One Giant Leap: The Impossible Mission That Flew Us to the Moon

One Giant Leap The Impossible Mission That Flew Us to the Moon The remarkable story of the trailblazers and the ordinary Americans on the front lines of the epic mission to reach the moon President John F Kennedy astonished the world on May when he anno

  • Title: One Giant Leap: The Impossible Mission That Flew Us to the Moon
  • Author: Charles Fishman
  • ISBN: 1501106295
  • Page: 136
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The remarkable story of the trailblazers and the ordinary Americans on the front lines of the epic mission to reach the moon.President John F Kennedy astonished the world on May 25, 1961, when he announced to Congress that the United States should land a man on the Moon by 1970 No group was surprised than the scientists and engineers at NASA, who suddenly had less t The remarkable story of the trailblazers and the ordinary Americans on the front lines of the epic mission to reach the moon.President John F Kennedy astonished the world on May 25, 1961, when he announced to Congress that the United States should land a man on the Moon by 1970 No group was surprised than the scientists and engineers at NASA, who suddenly had less than a decade to invent space travel.When Kennedy announced that goal, no one knew how to navigate to the Moon No one knew how to build a rocket big enough to reach the Moon, or how to build a computer small enough and powerful enough to fly a spaceship there No one knew what the surface of the Moon was like, or what astronauts could eat as they flew there On the day of Kennedy s historic speech, America had a total of fifteen minutes of spaceflight experience with just five of those minutes outside the atmosphere Russian dogs had time in space than U.S astronauts Over the next decade, than 400,000 scientists, engineers, and factory workers would send 24 astronauts to the Moon Each hour of space flight would require one million hours of work back on Earth to get America to the Moon on July 20, 1969.Fifty years later, One Giant Leap is the sweeping, definitive behind the scenes account of the furious race to complete one of mankind s greatest achievements It s a story filled with surprises from the item the astronauts almost forgot to take with them the American flag , to the extraordinary impact Apollo would have back on Earth, and on the way we live today.Charles Fishman introduces readers to the men and women who had to solve 10,000 problems before astronauts could reach the Moon From the research labs of MIT, where the eccentric and legendary pioneer Charles Draper created the tools to fly the Apollo spaceships, to the factories where dozens of women sewed spacesuits, parachutes, and even computer hardware by hand, Fishman captures the exceptional feats of these ordinary Americans One Giant Leap is the captivating story of men and women charged with changing the world as we knew it their leaders, their triumphs, their near disasters, all of which led to arguably the greatest success story, and the greatest adventure story, of the twentieth century Get A Copy Kindle Store 14.99 StoresAudibleBarnes NobleWalmart eBooksApple BooksGoogle PlayAbebooksBook DepositoryAlibrisIndigoBetter World BooksIndieBoundLibraries Hardcover, 480 pages Expected publication September 11th 2019 by Simon Schuster first published June 11th 2019 More Details ISBN 1501106295 ISBN13 9781501106293 Other Editions 9 All Editions Add a New Edition Combine Less Detail Edit Details Friend Reviews To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up Reader QA To ask other readers questions about One Giant Leap, please sign up

