No achievement deines the second half of the 20th Century more than America's historic moon landing on July 21st 1969 when Neil Armstrong uttered his immortal words.Here for the first time is a full account of the space race from the end of the second world war to that epochal moment.In 1963, a young reporter named Jim Schefter was given a dream job: to cover America's race to the moon. Since astronauts were under contract to LIFE, Schefter's employer, he was given unparalleled access to the lives of all the players at NASA. For P.R reasons he could only report a fraction of what he saw then. Now, at least, he can tell it all.This true, behind-the-scenes tale is more thrilling, entertaining and ultimately, more enobling than the 'official' version which has been gospel for thirty years now. Trusted by the astronauts and mission controllers who wanted the real story passed on to history, Schefter was given access to NASA archives and the personal papers of many of the participants, both Russian and American.THE RACE deftly brings to life a more innocent, heroic era in all its bravado and complexity, proving that the race to the moon was anything but the smooth journey of popular imagination.
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