Rocket Men by Robert Kurson

Rocket Men

The inside, lesser-known story of NASA's boldest and riskiest mission: Apollo 8, mankind's first journey to the Moon on Christmas in 1968. A riveting account of three heroic astronauts who took one of the most dangerous space flights ever, from the New York Times bestselling author of Shadow Divers. In early 1968, the Apollo program was on shaky footing. President Kennedy's end-of-decade deadline to put a man on the Moon ...

Details Rocket Men

TitleRocket Men
Release DateApr 3rd, 2018
PublisherRandom House
GenreHistory, Science, Nonfiction

Reviews Rocket Men

  • Dave
    Kurson's incredible book "Rocket Men" tells one of the greatest stories of adventure in the modern age, a story that captivated not just the nation, but the entire world. It's the story of the race to the moon. If you loved The Right Stuff and Apollo 13, you'll love this book. After the Soviets launched Sputnik, the space race had begun and, although John Kennedy set getting to the moon within ten years as a goal, it almost didn't happen. Growing...
  • Jason
    Rocket Men: The Daring Odyssey of Apollo 8 is a very compelling narrative history of the first and very risky journey of man leaving earth to orbit the moon. Kurson, like in his previous work, Shadow Divers, delves deeply into the context of a singular event, and makes the unique fit into the larger history.With Rocket Men, the primary focus is on astronauts Frank Borman, Jim Lovell, and Bill Anders. While appropriate attention is devoted to thei...
  • Fredrick Danysh
    Rocket Men is a record of America's space program's efforts to beat the Soviets in getting to the moon. It mentions Apollo 1 disaster that took three lives and caused the acceleration of American efforts. Apollo 8's entire workup and mission is laid out. This is a decent work about space exploration and NASA. My copy was a free review copy through
  • Scott
    A great story, well told.
  • Linda
    John F. Kennedy had promised to put a man on the moon before the end of the 1960’s and after his assassination, Lyndon Johnson supported this unlikely goal. The USA had a tremendous desire to win the space race, however, and against all odds, Apollo 8 was conceived and implemented, some said too quickly. Astronauts Borman, Lovell, and Anders went on the historic Christmas 1968 mission to orbit the moon, and after a terrible year of riots, carna...
  • Jill Meyer
    Robert Kurson's excellent look at the 1968 voyage of Apollo 8, "Rocket Men: The Daring Odyssey of Apollo 8", has already received excellent reviews on Amazon, so I can add very little. However, I will say that the writing is low-key but compelling as Kurson writes about the politics, the people, and the history of the United States space program. He also details the race - what we knew was happening - between the US and the USSR. The Soviet launc...
  • Alan
    I was fortunate enough to receive an Advance Reader’s Edition of Rocket Men through a Goodreads giveaway. As expected, it was excellent.With the violent and divisive year of 1968 as a backdrop, the story centers around NASA’s hurried plan to beat the Russians and become the first to send a manned mission into lunar orbit and keep hope alive for a moon landing by the end of the decade.Much like his other work, Kurson’s vivid detail and drama...
  • Adrienne
    In August 1868, NASA, intent on getting ahead of Russia in the space race and hoping to overcome demoralizing rocket failures, made the dramatic decision to push to send men to orbit the moon in December--giving them way less preparation time than usual. Engineers, astronauts, and everyone at NASA worked together to get astronauts Frank Borman, Jim Lovell, and Bill Anders prepared for whatever would come on their unprecedented mission. This narra...
  • Haris Mohammad
    Thx to the author Robert Kurson and the Publisher for giving me this book in a Goodreads giveaway in exchange for a honest review.They Saved 1968Rocket Men: The Daring Odyssey of Apollo 8 is a very compelling narrative history of the first and very risky journey of man leaving earth to orbit the moon. Kurson, like in his previous work, Shadow Divers, delves deeply into the context of a singular event, and makes the unique fit into the larger hist...
  • Nick
    I read this book from an ARC provided by the publisher, through a Goodreads giveaway.This is an interesting book, a very personal story about the astronaut crew of the Apollo 8, the first craft to carry humans around the moon. Unlike the later Apollo 11, these men had no chance to touch the lunar ground, but instead they were the test platform for the later flights. They knew that their mission had been rushed, in order to beat the Russians to se...