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    Lists with This Book History Published in Year 2019 197 books 39 voters More lists with this book Community Reviews Showing 1 30 4.23 Rating details 349 ratings 63 reviews All LanguagesEnglish 60 Suomi 1 More filters Sort order Aug 07, 2019 Peter Mcloughlin rated it it was amazing Shelves 00000good things, coldwar, european history, intellectual history, 1990 to 2019, american history, astronomy, economics, general science, politics Excellent history of the Apollo program to land a man on the moon It covers with a great deal of detail not only the political aspects of the program but many of the technological details of the program The jokes when I was a kid in the 1970s was that the moonshot gave us spin offs like tang or later velcro actually were not products of the space program but were products around before sputnik However, what was a major spinoff is the integrated computer chip that powers my laptop and just abo Excellent history of the Apollo program to land a man on the moon It covers with a great deal of detail not only the political aspects of the program but many of the technological details of the program The jokes when I was a kid in the 1970s was that the moonshot gave us spin offs like tang or later velcro actually were not products of the space program but were products around before sputnik However, what was a major spinoff is the integrated computer chip that powers my laptop and just about every piece of electronics today for most of the decade, Nasa and the airforce were the sole purchases of this infant technology Without government contracts buying up these chips, this industry might have been strangled in the crib The achievement was extraordinary The author puts up a good case for the importance of this project for the US and the world Wish our country had that kind of optimism to solve problems and get stuff done today.A youtube video on the Saturn V guidance computer flag 9 likesLike see review Aug 09, 2019 Jay Pruitt rated it it was amazing Shelves all time favorites No other act of human exploration ever laid a plaque saying We come in peace for all mankind Neil deGrasse Tyson Released to coincide with the 50 year anniversary of the historic Apollo 11 moon walk, One Giant Leap tells the story of how a nation is challenged to do the impossible As a young boy with his model Saturn V rocket and detachable lunar module in hand, I was among the 600 MILLION viewers who stayed up until 11pm on July 20, 1969 to see Neil Armstrong take a giant leap for mankind No other act of human exploration ever laid a plaque saying We come in peace for all mankind Neil deGrasse Tyson Released to coincide with the 50 year anniversary of the historic Apollo 11 moon walk, One Giant Leap tells the story of how a nation is challenged to do the impossible As a young boy with his model Saturn V rocket and detachable lunar module in hand, I was among the 600 MILLION viewers who stayed up until 11pm on July 20, 1969 to see Neil Armstrong take a giant leap for mankind Nations from around the globe, particularly free nations who opposed communism, cheered the astronauts on However, few realize the daunting challenges which were overcome to make this event happen This book does an amazing job of laying it all out there, without getting bogged in technicalities In the early 1960s, on the heel of embarrassments of Russia being the first country to venture into space, as well as the Bay of Pigs fiasco in Cuba, JFK stuck out his political neck by challenging the US to put a man on the moon before 1970 We know from private tapes that JFK actually had little interest in space exploration However, he felt very strongly that America couldn t afford to let the communists plant the first flag on the moon We must remember that many nations, particularly in Asia and South America, were on the fence in deciding between communism and democracy JFK took on this costly endeavor, despite opposition within his own Democratic party which preferred that the billions be spent on domestic needs.Then there was the technology When JFK announced the mission, none were surprised than NASA Russian canines had spacetime experience than Americans We didn t have the rockets, launchpads, spacesuits or computers which would need to be designed We did have Wernher von Braun, the famous Nazi rocket engineer But no one could fathom what it would take to send a rocket to the moon, land on the moon, take off from the moon, and land on earth Each of these required massive amounts of fuel In fact, you needed fuel to lift the massive tanks of fuel out of the atmosphere Then a clever, but ridiculed, NASA engineer came up with the notion of Lunar Orbit Rendezvous LOR , which allowed huge weight fuel savings Then there was designing a computer required to make complicated orbital mechanics calculations Keep in mind that at the time this was all being designed, 96% of Americans were still using rotary dial phones Few people had actually flown in an airplane, as commercial airlines were just being formed Computers were the size of rooms NASA wanted one which would fit into a one foot cube Software was unsophisticated This was the age of transistor tubes So, NASA programmed with hardware for every 0 or 1 of a program, there was a wire needed over 500,000 in total , all weaved together in a complicated nest by a specially trained group of women Space navigation was an unknown skill Orbital rendezvous, in particular, was counterintuitive Unlike what pilots were accustomed to, aiming your vessel at on orbiting spaceship and applying rocket force to narrow the gap generally has the opposite effect Ironically, the correct maneuver would likely be to instead slow down, which drops you into a lower orbit and caused your vessel to speed up This is above my pay grade.Then there s the political will of a nation, weary of Vietnam and struggling with civil rights Ironically, if JFK wasn t assassinated, it s likely we wouldn t have landed on the moon The death of our fallen president become the rally cry to achieving his goal One Giant Leap brings the climate of the times and the challenges of this goal to life Thanks to NetGalley and Simon Schuster for the opportunity to give my unbiased review of this excellent book flag 10 likesLike see review Jul 02, 2019 Patricia rated it it was amazing I loved reading this book The explanation of the science and will to succeed that led to the moon landings is enhanced by the context of history, before, during and after the Apollo years I was almost 10 years old at the time of Apollo 11 and I remember staying up late to watch the landing on TV This book illuminates many things I was too young to understand at the time and makes a great argument for regarding the Apollo mission as an amazing success Highly recommended flag 5 likesLike see review Jul 15, 2019 Josh rated it really liked it One Giant Leap The Impossible Mission That Flew Us to the Moon by Charles Fishman is a book that chronicles the Apollo program responsible for the manned lunar landing in the late 1960s One Giant Leap is a tour de force, covering everything from the social and civil unrest which serves as the backdrop to the story, to the behind the scenes politics leading to the conception and funding of the Apollo program, and complete with a deep technical introspective into the challenges and solutions in One Giant Leap The Impossible Mission That Flew Us to the Moon by Charles Fishman is a book that chronicles the Apollo program responsible for the manned lunar landing in the late 1960s One Giant Leap is a tour de force, covering everything from the social and civil unrest which serves as the backdrop to the story, to the behind the scenes politics leading to the conception and funding of the Apollo program, and complete with a deep technical introspective into the challenges and solutions in making it a reality It can be easy to forget that the development of any piece of technology is performed by engineers The Apollo program was no exception and One Giant Leap covers the human element superbly One key technical consideration chronicled by One Giant Leap was that of the Rendezvous It was not feasible to have a monolithic spacecraft perform the entire mission It must be broken down into smaller sections, but where and when these pieces would separate and recombine was major point of contention within NASA One Giant Leap adroitly covers this topic and its resolution Like the Apollo program itself, One Giant Leap is not without its blemishes Most glaringly is the large amount of repetition between chapters For example, the interference caused by the lunar landing radar is described in depth multiple times which appears to be an editing oversight Also, the MIT guidance and control computer is given the lion s share of the technical spotlight which should have been spread over a broader set of the Apollo systems and components One Giant Leap is an excellent read which serves as a sobering reminder If we can put a man on the moon, what problem is really to large to overcome flag 4 likesLike see review Jun 14, 2019 Julie rated it really liked it Shelves vine, own, non fiction Having so recently read Shoot for the Moon by James Donovan, there will be a few comparisons, but overall, these were very different books SftM was a linear narrative and I was emotionally vested, where OGL was much technical and political The first chapter introduces the world to the decade in which the space program was born The eight years from Kennedy s speech to Armstrong s first steps were as transformative as any eight year period in post World War II American history The dawn Having so recently read Shoot for the Moon by James Donovan, there will be a few comparisons, but overall, these were very different books SftM was a linear narrative and I was emotionally vested, where OGL was much technical and political The first chapter introduces the world to the decade in which the space program was born The eight years from Kennedy s speech to Armstrong s first steps were as transformative as any eight year period in post World War II American history The dawn of the 1960 s saw technology associated with military applications, but NASA would change that The race to the Moon took developments and technologies and trends and magnified them, accelerated them, and helped make their significance and value clear well beyond space travel As I said, the narrative doesn t take us from the beginning of the decade through the end of Apollo Rather, each chapter addresses different components or problems that needed to be solved and the individuals who contributed to Apollo s success And throughout it all is the immediacy to beat the Russians in the space race Americans don t associate the Moon landings with the Cold War or see them as a dramatic victory over the Soviet Union But the race to the Moon was born in the Cold War and wouldn t have happened when it did, with the urgency it did, without it I would say the main theme was how much NASA influenced the technology we have come to take for granted today There is an entire chapter devoted to the intricacies of the computer and its development The Apollo computer had.000002 percent of the computing capacity of the phone in your pocket two millionths of 1 percent Yet at the time it was the most sophisticated computer ever built The impact NASA had on integrated circuit chips alone is astounding In hindsight, it s hard to fathom that, The needs of a spaceship computer were just two or three years ahead of the sophisticated technology necessary to make it Of course, I loved the trivial tidbits that I read about I didn t realize that Playtex the bra company designed the space suits And did you know there was porn on the moon during Apollo 12 The anecdote about GM insisting on designing the