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About the Author
James Donovan is the author of the bestselling books The Blood of Heroes: The 13-Day Struggle for the Alamo -- and the Sacrifice That Forged a Nation and A Terrible Glory: Custer and the Little Bighorn -- the Last Great Battle of the American West. He lives in Dallas, Texas.
One of Publishers Weekly's Best Books of 2019
"If you're looking for telling of the manned space program's story, you should start with James Donovan's Shoot for the Moon."
"Donovan's narrative is a well-crafted one...one of the best in print."
—Christian Science Monitor
"Donovan combines his masterful research skills and narrative gifts in recounting the full story of the most famous Apollo trip...Donovan's history is a powerfully written and irresistible celebration of the Apollo missions."
—Booklist (starred review)
"Exceptionally researched, this exciting, sometimes harrowing book highlights the work not only of the pioneering astronauts but also of thousands of technicians and engineers. This is a perfect volume to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the first lunar landing and all that led up to it."
—Publishers Weekly (starred)
account reads like an adventure story."
—The Columbus Dispatch
"Donovan's account of
Apollo 11 is a breath-stopping page-turner."
—Michael Barnes, Austin-American Statesman
"Shoot for the Moon
is a gripping account of the dangers, the challenges, and the sheer determination that defined not only Apollo 11, but also the Mercury and Gemini missions that came before it."—BookPeople
"Its breadth and
detail will give you a new appreciation for just how complex and dangerous this
mission was. You'll come away marveling that, against all odds, we put people
on the motherf**in' moon!"
"This is the best book on Apollo that I have read. Extensively researched and meticulously accurate, it successfully traces not only the technical highlights of the program but also the contributions of the extraordinary people who made it possible."
—Mike Collins, Command module pilot, Apollo 11
"A gripping yet wonderfully detailed account of one of humanity's greatest achievements. Shoot for the Moon
gives a fascinating insight into the golden age of space exploration."—Tim Peake
"It was one of humankind's greatest achievements, and here, perhaps for the first time, is the whole story, fastidiously reported and elegantly told. With Shoot For the Moon,
James Donovan captures it all-the science, the engineering, the clashing egos, the Cold War politics. But what's even more impressive, he does it without depriving us of the essential magic that was Apollo, this Promethean program that dared to aim as high and as far as man could go."
—Hampton Sides, author Ghost Soldiers, In the Kingdom of Ice, and On Desperate Ground
"With a brilliant eye for detail and an elegant sense of historical narrative, Donovan's Shoot the Moon is sure to be a space race classic."
—Annie Jacobsen, bestselling author & Pulitzer Prize finalist