T-Minus: The Race to the Moon
Question:What happens when you take two global superpowers, dozens of daring pilots, thousands of engineers and scientists, and then point them at the night sky and say "Go!"
Answer:A SPACE RACE!
The whole world Followed the countdown to sending the first men to the moon. T-Minus: The Race to the Moon is the story of the people who made it happen, both in the rockets and beh...more
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T Minus chronicles the twelve years before the landing of Apollo 11 on the Moon. As the story proceeds, it counts down to the day of the lunar landing, reinforcing again and again a sense of the frenetic pace of the race to the Moon, and the urgency of the competition between the U.S. and the Soviet Union.
It's a very factual account, a sort of a Classics Illustrated-style history of this early period in spaceflight, an educational story that uses the immediacy and drama of the comic book format...more
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I have an astonishing new appreciation of the vast efforts and nearly impossible tasks that took place to put humans into space and on the moon. The risks. The trials. The "Space Race" with the Russians. The innovation. How far we've come.
There's a huge amount of information in the book, but it's told with enough storyline as to be clear anyway. I'm blown away by the research Jim must have done to write this. And the graphics are an integral part of the story-telling,...more
I feel, however, that it's too disjointed and doesn't give a clear sense of what's going on. And that's from someone like me who's always had an interest in space and know a lot of the story already. This is particularly a problem in the first 20 or so pages - it jumps around in time a lot and doesn't give...more
Plot: The author takes the historical timelines of both the USSR and the USA's progress toward a moon landing and lays them out side by side. What a great idea! Too often American audiences are not given both sides of the space race. Sure, we got to the moon first, but the Soviets had...more
The interesting part is that the author doesn't consider the moon landing to be the climax; instead, he focuses on the excitement of the astronauts when they see the Earth as a big blue marble from lunar orbits. Factoids are sprinkled throughout the novel, incl...more
It's obvious that a lot of research and love went into this book. There's some very detailed information here, and the writing is very enthusiastic. But it does seem to skip around quite a bit. I knew enough already to be able to follow it, but it might be confusing for somebody whose knowledge of spac...more
No, actually, even before, as it flashes back to...more
There's some humor and the black and white design concentrates the reader on the story. Though, the graphics are extremely complementary. It's simple and really stays focused on the story of the geniuses behind the design and m...more
(Finished 2009-10-06 13:17 EDT)
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