lunar rover was cool considering it lead to the discovery of the Genesis Rock go ahead, Google it, it s fascinating.The book concluded by disputing the idea that the money spent on the space program could have been better spent on worthwhile things like fighting poverty or funding education In comparing it to the far expensive Vietnam War especially considering the cost of human life , Apollo was a success, where Vietnam was a failure It was a demonstration of American technological prowess, a demonstration of engineering and manufacturing excellence it was a reminder of American economic power and also American determination I appreciate that Shoot for the Moon gave me background on the program prior to reading this because it helped me to better grasp the intricacies that One Great Leap presented.I received a complimentary copy of this book via the Vine program flag 3 likesLike see review View 1 comment Aug 13, 2019 Nathalie rated it really liked it I really liked the chapters written about technical and behind the scene stuff for example, Apollo Guidance Computer, the Lunar Module, the rover However, the first three chapters are about the social and political environment which led President Kennedy to announce that the USA will put a man on the moon before the end of the 60s To me, it seemed that there was a lot of repetition on those first chapters that could have been summarized better In short, a very interesting read about Ap I really liked the chapters written about technical and behind the scene stuff for example, Apollo Guidance Computer, the Lunar Module, the rover However, the first three chapters are about the social and political environment which led President Kennedy to announce that the USA will put a man on the moon before the end of the 60s To me, it seemed that there was a lot of repetition on those first chapters that could have been summarized better In short, a very interesting read about Apollo flag 2 likesLike see review Jul 06, 2019 Robyn Harrison rated it really liked it So many things I either didn t know or had forgotten about this time in history It certainly left me with a lot to think about flag 2 likesLike see review Jul 19, 2019 Joshpherigo rated it really liked it Landing human beings on the surface of the moon is such an unfathomable achievement that even today, 50 years after it happened, the event has an almost science fiction surrealism to it When we want to convey the sharpest critique of our failings on Earth we invoke our greatest achievement in space by calling on the phrase if we can go to the moon, we should be able to And isn t that odd Shouldn t our space travel capability be so far advanced now, half a century later, that we look back Landing human beings on the surface of the moon is such an unfathomable achievement that even today, 50 years after it happened, the event has an almost science fiction surrealism to it When we want to convey the sharpest critique of our failings on Earth we invoke our greatest achievement in space by calling on the phrase if we can go to the moon, we should be able to And isn t that odd Shouldn t our space travel capability be so far advanced now, half a century later, that we look back on the Apollo missions with a kind of whimsical nostalgia Pride, sure But shouldn t it be something akin to watching the Wright Brothers flight at Kitty Hawk and thinking my, how far we ve come With the moon landings its different Five decades on, we ve yet to do better than the awkward, spider like lunar lander and puffy white space suits In One Giant Leap, author Charles Fishman explores how our leap to the moon manages to exist in the American consciousness as both our most iconic achievement and because of our inability to move beyond it as a lasting letdown flag 2 likesLike see review Jul 09, 2019 Dennis Garone rated it really liked it Now that I ve reached the age when I am in the minority of humanity that actually lived the moon landing I needed an inspiration to truly revive my enjoyment and awe of the accomplishment.The author reminds us of the ultimate goal that was a perfect storm of Cold War, paranoia, scientific and cutting edge technology and the journey s amazing place in history Living through the Mercury Gemini Apollo programs I was living the dream as a kid, building the models and corresponding with Gordon Coope Now that I ve reached the age when I am in the minority of humanity that actually lived the moon landing I needed an inspiration to truly revive my enjoyment and awe of the accomplishment.The author reminds us of the ultimate goal that was a perfect storm of Cold War, paranoia, scientific and cutting edge technology and the journey s amazing place in history Living through the Mercury Gemini Apollo programs I was living the dream as a kid, building the models and corresponding with Gordon Cooper one of the astronauts Fishbern sets the moon landing in context of social, political and educational standards and teaches us the why we went so fast, and so insistently Great read for those who lived it and a great historical recap of one of our great achievements flag 2 likesLike see review Aug 08, 2019 Realms Robots rated it it was amazing One Giant Leap tells the story of the moon landing from a behind the scenes perspective, leaving the big picture plot points behind for the nitty gritty details many of us are unaware of To say the trip to the Moon was a difficult task would be an understatement The narrative shows the moon landing as one of those impossible tasks your overbearing boss sets for you, assuming you can complete it in a quarter of the necessary time, on budget and in a race with your primary competitor It s a fas One Giant Leap tells the story of the moon landing from a behind the scenes perspective, leaving the big picture plot points behind for the nitty gritty details many of us are unaware of To say the trip to the Moon was a difficult task would be an understatement The narrative shows the moon landing as one of those impossible tasks your overbearing boss sets for you, assuming you can complete it in a quarter of the necessary time, on budget and in a race with your primary competitor It s a fascinating take on a story that has become the most behemoth American legend since the revolution.I was most impressed with the author s juxtaposition of American culture alongside the complexities of creating a space program from scratch We ve heard all about the takeoff, the first steps, and the flag going into the ground, but it s hard to grasp the feeling of the nation as these things were taking place It was one of the most volatile times in our history, and the book highlights every detail of the public s unwillingness to support spaceflight in the middle of multiple wars and the every present threat of the Soviet Union We get a focus on Kennedy and the reasons why he was so adamant we make it to the moon and back We see the multiple advances in spaceflight prior to the moon landing along with the cultural mindset revolving around those events The race to space was a grueling journey against scientific capabilities, budgetary constraints, and a lack of public support It really is remarkable the space program every really took off.The author takes the story down to the personal level, often leaving behind the major players to focus on the many men and women who worked countless hours to make the mission happen We get the perspective of the spacesuit designers and their anxiety as the astronauts hopped around in their brand new suits We learn about the horrors of a missing hyphen and how it can destroy an exorbitantly expensive spaceship Above all, we see how hard people worked and how that teamwork made the biggest difference in the end.Overall, One Giant Leap is an excellent look at what it takes to complete an impossible journey to an impossible destinationTE I was provided a free copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for my honest, unbiased review flag 1 likeLike see review Apr 14, 2019 Jane rated it it was amazing One Giant Leap is a story of how and why the United States of America beat the Soviet Union to the moon It tells why by detailing the sociological, economic and political background during the 1950s into the 1960s that made the effort necessary The Cold War was a dominant factor in citizens consciousnessesand America was lagging behind their enemy Freedom or tyranny was at stake The writing is not pretentious Although well researched, the book is easy to follow and filled with lots of i One Giant Leap is a story of how and why the United States of America beat the Soviet Union to the moon It tells why by detailing the sociological, economic and political background during the 1950s into the 1960s that made the effort necessary The Cold War was a dominant factor in citizens consciousnessesand America was lagging behind their enemy Freedom or tyranny was at stake The writing is not pretentious Although well researched, the book is easy to follow and filled with lots of interesting facts, such as how many of the critical elements like astronauts space suits were sewn by hand, how the wire that carried the computer instructions was hand woven into the circuits, and how pictures of Playboy Playmates made the trip For this reader who lived through the period it was a wonderful refresher course of the history occurring in my younger yearsVietnam, civil rights, and the assassinations of Medgar Evers, the Kennedy brothers and Martin Luther King The book recounts the debate within the Kennedy administration, the meetings, the players, LBJ s role, how James Webb was selected to head NASA Once the decision was made the how do we do this questions began The technology simply didn t exist Weight was an issue because as the author points out it took three pounds of fuel to launch one pound of supplies Navigation problems had to be addressed, current computing capabilities had to be overcome The chapters on the development of an interactive computer and how to program it alone are worth the price of this book Methods to keep the astronauts alive going, during and returning had to be designedspacesuits, cabin atmosphere, the ability to rendezvous, a functional heat shield, the lunar lander and a vehicle to explore the moon s surface Focusing on the unsung engineers, mathematicians, suppliers, as well as the politics behind the Apollo project s ultimate success that seldom are showcased adds great depth to the biggest story of this reader s lifetime It was expensive, but was it worth the cost The last two scheduled missions were canceled because of budget concerns, so was all that expended effort worthwhile What exactly was gained I voluntarily reviewed an advance copy of this book Most highly recommend flag 1 likeLike see review Jul 30, 2019 Everydayreader1 rated it it was amazing review of another edition On May 25, 1961, President Kennedy announced, in a speech to a joint session of Congress, the commitment to land a man on the moon and return him safely to earth, before the decade was out Charles Fishman tells the remarkable journey of this effort, from beginning to end Audacious, some called President Kennedy s plan Others thought it was impossible Some thought it absolutely something we should do It s all here in this remarkable book, along with the stories of many at NASA, MIT and other On May 25, 1961, President Kennedy announced, in a speech to a joint session of Congress, the commitment to land a man on the moon and return him safely to earth, before the decade was out Charles Fishman tells the remarkable journey of this effort, from beginning to end Audacious, some called President Kennedy s plan Others thought it was impossible Some thought it absolutely something we should do It s all here in this remarkable book, along with the stories of many at NASA, MIT and other key players.

