Apollo 8: The Thrilling Story of the First Mission to the Moon by Jeffrey Kluger

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"In the superbly capable hands of Jeffrey Kluger, the little known story of Apollo 8 bursts vividly to life. I couldn't put it down."—KEN BURNS

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In August 1968, NASA made a bold decision: in just sixteen weeks, the United States would launch humankind’s first flight to the moon. Meanwhile, the Russians were winning the space race, the Cold War was getting hotter by the month, and President Kennedy’s promise to put a man on the moon by the end of the decade seemed sure to be broken. But when Frank Borman, Jim Lovell and Bill Anders were summoned to a secret meeting and told of the dangerous mission, they instantly signed on.

The full story of Apollo 8 has never been told, and only Jeffrey Kluger—Jim Lovell’s co-author on their bestselling book about Apollo 13—can do it justice. Here is the tale of a mission that was both a calculated risk and a wild crapshoot, a stirring account of how three American heroes forever changed our view of the home planet.

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VIDEO

Jeffrey Kluger discusses Apollo 8 with his editor John Sterling.

The Importance of the Apollo 8 Misson

The Astronauts and the Odds of Success

The Far Side of the Moon

The Story Behind the Earthrise Photograph

Commander Frank Borman

Jim Lovell and Apollo 13

The Future of Space Travel

THE VOYAGE OF APOLLO 8

The Voyage of Apollo 8

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Jeffrey Kluger
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Jeffrey Kluger is the author of several books, including Apollo 13 (originally published as Lost Moon) and The Sibling Effect. As a science editor and senior writer for Time for more than two decades, he has written more than forty cover stories for the magazine. He lives in New York City.

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Apollo 8: The Thrilling Story of the First Mission to the Moon by Jeffrey Kluger