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Genesis: The Story Of Apollo 8, The First Manned Flight To Another World

4.01  ·  Rating Details ·  114 Ratings  ·  16 Reviews
Circling the moon at 3,700 miles an hour, a quarter of a million miles from Earth, the astronaut opened his flight plan and began to read: "In the beginning God created heaven and earth..." Sweeping past the three astronauts was a stark black and white terrain, cold and forbidding. Unseen but listening intently was an audience of more than a billion people.It was Christmas ...more
Paperback, 368 pages
Published December 1st 1999 by Dell (first published 1998)
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Darkpool (protesting GR censorship)
I'm probably being a bit mean with the stars here, but aspects of this book really grated. It seemed to me to be a bit too "God bless America!" By this I'm not criticising the inclusion of the historical context in which the space race occurred, but some of the narrative comment that seemed a little too much in the style "and thus, freedom, Christianity and the American way triumphed over evil commie dictatorships!" This might play very well to a American audience in 1998, but I found it rather ...more
This is the only book-length account in the mainstream about one of the most audacious missions in space history--the first human flight to the moon's orbit: Apollo 8.

Published in 1998, this finally makes strides to address a mission which will always be in the shadow of its successor, Apollo 11--the first lunar landing mission. By undertaking this book, Zimmerman wants to do the right thing for space history, and his sense of mission is clear in many of his descriptions.

Zimmerman gives a good a
Assaad Mrad
Jun 15, 2016 Assaad Mrad rated it really liked it
As a science and space enthusiast, I really liked this book as you can see I finished it in less than 48 hours. Not for its technical input but for its philosophical view of the human exploration Robert Zimmerman is trying to describe.

As can be seen in most of the reviews, there is Christian and capitalist American bias which I hope most of the readers are mature enough to see. At one instance, Robert Zimmerman was openly criticizing the unwillingness of future explorers to publicly let know of
Nov 27, 2013 Lance rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had always thought of the US space program as an example of great engineering achievement. Of course politics played a role, as it does in everything in history. I just didn't realize how deeply seated the political drivers were.

In fact, the story Zimmerman spins is one in which Cold War one-up-manship was the real motivation behind extending our technological boundaries. But he also weaves in his tapestry the human element, showing how the backgrounds of each of the characters crashes togethe
Christopher Hivner
Jul 08, 2012 Christopher Hivner rated it really liked it
I probably liked this book more than some would because I am utterly fascinated with space exploration, especially the space race of the 1960s. Genesis was more than just the story of the mission that took 3 American astronauts into lunar orbit. It also gives you background on the men and their personalities, as well as insight into how their wives felt about and accepted the dangerous missions they went on. The author also interweaves the turbulent history that was going on around the world. ...more
Bookworm Amir
Jul 23, 2011 Bookworm Amir rated it it was amazing
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I started reading this book - well this was the first BIG book I ever touched on. I was 10 years old when I started reading this, and ended up finishing it about a year or two years later. It really was complicated language for a 10 year old to comprehend. But I took the challenge anyways.

Now at 19, I am finally adding this book at Goodreads! haha, good Lord.

This book, well, from what I gather now, is an epic story I guess. Was it good, or bad? All I know is that its got about 450 pages.

Aug 07, 2009 Nicholas rated it really liked it
A mix of space, biography, social history of America in the 60's and a bit of vomit. In fact probably less than half the book is about the Apollo 8 mission. The book is set in the context of the cold war; the reason for going to the moon in the first place. But perhaps a bit to much on the Berlin wall... although the parallel soviet space endeavours were interesting. It did give a fascinating insight into how the opening verses of Genesis were chosen to be read from the moon, and a glimpse as to ...more
Tomasz Boguszewicz
Sep 08, 2014 Tomasz Boguszewicz rated it it was ok
Trochę techniki, trochę reportażu rodzinnego, trochę tła społeczno-politycznego, ale żadna z tych sfer nie jest opisana dobrze. Bardzo brakuje perpsktywy ludzi, któzy czuwali na ziemi nad przebiegiem misji, nie ma nic o przygotowaniach, problemach, etc. Zbyt wiele nacisku położono na odczucia subiketywne astronautów w czasie lotu, które nie są ani odkrywcze, ani specjalnie ciekawe. Ogólnie, rozczarowanie..
Mar 09, 2016 Rose rated it really liked it
The author loves Christianity and hates Communism. Apart from his agenda-pushing, I enjoyed his straightforward storytelling style of writing. He did a good job situating the Apollo 8 astronauts in the bigger historical picture of the American and Russian space programs, as well as world events.
Clay Davis
Nov 05, 2012 Clay Davis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I liked this book very much. The author humanizes the astronauts and defines the the Superpowers very well.
Carrie Lindsey
May 10, 2010 Carrie Lindsey rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book as it gives a personal inside view of the events of the Apollo 8 mission. I liked that the author wove the world politics as the time into the development of the book.
Aug 01, 2014 Snakeman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting Story.
Readable facts and figures.
Liked the commentary on the world at the time as well as the main story of the space flight.
Eric Tsavdar
Aug 25, 2016 Eric Tsavdar rated it liked it
If you are a space nut like me, you're going to enjoy this detailed look at the Apollo 8 mission. Awesome perspectives.
Jul 10, 2013 -eric- rated it it was amazing
Shelves: space, history
My all-time favorite book on the Apollo era. THe story of the Borman/Lovell/Anders mission never fails to engross me, and I have read it many times
John W. Christman
Story of Apollo 8

This book brought back many memories. That is why I gave the book 5 stars. Especially from launch through moon insertion.
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