    I think this is perhaps the most remarkable space book I ve read It almost reads like a science fiction novel, except every word is true What really stands out to me is that when President Kennedy set landing on the moon in motion, no one really had a clear plan of how to do so, let alone the scientific know how, tools and technology to do this and yet so many talented men and women begin to develop these tools, computers, space vehicles everything needed all in less than a decade And, even remarkable, Mr Fishman explains how these developments not only put man on the moon and returned him safely to earth, but also ushered in the digital age I daresay, were it not for the space program, I would not be writing these comments today, or, perhaps, not even had the great pleasure to read this most excellent book in an accessible digital electronic format This, I think, will always fill me with such excitement and thankfulness And all the technology has been developed in my lifetime.

    I highly recommend this book Even if you do not have a particular interest in space travel, you will enjoy this book It is not just about space and the moon landing on July 20, 1969, it is about the tenacity of the human spirit to grow, expand and explore So many people came together to make the moon landings possible As Barack Obama said in 2008, Yes we can That s what we in America said when the decision to go for the moon was made Thank you, Mr Fishman, for preserving this remarkable story for us and future generations to read.

    flag 1 likeLike see review Jun 19, 2019 Zohar ManOfLaBook rated it it was amazing Shelves 2019 For reviews and bookish posts please visit Giant Leap The Impossible Mission That Flew Us to the Moon by Charles Fishman tells the story of the Americans who fought tooth and nail to accomplish the task of sending me to the moon, and bringing them safely back to Earth.I ve read many books about the space program, not nearly as much as other enthusiasts, but enough to hold on to a simple conversation Being that this year is the 50th anniversary of the moon la For reviews and bookish posts please visit Giant Leap The Impossible Mission That Flew Us to the Moon by Charles Fishman tells the story of the Americans who fought tooth and nail to accomplish the task of sending me to the moon, and bringing them safely back to Earth.I ve read many books about the space program, not nearly as much as other enthusiasts, but enough to hold on to a simple conversation Being that this year is the 50th anniversary of the moon landing, an event which to me is still as exciting as it was back then, there is a lot of material, much of it new to me being published.I had no idea what to expect from One Giant Leap The Impossible Mission That Flew Us to the Moon by Charles Fishman, I thought that it would be another book, rehashing to space program up to the mid 1970s, than complaining about the lack of advancement, than making a push for lunar exploration meteor excavation space tourism Mars mission.What I got instead was a behind the scenes stories of those that help get men to the moon, several cool anecdotes the American flag was an afterthought and the impact the space program had, which we feel to this day The extraordinary book starts with something that I ve been actually wandering about for a while what does the moon smell like This was my favorite part because I could imagine myself sitting with astronauts telling this very personal story.The author goes on to describe how NASA had to invent management processes for such a huge project, which involved up to 20,000 separate companies, all told from the perspective of a few people in upper management A very interesting, insightful, and readable section which could very easily be made into its own book.Even though people these days don t realize it, we all benefited from the space program, the book has a whole section which tells of the earthly accomplishments be it ball point pens of the sharp drop in computer chips which help usher in the digital age much quicker As in everything, there is the bad side as well, the huge amount of money spent on the space program could have been used elsewhere even though, that s not how it works , the book does not shy away from this issue either, and, while not discussing it in depth, at least acknowledges that it exists.More than anything, this book puts the Apollo mission in the social and political context of today s world The immense achievements we live with today, the inspiration of generations and management of large projects are just a few things which we owe to the space program flag 1 likeLike see review Jul 06, 2019 Marina rated it really liked it Shelves my car read me the book, blinded by science fact, historical This was the perfect book to read listen to at the perfect time Coming up on the 50th anniversary of the moon landing and there were A LOT of new publications to choose from and also the Apollo 11 astronaut themed puzzle room at my library I really liked how this book was separated into sections based on the necessary science, political, and national advances needed to succeed There were so many advancements in technology and science during that decade of racing to the moon it s amazing This was the perfect book to read listen to at the perfect time Coming up on the 50th anniversary of the moon landing and there were A LOT of new publications to choose from and also the Apollo 11 astronaut themed puzzle room at my library I really liked how this book was separated into sections based on the necessary science, political, and national advances needed to succeed There were so many advancements in technology and science during that decade of racing to the moon it s amazing I think the one aspect that amazed me the most was the drastic change in size and makeup of the computers used To be on board the command and lunar modules they had to be very weight conscious as well as making sure it had an almost 0% failure rate So it had to be made smaller and nimble Going from transistors to integrated circuits during that time was a huge risk and it paid off Not only did they keep testing and advancing the technology they made it affordable for regular people In the 10 years of progress, the chips used at MIT made by Texas Instruments started out at 1000 each and were all they way down to 1.58 in 1969 As the author states, this probably would have happened and we d still have our smartphones but would it have been farther in the future flag 1 likeLike see review Aug 18, 2019 Mathew Madsen rated it it was amazing I went in expecting a play by play of the events leading up to and surrounding Neal Armstrong s famous words, but I got so much One Giant Leap provides not only a good overview of the moon missions, but a fascinating behind the scenes look at 1960s era NASA as a whole From international geopolitical analysis and awe inspiring stories to plain old domestic politics and amusing anecdotes, this book has it all I learned a lot and came away with a new appreciation for everything it took to l I went in expecting a play by play of the events leading up to and surrounding Neal Armstrong s famous words, but I got so much One Giant Leap provides not only a good overview of the moon missions, but a fascinating behind the scenes look at 1960s era NASA as a whole From international geopolitical analysis and awe inspiring stories to plain old domestic politics and amusing anecdotes, this book has it all I learned a lot and came away with a new appreciation for everything it took to land the Eagle on the lunar surface.Through a coordinated effort of hundreds of thousands, NASA started from less than zero and ended up with a grand testament to the indomitable human spirit and desire to discover They didn t even know what they didn t know about what you needed to know to fly to the moon, but they learned The biggest thing I take from this book is that we as a country, and even as individuals, can do big, daunting things that appear impossible We need some of the spirit that drove Kennedy to say We choose to go to the moonand to do