Genesis : the story of Apollo 8 : the first manned flight to another world /
by Robert Zimmerman.
New York : Four Walls Eight Windows, 1998.
xvi, 299 p., [6] p. of plates : ill. (some col.)
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New York : Four Walls Eight Windows, 1998.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. [281]-290) and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 1999-04:
In a book primarily about people, Zimmerman narrates in such compelling detail that readers can almost picture themselves aboard Apollo 8 from the time it blasted into space on December 21, 1968, until it splashed down in the Pacific nearly a week later. He focuses on three brave men--Frank Borman, Jim Lovell, and Bill Anders--who volunteered to ride an inadequately tested space vehicle equipped with a primitive computer on a journey of some quarter-million miles to orbit the Moon and return. He also focuses on the astronauts' wives, who had to maintain a brave front to the world as they watched and waited for the return of their husbands from a mission that many gave less than a 50 percent chance of success. Although overshadowed by later lunar landings and more recent Shuttle missions, Apollo 8 represented the first human venturing beyond Earth orbit, it demonstrated that President Kennedy's 1961 vow to place a man on the Moon within a decade was achievable, and, perhaps most important of all, it gave Americans a reason to be proud as a nation in a year filled with riots, protests, and assassinations. Well illustrated; chapter notes; extensive bibliography. An excellent and fascinating book. Highly recommended. General readers; undergraduates; two-year technical program students. C. G. Wood; formerly, Eastern Maine Technical College
Appeared in Library Journal on 1998-11-01:
Zimmerman, who writes for the Sciences, Astronomy, and the Wall Street Journal, tells the story of the three astronauts involved in the "first manned flight to another world" as we approach its 30th anniversary. The story is well told in the astronauts' own words and through interviews with their wives and children. The sections covering selected events and personages of the Cold War and the 1960s provide a unique perspective; the role of religion in the astronauts' lives is an important theme not found elsewhere. While Apollo 8 is included in many other books on the Apollo program, Zimmerman's work is the first to cover this flight alone and to stress its monumental significance as the most important Apollo mission. A strong purchase for all academic and public libraries.‘Dale Ebersole, Carlson Lib., Univ. of Toledo, OH (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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Table of Contents
Introductionp. xi
Timelinep. xv
"Get a Picture of It."p. 1
"We Will Bury You!"p. 21
"That Earth Is Sure Looking Small."p. 57
"We Stand for Freedom."p. 82
"Welcome to the Moon's Sphere."p. 105
Hugging the Coastp. 119
"Hey, I Got the Moon!"p. 147
"Settle This by Nightfall."p. 165
Apollo 1
Soyuz 1
Saturn 5
"There's a Beautiful Earth Out There."p. 190
"Why Don't You Begin at the Beginning?"p. 212
Apollo 8
Pilgrims to the Moonp. 238
"American Cheese"p. 250
That Was Thenp. 271
The Squares
This Is Nowp. 290
Notesp. 309
Editorial Minutiae and Glossaryp. 322
Bibliographyp. 325
Indexp. 337
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