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"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 the contributions of the extraordinary people who made it possible."

Mike Collins, command module pilot, Apollo 11

"Exceptionally researched . . . exciting, sometimes harrowing . . .

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 review)

"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 allthe science, the engineering, the clashing egos, the Cold War politics. But what's even more impressive is 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 of Ghost Soldiers, In the Kingdom of Ice, and On Desperate Ground

"Donovan combines his masterful research skills and narrative gifts 

in recounting the full story of the most famous Apollo trip . . . his history is a powerfully written and irresistible celebration of the Apollo missions."

―Booklist (starred review)


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