  • Elizabeth
    First off I want to say which I love reading non fiction , this one was a struggle for me to get through, and I never hardly have that problem with non fiction, there was times I just wanted to put it down and not finish it at all but I kept reading to the very end. Unfortunately this book isn't for me at all , on the upscale it does show you want the astronauts went through as did their families, and how they struggle to get Apollo 8 to the moon...
  • Kend
    How is it even possible to make a book about space that I don't love? Here are some ways:- Continuous, unrepentant use of idioms and clichés. If you're quoting someone or deliberately reflecting the patterns of speech of your subjects (think Tom Wolfe in The Right Stuff ) that's one thing. If you're reaching for the easiest phrase in the phrasebook, that's ... lazy. This was definitely not the former.- Indistinguishable voices. Every line of th...
  • Edwin Howard
    I couldn't put ROCKET MEN by Robert Kurson down for the last few days, what a ride!(no pun intended). Everyone knows story of Apollo 11 and most know the story of Apollo 13, but the story of Apollo 8 in many ways is more fantastic than those others. The book carries the reader through the decision to have Apollo 8 orbit the moon, to the rushed preparation to have the astronauts trained, the proper equipment tested, and the mission plan created al...
  • Victoria
    This is an excellent read and I think most with an interest in anything space will really enjoy it. For me, perhaps it's because I've read SO much about the space program, I found it it to be somewhat pedestrian. I didn't find too much here that I didn't already know something about and didn't think this telling brought that much new to the story.
  • Armando Negron
    Rocket Men was a very appropriate book to read around this time with all the hype about the recent Space X launch. It has been a long time since the mainstream got so interested in a rocket launch, and reading about the Apollo missions brings back a sense of nostalgia from an era where nothing seemed impossible.Robert Kurson does a marvelous job in putting together a story about the space program in a way that is not too technical for the layman,...
  • Nenah Muniz
    I'm so thankful that I won the Goodreads giveaway for this book. I'm going to try to put into words what this book had made me feel. Rocket Men by Robert Kurson is truly a feel good book that the whole country (USA) needs to read. I've always been interested in NASA and space exploration but honestly I don't know nearly as much about it as I want to. We all know that the men of Apollo 11 were the first to step foot on the moon, and about the "suc...
  • Pat
    I received a free copy of "Rocket Men" by Robert Kurson through the "Good Reads First Read Giveaway."This is a concise history of the Apollo 8 mission. Even though you know it is successful, the author's talent keeps you wanting to continue reading this fascinating book. This book includes a detailed short history of the troubled America of the late 60's. I particularly enjoyed the detailed stories of the personal lives of the Apollo Astronauts. ...
  • Doreen Prentiss Gabriellini
    "Rocket Men" by Robert Kurson takes his readers on a space journey with Apollo 8. This book is awesome! It tells a story rich in adventure, bravery, know how, determination and family. While Apollo 13 will be etched in our memory, the story of Apollo 8 captivated the nation and the entire world. It is the great story of America’s race to the moon. Mr. Kurson takes us into NASA in 1968 when America was trying to compete in the ‘space race’ w...
  • Dale Dewitt
    This is an amazing read! When thinking about the achievements of the Apollo program one first thinks naturally about the first landing on Apollo 11 but Apollo 8 proved that Apollo 11 COULD be done and that is almost an even greater achievement. Kurson brings us along on humankind's greatest adventure and we get to know not only the 3 brave men who first sat atop the largest rocket humans have ever built but those in charge of the planning to make...
  • Shawn
    Robert Kurson goes in depth to Apollo 8, but also to the surrounding time of 1968.It's a great companion piece to the Andrew Chaikin Apollo Book (Which needs to be placed on Kindle,by the way) as it is technical enough to not be overly basic on the side, but not so technical to overwhelm the casual reader on the flip side.I enjoyed Kurson's work and would recommend it to Apollo, Space and even 1960's history buffs.
  • Terri Wangard
