Summary

In the Shadow of the Moon tells the story of the most exciting and challenging years in spaceflight, with two superpowers engaged in a titanic struggle to land one of their own people on the moon. Drawing on interviews with astronauts, cosmonauts, their families, technicians, and scientists, as well as rarely seen Soviet and American government documents, the authors craft a remarkable story of the golden age of spaceflight as both an intimate human experience and a rollicking global adventure. From the Gemini flights to the Soyuz space program to the earliest Apollo missions, including the legendary first moon landing, their book draws a richly detailed picture of the space race as an endeavor equally endowed with personal meaning and political significance.
©2007 Board of Regents of the University of Nebraska (P)2016 Redwood Audiobooks
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Critic reviews

"French and Burgess present a first-rate, detailed, and very personal account of the space race to the moon…. Strongly recommended." ( CHOICE)
"This book has everything you ever wanted to know about the astronauts that paved the way for the first Moon landing." ( Liftoff)
" In the Shadow of the Moon truly captures the spirit and culture of those who won the race to the Moon." (Dave Scott, commander of the Apollo 15 mission)
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4 out of 5 stars
By Leslie F. on 21-04-16

Interesting book for space afficionados

I thought this was a really interesting book, and I enjoyed it. I learned a lot about the space program during the '60's. I had no idea of the different problems or situations that they had in the space program. It was interesting to learn about the different personality types that become astronauts, and how they interacted. If you are interested in space, or just enjoy non-fiction, I recommend giving this book a try. I listened to the Audible version and enjoyed the narration.

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5 out of 5 stars
By J. Ritt on 14-09-17

If you thought you knew it all, there's more here.

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would recommend this to any NASA history geek.

What did you like best about this story?

The true depth that the authors went into. Most books focus 80/20 mission/crew. This was far more balanced, even leaning more towards the crew angle. It also truly examines what went on, as opposed to what seemed to go on. (Such as why Wally seemed cranky on Apollo VII, and the real reasons behind his behavior, as well as the fact that his "crankiness" was seriously over-hyped and made out to be far worse than the transcripts show it to have been.)

Which character – as performed by Gary L. Willprecht – was your favorite?

Given the subject matter and his style of narrating, that's not really applicable. I do love his narration though.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The description of the pain felt by those who knew the crew of Apollo 1. Also, the landing of Apollo 11 still gives me goosebumps

Any additional comments?

I've read "Moon Shot", "Failure is not an Option", and "A Man on the Moon", to name a few. Yet I still learned a great deal about that era from this book.

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