Darkpool (protesting GR censorship)'s Reviews > Genesis: The Story of Apollo 8: The First Manned Flight to Another World

Genesis by Robert Zimmerman
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Dec 17, 2008

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Read from December 02 to 13, 2010

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 jarred my 2010/insignificant pacific democracy sensibilities. I also found the highly detailed accounts of what the astronauts' wives were doing/thinking/feeling a bit intrusive and, frankly, repetitive. So all of this prevented me giving this book a higher star rating.
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12/02/2010 page 9
3.0% "Hm. The philosophical tone of this is already grating a bit. I can only hope it passes (or at least become less prominent) as I get into the meat of the story. And why have we started with the climax? It just seems wrong. Why don't these books ever try to tell the story in chronological order?"
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MAP If you want one that's less preachy and more fun, you might try Riding Rockets by Mike Mullane. I'm reading it right now, so hopefully I'll have a review up in a couple of days.

Darkpool (protesting GR censorship) Looking forward to your review. I'm pretty sure that's already in my TBR list, but it's great to get a personal recommendation.

Jeremy I liked the historical aspects and the human factors in the story. Have to say the title nearly stopped me from considering it.

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