Footprints in the Dust

  • by Colin Burgess, Richard F. Gordon Jr
  • Narrated by Jerry Longe
  • 17 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Following the fortieth anniversary of Apollo 11, as NASA prepares to return astronauts to the moon, Footprints in the Dust offers a thorough, engrossing, and multifaceted account of the Apollo missions. The flight of Apollo 11 was a triumph of human endeavor, persistence, and technology, one of the greatest achievements in human history. This book begins with the mission that sent Neil Armstrong and Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin to the moon, then follows American spaceflight through the harrowing rescue of Apollo 13 before moving on to the successful joint Apollo-Soyuz mission in 1975. Drawing on extensive research and interviews with key figures in the space program, the authors convey the human drama and chart the technological marvels that went into the Apollo missions. They also put the accomplishments of American spaceflight into historical context, examining the competitive space race with the Soviet Union, the roles of politics and personality in launching the mission, and the consequences, practical and profound, of this giant leap for mankind.

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Requires a broader interest than just the landings

If you like detail and background information then this book, for the most part, has a lot of it. Everyone will probably enjoy a few chapters at the very least but, on the other hand, it is also true that everyone will probably dislike a few chapters.

It would seem the chapters are written by different authors. Some authors concentrate on the technical, some on the people involved, whilst others write purely from the point of view of an observer of the events.

On the whole I enjoyed this book a lot but, being British, I found it very difficult to overcome a narratory style more akin to a cheap American documentary. On the plus side this style of narration made the technical subject matter very easy to follow. On the down side (for me at least) it made the less technical and more observational very dreary to listen to.
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- Nico

Book Details

  • Release Date: 21-11-2014
  • Publisher: University Press Audiobooks