out” makes this book a particularly intimate and fascinating read.” - James R. Hansen, author of First Man: The Life of Neil A. Armstrong

“Prepare to recall what it was like to be inspired and thrilled by American greatness. Doug Brinkley recounts, with deep research and exciting narrative, the bold spirit and faith in innovation that was embodied in Kennedy’s decision to launch a mission to the moon. His vision restored a vitality to America, something we could use today.” - Walter Isaacson, author of Leonardo da Vinci

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

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 1.758 in (d)
  • Pages: 592
  • List Price: $35.00
  • BISAC1 : HISTORY / United States / 20th Century
  • BISAC2 : HISTORY / Expeditions & Discoveries
  • BISAC3 : BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Presidents & Heads of State