American Moonshot Young Readers' Edition: John F. Kennedy and the Great Space Race

American Moonshot Young Readers' Edition: John F. Kennedy and the Great Space Race

by Douglas Brinkley


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In anticipation of the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing, New York Times bestselling author and historian Douglas Brinkley delivers a young readers’ edition of a story rooted in heroism, bravery, and patriotism: America’s race to the moon.

July 20, 1969. It’s a day that has earned a spot in history. It’s the day that America was the first nation to succeed in sending two astronauts—Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong—to the moon.

But what led to this unforgettable event? What were the stakes riding on the Apollo 11’s safe landing? In acclaimed author Douglas Brinkley’s first young readers' edition, space fans will get the riveting and factual backstory of arguably the most significant achievement of the 20th century.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062660299
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 04/14/2020
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 173,814
Product dimensions: 5.12(w) x 7.62(h) x (d)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Douglas Brinkley is the Katherine Tsanoff Brown Chair in Humanities and Professor of History at Rice University, a CNN Presidential Historian, and a contributing editor at Vanity Fair.  In the world of public history, he serves on boards, at museums, at colleges, and for historical societies. The Chicago Tribune dubbed him “America’s New Past Master.” The New-York Historical Society has chosen Brinkley as its official U.S. Presidential Historian. His recent book Cronkite won the Sperber Prize, while The Great Deluge: Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans, and the Mississippi Gulf Coast received the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award. He was awarded a Grammy for Presidential Suite and is the recipient of seven honorary doctorates in American studies. His two-volume, annotated Nixon Tapes recently won the Arthur S. Link–Warren F. Kuehl Prize. He is a member of the Century Association, the Council on Foreign Relations, and the James Madison Council of the Library of Congress. He lives in Austin, Texas, with his wife and three children.

Table of Contents

Part I Rockets

Chapter 1 The New Ocean 3

Chapter 2 Reaching beyond the Sky 11

Chapter 3 Rocketing into Battle 22

Chapter 4 Racing against the Third Reich 35

Chapter 5 Every Man for Himself 46

Chapter 6 A New Enemy 54

Part II Generation Sputnik

Chapter 7 And Then There Were Two 65

Chapter 8 Into the Space Race 72

Chapter 9 Sputnik Revolution 84

Chapter 10 Keeping Up with the Kremlin 94

Chapter 11 Closing the Gap 100

Chapter 12 Mercury Seven to the Rescue 112

Chapter 13 Kennedy for President 117

Part III Moonbound

Chapter 14 Setting the Course at NASA 131

Chapter 15 The First Men in Space 137

Chapter 16 We're Going to the Moon 146

Chapter 17 Gearing Up for a Lunar Voyage 154

Chapter 18 Laying the Groundwork 160

Chapter 19 Godspeed, John Glenn 167

Chapter 20 Peace in Space 173

Part IV Projects Gemini and Apollo

Chapter 21 Not Because It Is Easy 185

Chapter 22 Winning at Any Cost 192

Chapter 23 Staying Moonbound 203

Chapter 24 Astronauts and Cosmonauts Together 211

Chapter 25 Task Accomplished 218

Source Notes 231

Bibliography 257

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