these other things not because they are easy, but because they are hard flag 2 likesLike see review Jul 17, 2019 Andrew rated it really liked it Shelves read 2019, audio, non fiction, list_npr Overall I thought this was a great read I learned lots of new facts about the program, and really enjoyed learned about many of the essential enabling technologies that aren t talked about as much e.g Draper s navigation system, Raytheon s core rope memory and the amazing computers and amazing personalities John Houbolt, Doc Draper, Bill Tindall The author had a tendency to repeat facts a few times n detail than I felt warranted I can se describing something and then making callback Overall I thought this was a great read I learned lots of new facts about the program, and really enjoyed learned about many of the essential enabling technologies that aren t talked about as much e.g Draper s navigation system, Raytheon s core rope memory and the amazing computers and amazing personalities John Houbolt, Doc Draper, Bill Tindall The author had a tendency to repeat facts a few times n detail than I felt warranted I can se describing something and then making callbacks to it But he often seemed to think we couldn t remember what made something important and would spend in my mind unnecessary time reviewing it some detail I thought the flag chapter was too long the engineering done to include was interesting but not worthy of a whole chapter I d have preferred he spent the same amount of detail on the rover instead Whereas I think his overall premise was good Apollo signaled the start of the digital age than anything else I felt the final chapter summed that up in an inconsistent fashion I would definitely recommend to anyone wishing to learn about the enabling tech on Apollo and why it ushered in digital age flag 1 likeLike see review Jun 10, 2019 Kathleen rated it it was amazing Shelves history, nonfiction On July 20, we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the moon landing And so I read Charles Fishman s brilliant new book, One Giant Leap The Impossible Mission That Flew Us to the Moon, a meticulously researched history entwined with vivid details that tell a fast paced story Fishman begins by telling us the moon has a smell After walking on the moon, the astronauts, Neil Armstrong and and Buzz Aldrin, noticed the dust they had tracked in smelled like wet ashes, or like a firecracker that ha On July 20, we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the moon landing And so I read Charles Fishman s brilliant new book, One Giant Leap The Impossible Mission That Flew Us to the Moon, a meticulously researched history entwined with vivid details that tell a fast paced story Fishman begins by telling us the moon has a smell After walking on the moon, the astronauts, Neil Armstrong and and Buzz Aldrin, noticed the dust they had tracked in smelled like wet ashes, or like a firecracker that had gone off.Did you know that John F Kennedy was, in some respects, responsible for the moon landing In 1961 he told reporters at a press conference that Americans would put a man on the moon by the end of the decade In part, this was a reaction to the Cold War space race Russians had just sent the first man into space, and Europeans were mocking the Americans Kennedy s advisors and NASA scientists had first confirmed to him that putting a man on the moon was the only way to beat the Russians.This was an incredible achievement In 1961 NASA had not done even the preliminary researh for travel to the moon, so hundreds of thousands of scientists, engineers, MIT geniuses, seamstresses, computer whizzes, craftsmen, and builders worked together The craftsmanship was prodigious The spaceship was built by hand, women were hired to knit the wires for the computer by hand, the Playtex bra company designed the space suits and women sewed them by hand , and the parachutes were also sewed by hand And eight years the first men landed on the moon.Fishman stresses that the Apollo missions had a revolutionary effect on the culture of the 60s, which simultaneously embraced rock music, the Civil Rights movement, the Women s movement, the environmental movement, protests against the war in Vietnam, science, science fiction, popular TV shows like Star Trek, Lost in Space, and Laugh in It was a time of daring and boldness, as well as a time of the terrible tragedies of the assassinations of JFK, Robert F Kennedy, and Martin Luther King.And NASA drove the computer chip business, which powered the space shuttle computers and drove the price of chips way down, which drove the market for home computers eventually The chips began to be used in electronic appliances Before Apollo 11, transistors were cheaper.The trip to the moon was hailed by some as thrilling and necessary, by others a waste of money But Fishman points out that the money spent on Apollo 11 would never have gone to the fighting of poverty and other important issues anyway.I learned so much from Fishman s book An excellent page turner flag 1 likeLike see review Aug 13, 2019 Nick Ertz rated it liked it This is than a history of the moon landing It places the feat in context and demonstrates the true value of the mission Fishman describes Kennedy s motivation for the challenge and how he drove everyone s commitment Keep members of NASA are also profiled for how the saved the mission The author takes time to discuss the value of the landing beyond the trite items like Tang and Technology He argues effectively that going to the moon was NOT an either or choice between the moon and pov This is than a history of the moon landing It places the feat in context and demonstrates the true value of the mission Fishman describes Kennedy s motivation for the challenge and how he drove everyone s commitment Keep members of NASA are also profiled for how the saved the mission The author takes time to discuss the value of the landing beyond the trite items like Tang and Technology He argues effectively that going to the moon was NOT an either or choice between the moon and poverty programs rather, it was a matter of giving the country a direction and a common goal Going to the moon was about leadership flag 1 likeLike see review Jul 02, 2019 Matt Day rated it really liked it The book was very in depth and I learned a great deal about the Apollo project The author was a tad repetitive in his facts I will say that I listen to the audio version of the book and sometimes audiobooks are heard differently than when they are read I was disappointed that time was not spent on the Apollo 13 mission As the author said, the Apollo 13 mission was a major accomplishment for NASA in the fact that all three astronauts were returned safely home I would have liked to have The book was very in depth and I learned a great deal about the Apollo project The author was a tad repetitive in his facts I will say that I listen to the audio version of the book and sometimes audiobooks are heard differently than when they are read I was disappointed that time was not spent on the Apollo 13 mission As the author said, the Apollo 13 mission was a major accomplishment for NASA in the fact that all three astronauts were returned safely home I would have liked to have heard how they did it flag 1 likeLike see review View all 4 comments Jun 19, 2019 Scott Martin rated it liked it 3.5 Stars Audiobook This book is one of many that has hit the shelves in the days months leading up to the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon Landings This work takes the approaches of trying to debunk or clarify much of the mythology and misconceptions surrounding the Apollo 11 mission To do that those, Fishman takes the reader on a survey of the history of US manned space flight, describing the advancements of the USSR and how it drove the US towards the goal of putting a man on the 3.5 Stars Audiobook This book is one of many that has hit the shelves in the days months leading up to the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon Landings This work takes the approaches of trying to debunk or clarify much of the mythology and