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, Nonfiction, Science, Space, Biography, Audiobook

Reviews Rocket Men

  • Cindy Burnett
    Rocket Men is the masterfully depicted tale of the three courageous astronauts who pioneered humankinds’ first trip to the moon and the NASA engineers and other employees who made such a journey possible. 1968 was a tumultuous year in the United States with the escalation of the Vietnam War, the assassinations of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Robert F Kennedy, Nixon’s election as President, and massive protests and riots happening throughout th...
  • BAM The Bibliomaniac
    Comprehensive story, but I think I should have had a paper copy. The audio didn’t keep my attention.
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Scott S.
    1968 - America was not having a particularly good year. Whether it was the surprise Tet Offensive, the capture of the USS Pueblo, the riots in the streets of Chicago during the DNC, or the double-tragedy of the Martin Luther King and Bobby Kennedy assassinations, many headline news stories were often casting a fairly bleak view for the country. But in the final weeks there was a story that, if only for a few brief moments, raised the spirits for ...
  • Jeff
    Apollo 8 was the first time human beings traveled beyond Earth orbit and through deep space to another world - three astronauts traveled to the moon and made ten orbits before returning to the Earth. Rocket Men is a fantastic recounting of this mission and the stories of the three astronauts that pulled it off: Frank Borman, Jim Lovell, and Bill Anders. Despite the fact that the Apollo 8 mission took place during late December 1968 and was soon o...
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • Laurens Ter Heegde
    This book has been one of the most thrilling reads of my life. Kurson managed to draw me into the command module and make me feel like I was there together with Borman, Lovell and Anders. The narrative extensively treats the context of the mission in relation to the tensions that were troubling the United States in 1968. Since I was born over three decades after the events, this greatly helped in explaining the motives behind taking the gigantic ...
  • Dax
    Kurson keeps it simple in this telling of the Apollo 8 mission. While this book will inevitably suffer from comparison to "The Right Stuff," our first trip to the moon is such a fantastic story that Kurson really didn't need to dress it up. The author deserves credit for being able to explain the significance of the event and the healing power it provided our country at the conclusion of a very trying year. At times the narrative gets a little ch...
  • James
    This book was like no other non-fiction I have ever read. It read like any fiction book, with tons of plots and twists and always full of anticipation. I read this in 2 days while on vacation. I look forward to reading many more books from this author, starting with "Shadow Divers".If you have any interest at all in what it took to put a man on the moon and the significance of the Kennedy era space race I cannot recommend a better book. This was ...
  • 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
  • Syd (deertales)
    rocket men was a seriously neat non-fiction read/listen. it was an engrossing story that not only told the tale of the lesser known apollo 8 mission, but also emphasized how important this space mission was in the context of the trying year that the USA / world had in 1968. it reads like a thriller, an adventure story, and history all at once - my only complaint was how romantic the story was made as well, which i couldnt decide was appropriate o...
  • Gloria Bartelt
    This author blended the personal lives of the astronauts, the scientific accuracy of the mission, and the intrigue and risk of the mission to form a most exhilarating historical perspective of the accomplishment of Apollo 8. The addition of the description of the political and social arena during this mission added to the sense that you were re-living this historical feat. Everyone should read this.
  • Wendy
    This book is an extensive and exhaustive summary of the Apollo 8 mission and the United State’s race to the moon. Author Robert Kurson combines incredible research with a searing human perspective. It is a remarkable reference, and should be on every school syllabus. Kurson finds the passion behind his subject matter. In this case, the passion involves astrophysics, aviation, and engineering, so the book has a distinctly heavier feel to it and ...
  • Jim
    I give Kurson's latest book ***** because it's an important story and an exciting one and told in a very compelling way. The main part of the book focuses on the three astronauts who were the first to go to the Moon--not to land on it, but orbit it--and those were the three men of Apollo 8- Borman, Lovell, and Anders. Kurson gives us a succinct background to Apollo, which was the Cold War and Kennedy's commitment to send men to the moon by the en...
  • Donna
    I've had this book for awhile and I've been hesitant to crack it open because I thought it might be kind of dry. Thankfully, I didn't find that to be the case at all....not even for a single moment. This book covers the events that led up to Apollo 8 and its voyage in 1968. I also liked that this covered the people involved and that it included a little about their personal lives. I felt connected to them and their family struggles. Overall, the ...
  • Joyce
    Back in 1968 again--way too many anniversaries of events this year, all re-visited in popular titles. I know there was another excellent, popular title about Apollo 8, but I missed that, and I like Kurson--Shadow Divers is one of my all time favorites. While the focus is on the mission, Kurson draws from politics and popular culture in setting the stage. Politicians and scientists were concerned that the Russians would beat us to the moon, so con...
  • Krisette Spangler
    This is one of the best books I've ever read. It was great, because I was on the edge of my seat even though I knew the astronauts were going to live. I loved the way the author wove the astronaut's personal lives into the story of our first flight to the moon. I learned so much, and I was impressed with the integrity of these great men. Highly recommend.
  • Joan Barnett
    I really liked this book! I learned a lot!! Great story and information
  • Van Reese
    This is the story of Apollo 8. This brought back memories of my childhood when these events were taking place. It is interesting to look back and to understand what an extraordinary accomplishment this was. I would say most people see the landing on the moon as the pinnacle of the U.S. space program. That was certainly a "large step for mankind", but everyone who was involved with NASA at that time (including Neil Armstrong) agree that the missio...
  • Nathalie
    AMAZING!!! Go read this now!!!
  • Books on Stereo
    Rocket Men is one of the those rare works that succeeds in balancing both the historical and narrative aspects of this obscure, yet highly important narrative.
  • Suzie
    This book is absolutely wonderful! It reads like fiction and I found myself glued to my seat. This is not my first Kurson book and he has a real talent for making non-fiction appealing to everyone.
  • Scott
    A great story, well told.
  • Noah
    Oh wow, such an amazing story about a mission I'm ashamed to say I didn't really remember! Great perspective involving the wives and families of these three great men. Enough technical stuff to expose the wonder of the feat, but not too much. These guys had poise, patriotism, and gumption that our generation needs to bring back.
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...