Dark Side of the Moon by Gerard DeGroot
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Dark Side of the Moon
By Gerard DeGroot

Dark Side of the Moon

The Magnificent Madness of the American Lunar Quest

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Dark Side of the Moon by Gerard DeGroot

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For a very brief moment during the 1960s, America was moonstruck. Every boy dreamed of being an astronaut; every girl dreamed of marrying one. 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. Drawing on meticulous archival research, DeGroot cuts through the propaganda peddled by the Eisenhower, Kennedy and Johnson administrations - not to mention the NASA spin doctors - and exposes the truth behind one of the most revered myths of American history.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781844138319
ISBN-10: 1844138313
Format: Paperback
(198mm x 129mm x 21mm)
Pages: 336
Imprint: Vintage
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Publish Date: 7-Feb-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Back in Blighty by Gerard DeGroot Back in Blighty, Paperback (April 2014)

World War One had a devastating, cataclysmic impact on the world and the British people. As its reverberations were so long-lasting and significant, it is easy to assume that the social consequences were as profound. This book presents the survey of life back at home during the First World War.

Dark Side of the Moon by Gerard DeGroot Dark Side of the Moon, Hardback (November 2006)

Reveals how NASA cashed in on Americans' thirst for heroes in an age of discontent and became obsessed with putting men in space. This work 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.

First World War by Gerard DeGroot First World War, Paperback (November 2000)

This work aims to explain World War I in a manner the lay person can understand, and more advanced readers will still find intriguing. The origins of the war, both diplomatic and social, are discussed and the reader is then taken through the major battles on the Eastern and Western Fronts.

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Author Biography - Gerard DeGroot

Born in California, Gerard DeGroot is Professor of Modern History at the University of St Andrews. He has written ten books on various aspects of twentieth-century history, most recently The Bomb: A Life, a history of nuclear weapons which won the 2004 RUSI Westminster Medal for Military Literature. He regularly contributes to national newspapers both in Britain and in the USA.

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