misconceptions surrounding the Apollo 11 mission To do that those, Fishman takes the reader on a survey of the history of US manned space flight, describing the advancements of the USSR and how it drove the US towards the goal of putting a man on the moon Yet, such an endeavor was hardly an easy action For getting men on the moon, and being able to get them back safely, the US needed to develop new technologies, needed tons of money and a lot of political will to make it happen The US did, but it took a lot of work, and it was not always a certainty that the US could do it Kennedy didn t embrace space in the way his speeches did, the idea of using a lunar module was not a given, and the nation was not always all in on this quest Fishman does offer good insight and a lot of detailed stories Yet, he tends to jump around in the work He starts out chronological, but then will jump around to address various themes, discussing events and actions that occurred long after Apollo 11only to then go back to cover a different theme, and jump around in the chronological order This somewhat scattershot organization of the work could make it hard to follow at times, and weakens the overall rating The audiobook reader is solid, neither adding to or detracting from the work There are a plethora of books out there about Apollo 11 I don t know if I could say that this work falls under the cliche if you only read one book , but this is a solid read that will offer a good balance of technical, political and personal histories flag 1 likeLike see review Jul 23, 2019 Robert Carver rated it it was amazing review of another edition The best overview of Apollo yetFishman does an excellent job of digging down into the obscure details of the Apollo Program to bring us a fresh perspective on this historic effort He places Apollo in the context of its time and place in American history He provides great detail on what Apollo was and wasn t in an understandable and entertaining fashion If there is one book you should own as a fan of the space program, this is it flag 1 likeLike see review Jul 06, 2019 Pat rated it it was amazing I was impressed by this review of the Apollo mission It focuses on a few achievements behind the scenes rather than on a chronology of what happened with each flight How did President Kennedy choose a moon landing as a goal How did they develop the computers to fly to the moon Why did they choose the lunar orbit rendezvous as the way to land on the moon It also tries to answer the questions about whether the Apollo mission was worth the time and money spent on it Spoiler alert it wa I was impressed by this review of the Apollo mission It focuses on a few achievements behind the scenes rather than on a chronology of what happened with each flight How did President Kennedy choose a moon landing as a goal How did they develop the computers to fly to the moon Why did they choose the lunar orbit rendezvous as the way to land on the moon It also tries to answer the questions about whether the Apollo mission was worth the time and money spent on it Spoiler alert it was flag 1 likeLike see review Jul 20, 2019 JL rated it it was amazing One of the best books I ve read and I ve read many about Apollo 11, the Apollo missions, and the Space Age I learned several new details about the mission I hadn t known before Fascinating details above the development of the Apollo Guidance Computers, and the software within Covers the engineering, science and political geopolitical background Excellent flag 1 likeLike see review Jul 14, 2019 Michelle rated it really liked it Excellent It is amazing that we went to the moon so quickly No one had a clue about how to accomplish this My brothers and I stayed up to watch on tv Walter Cronkite told us how to set up our camera to take a picture of Armstrong s first step on the moon And, it worked I just wish I knew where that picture is It was an incredibly fantastic, exciting time flag 1 likeLike see review Jun 24, 2019 Trina rated it it was ok I couldn t quite give this three stars This book was not what I expected or wanted to read I believed it would be a chronology of the space race but it wasn t that While parts are very interesting and I learned from it, it was too long and ultimately I wouldn t recommend it flag 1 likeLike see review Aug 18, 2019 Christopher Backa rated it it was amazing review of another edition I really enjoyed this book The author puts the Apollo space program in historical context to its contemporary historical events as well as connecting our current digital world to the effects Apollo had on the world around it flag 1 likeLike see review Aug 08, 2019 Betsy rated it it was amazing Loved this book sometimes its not being in strict chronological order confused me, but still it is an awesome overview of the whole Apollo mission history I ve always been a space buff and this book did not disappoint flag 1 likeLike see review Aug 19, 2019 Brent Mckay rated it it was amazing Extremely interesting overview of the many logistical backstories to the Apollo program flag 1 likeLike see review Aug 08, 2019 Steve rated it it was amazing Wonderful flag 1 likeLike see review Jul 11, 2019 Vickie Backus rated it it was amazing well written and full of fun interesting facts great celebration of the program flag 1 likeLike see review previous 1 2 next new topicDiscuss This Book There are no discussion topics on this book yet Be the first to start one Share Recommend It Stats Recent Status Updates Genres History 35 users Nonfiction 33 users Science 18 users Space 14 users North American Hi American History 7 users Science Technology 6 users See top shelves About Charles Fishman Charles Fishman 36 followers As a reporter, Charles Fishman has tried to get inside organizations, both familiar and secret, and explain how they work.In the course of reporting about water to write The Big Thirst, Fishman has stood at the bottom of a half million gallon sewage tank, sampled water directly from the springs in San Pellegrino, Italy, and Poland Spring, Maine, and carried water on his head for 3 km with a group As a reporter, Charles Fishman has tried to get inside organizations, both familiar and secret, and explain how they work.In the course of reporting about water to write The Big Thirst, Fishman has stood at the bottom of a half million gallon sewage tank, sampled water directly from the springs in San Pellegrino, Italy, and Poland Spring, Maine, and carried water on his head for 3 km with a group of Indian villagers.Fishman s previous book, the New York Times bestseller The Wal Mart Effect, was the first to crack open Wal Mart s wall of secrecy, and has become the standard for understanding Wal Mart s impact on our economy and on how we live The Economist named it a book of the year Fishman is a former metro and national reporter for the Washington Post, and was a reporter and editor at the Orlando Sentinel and the News Observer in Raleigh, NC Since 1996, he has worked for the innovative business magazine Fast Company Fishman has won numerous awards, including three times receiving UCLA s Gerald Loeb Award, the most prestigious award in business journalism.Fishman grew up in Miami, Florida, and went to Harvard He lives outside Philadelphia with his wife, also a journalist, their two children, their two Labradors, and their two parakeets He likes his water from the refrigerator spigot, with ice, or splashing across the bow of a Sunfish Books by Charles Fishman More Trivia About One Giant Leap T No trivia or quizzes yet Add some now Quotes from One Giant Leap T What NASA did for semiconductor companies was teach them to make chips of near perfect quality, to make them fast, in huge volumes, and to make them cheaper, faster, and better with each year 1 likes Three times as many people worked on Apollo as on the Manhattan Project to create the atomic bomb 0 likes More quotes renderRatingGraph 155, 135, 47, 10, 2 if rating_details rating_detailssert top rating_graph Company About us Careers Terms Privacy Help Work with us Authors Advertise Authors ads blog API Connect 2019 , Inc Mobile version

