Shoot for the Moon: The Space Race and the Extraordinary Voyage of Apollo 11

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by James Donovan

Marking the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11, Donovan’s deep-dive into humankind’s finest hour details America’s Space Race with the Soviets, bringing totality to this dimensional and riveting work. Just as John Wayne came to represent the rich history of the early American West in boots and bandanas, NASA astronauts were the cowboys and explorers of their day. For them, the Moon was America’s great frontier of the 20thcentury. Donovan’s story would have made a great onscreen vehicle for the Duke, as the idea of conquering space was a lot like trying to tame the Wild West—full of unknowns and colorful characters. littlebrown.com