Friday, July 19, 2019

Eleven books celebrating 50 years since the Apollo 11 Moon landing

At the B&N Reads blog Ross Johnson tagged eleven books celebrating 50 years since the Apollo 11 Moon landing, including:
One Giant Leap: The Impossible Mission That Flew Us to the Moon, by Charles Fishman

When President Kennedy challenged us to go to the Moon, no one really knew if it was even possible; nor what the Moon’s surface would really be like; nor how to build a rocket large enough or computer small enough to get us there. Fishman’s book focuses on the people involved: not only the engineers, astronauts, and researchers, but also ordinary Americans like the factory workers (typically women) who sewed spacesuits and parachutes and even computer hardware (which, believe it or not, often involved weaving) by hand. Ultimately, over 400,000 people contributed to the Apollo mission, and many of their stories told here.
Read about the other entries on the list.

--Marshal Zeringue