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      As a reporter, Charles Fishman has tried to get inside organizations, both familiar and secret, and explain how they work.In the course of reporting about water to write The Big Thirst, Fishman has stood at the bottom of a half million gallon sewage tank, sampled water directly from the springs in San Pellegrino, Italy, and Poland Spring, Maine, and carried water on his head for 3 km with a group As a reporter, Charles Fishman has tried to get inside organizations, both familiar and secret, and explain how they work.In the course of reporting about water to write The Big Thirst, Fishman has stood at the bottom of a half million gallon sewage tank, sampled water directly from the springs in San Pellegrino, Italy, and Poland Spring, Maine, and carried water on his head for 3 km with a group of Indian villagers.Fishman s previous book, the New York Times bestseller The Wal Mart Effect, was the first to crack open Wal Mart s wall of secrecy, and has become the standard for understanding Wal Mart s impact on our economy and on how we live The Economist named it a book of the year Fishman is a former metro and national reporter for the Washington Post, and was a reporter and editor at the Orlando Sentinel and the News Observer in Raleigh, NC Since 1996, he has worked for the innovative business magazine Fast Company Fishman has won numerous awards, including three times receiving UCLA s Gerald Loeb Award, the most prestigious award in business journalism.Fishman grew up in Miami, Florida, and went to Harvard He lives outside Philadelphia with his wife, also a journalist, their two children, their two Labradors, and their two parakeets He likes his water from the refrigerator spigot, with ice, or splashing across the bow of a Sunfish

