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by Gerard J. De Groot

Author: Gerard J. De Groot
Subcategory: World
Language: English
Publisher: Jonathan Cape (February 1, 2007)
Pages: 336 pages
Category: History
Rating: 4.9
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A selection of the History, Scientific American, and Quality Paperback Book Clubs For .

A selection of the History, Scientific American, and Quality Paperback Book Clubs For a very brief moment during the 1960s. In honour of the 40th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing I took the book off the shelf and started reading it, beginning with the author's preface. What a disappointment. This book is anything but objective. DeGroot has a very clear agenda. Putting men in space was an immensely expensive distraction of little scientific or cultural worth.

A selection of the History, Scientific American, and Quality Paperback Book ClubsFor a very brief moment during the 1960s . to use Buzz Aldrin’s words: a sterile rock of no purpose to anyone.

A selection of the History, Scientific American, and Quality Paperback Book ClubsFor a very brief moment during the 1960s, America was moonstruck. In Dark Side of the Moon, Gerard J. DeGroot reveals how NASA cashed in on the Americans’ thirst for heroes in an age of discontent and became obsessed with putting men in space. The moon mission was sold as a race which America could not afford to lose. Landing on the moon, it was argued, would be good for the economy, for politics, and for the soul.

Exposing the truth behind one of the most revered fictions of American history, Dark Side of the Moon explains .

Exposing the truth behind one of the most revered fictions of American history, Dark Side of the Moon explains why the American space program has been caught in a state of purposeless wandering ever since Neil Armstrong descended from Apollo 11 and stepped onto the moon. The effort devoted to the space program was indeed magnificent and its cultural impact was profound, but the purpose of the program was as desolate and dry as lunar dust. Gerard J. DeGroot is professor of modern history at the University of St. Andrews, in Scotland. He is the author of ten books, most recently The Bomb: A Life, which won the prestigious Westminster Medal for the best book on a war or military topic. to use Buzz Aldrin's words: a sterile rock of no purpose to anyone. DeGroot reveals how NASA cashed in on the Americans' thirst for heroes in an age of discontent and became obsessed with putting men in space. It could even win the Cold War.

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But despite the best efforts of a generation of scientists, the almost foolhardy heroics of the astronauts, and 35 billion dollars, the moon turned out to be a place of 'magnificent desolation', to use Buzz Aldrin's words

But despite the best efforts of a generation of scientists, the almost foolhardy heroics of the astronauts, and 35 billion dollars, the moon turned out to be a place of 'magnificent desolation', to use Buzz Aldrin's words. In Dark Side of the Moon, Gerard DeGroot reveals how NASA cashed in on the Americans' thirst for heroes in an age of discontent and became obsessed with putting a man on the moon, in the process limiting what could be acheived in space.

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