    Apollos 11 and 13 are famous as the first moon landing and the successful failure of a moon landing. Less well-known is Apollo 8, which, in the words of the late Neil Armstrong, was “an enormously bold decision.”The Saturn 5 moon rocket had flown twice, and the second time was a failure. The lunar module was behind schedule. The Soviets were suspected of attempting a manned lunar flight by December.The American space program was in trouble. A...
  • Doug
    Rocket men is one of the best books I have ever read about the US space program. America was in a race with the Soviet Union to be the first to send men to the moon. It demanded political, technical, and personal risks. Short biographies of each of the three astronauts are mixed with technical challenges and the political climate of the era. I knew they all made it home but at times I was worried about their safety.
  • Susan
    WOW, This is a winner. I am a winner of an ARC from Goodreads.For those of us who were teens during this time it is a good review of History in the Making. I learned so much about the men and their families here. I remember the trip to the moon but being a teen that was it. So here I am reading this and saying to my husband do you remember and he is saying yes. So for me this is a 5 star book. I am handing it off to my son who is a teacher in pub...
  • John
    I am so envious of the advanced copy winners, as I cannot wait to read this book! I have loved every one of Robert Kurson’s books for their insights into the stories behind the bold adventures. He is a master at unearthing and chronicling what motivates dreamers and risk takers and the back stories that compel them to pursue missions that are Quixotic at best - until they succeed and become a part of history (or change the history books, as wit...
  • Amalya Kuvacz
    I loved Shadow Divers, so I was thrillled to get an advance copy of Kurson’s new book about Apollo 8. Kurson has an amazing talent for pulling readers into his books, and he’s done it again with Rocket Men. The book shows the rich context of (and the real reasons for) the risky Apollo missions — Kurson makes you feel the heart-stopping excitement of Cold War panic, danger, and the thrill of exploration. Nice treatment of wives and family, t...
  • Armen
    Robert Kurson's Rocket Men is a roller coaster ride through the ups and downs of that most chameleon of years, 1968. Assassinations, riots, elections, revolutions (in politics, art, music, literature - just about everywhere) and social upheaval provide the context in which the USA's NASA made a stunning decision - it would compress years of slow development into a few short months in order to leap frog into the lead in the race to land an America...
  • Cherei
    Rocket Men: The Daring Odyssey of Apollo 8 and the Astronauts Who Made Man's First Journey to the Moon by Robert Kurson will be the book that I will compare ALL other books about space travel! OMG.. If I could make any book required reading for this generation, this book would be at the top of the list! Robert Kurson brought to life every astronaut, astronaut wife, NASA employees, and so many others. I am beyond impressed!! I kept stopping readin...
  • Joan
    Review of Advance Reader’s EditionIn 1968, America, filled with dissent and violent discord, seemed on the verge of tearing itself apart. And the mission set by John Kennedy, to send men to the moon and return them safely to earth, was in jeopardy as the Soviets’ space program appeared to be on track to pull ahead in the fierce space race that existed between the two countries. In a rare and unprecedented move, NASA decided to scrap its usual...
  • Meag McKeron
    Rocket Men is one of those books that you just want to talk to people about as you're reading it - there are so many fascinating facts and moments sprinkled throughout. I can't believe how little I knew about such a pivotal moment in our history. Kurson does a great job of showing just how important meeting JFK's moonwalk deadline and winning the space race was by putting the Apollo 8 mission into the context of history and the tumultuous year of...
  • Casey Wheeler
    I received a free Kindle copy of Rocket Men by Robert Kurson courtesy of Net Galley  and Random House, the publisher. It was with the understanding that I would post a review on Net Galley, Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes and Noble and my fiction book review blog. I also posted it to my Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Google Plus pages.I requested this book as I have read a number of books on the space program. This is the second book devoted to Apol...