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    1. Excellent history of the Apollo program to land a man on the moon It covers with a great deal of detail not only the political aspects of the program but many of the technological details of the program The jokes when I was a kid in the 1970s was that the moonshot gave us spin offs like tang or later velcro actually were not products of the space program but were products around before sputnik However, what was a major spinoff is the integrated computer chip that powers my laptop and just abo Ex [...]


    2. No other act of human exploration ever laid a plaque saying We come in peace for all mankind Neil deGrasse Tyson Released to coincide with the 50 year anniversary of the historic Apollo 11 moon walk, One Giant Leap tells the story of how a nation is challenged to do the impossible As a young boy with his model Saturn V rocket and detachable lunar module in hand, I was among the 600 MILLION viewers who stayed up until 11pm on July 20, 1969 to see Neil Armstrong take a giant leap f [...]


    3. I loved reading this book The explanation of the science and will to succeed that led to the moon landings is enhanced by the context of history, before, during and after the Apollo years I was almost 10 years old at the time of Apollo 11 and I remember staying up late to watch the landing on TV This book illuminates many things I was too young to understand at the time and makes a great argument for regarding the Apollo mission as an amazing success Highly recommended.


    4. One Giant Leap The Impossible Mission That Flew Us to the Moon by Charles Fishman is a book that chronicles the Apollo program responsible for the manned lunar landing in the late 1960s One Giant Leap is a tour de force, covering everything from the social and civil unrest which serves as the backdrop to the story, to the behind the scenes politics leading to the conception and funding of the Apollo program, and complete with a deep technical introspective into the challenges and solutions in On [...]


    5. Having so recently read Shoot for the Moon by James Donovan, there will be a few comparisons, but overall, these were very different books SftM was a linear narrative and I was emotionally vested, where OGL was much technical and political The first chapter introduces the world to the decade in which the space program was born The eight years from Kennedy s speech to Armstrong s first steps were as transformative as any eight year period in post World War II American history The dawn Having so [...]


    6. I really liked the chapters written about technical and behind the scene stuff for example, Apollo Guidance Computer, the Lunar Module, the rover However, the first three chapters are about the social and political environment which led President Kennedy to announce that the USA will put a man on the moon before the end of the 60s To me, it seemed that there was a lot of repetition on those first chapters that could have been summarized better In short, a very interesting read about Ap I really [...]


    7. So many things I either didn t know or had forgotten about this time in history It certainly left me with a lot to think about


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