A uniquely written story of America’s manned space program from WWII to the successful Apollo expeditions to the Moon. In an easy-to-read-and-understand style Brandon Brown has not only captured the salient facts, but more importantly, he’s captured the soul of what was arguably the most challenging and significant engineering accomplishment of the 20th century…the landing of humans on another celestial body a quarter million miles away and returning them safely to Earth. ... a great read for all audiences no matter what understanding of the Apollo era one might have. Although I’ve been involved in space activities since the early 1960’s as I read The Apollo Chronicles I learned things about “my era” that I never knew!
Brown handles complex concepts in relatable ways... has a personal connection to the story — his father was an Apollo engineer — and he deftly documents its human dimensions... quite insightful.
Brandon Brown is a thoroughly engaging storyteller, trenchant, balanced, funny, and enlightening... His generous and reader-friendly explanations of scientific discoveries are consistently accessible. Most importantly, he has an understanding for human frailties and human brilliance. These chronicles will astound you.
Brown, a physicist whose father worked on the project, takes us leap by leap through the 1960s, ... peppers his account with on-the-ground details of how engineers dealt with unexpected problems.
If your reading preference is more historical narrative than technical manual, ‘The Apollo Chronicles’ might light your fuse... entertaining and accessible... concludes with a thought-provoking observation on the heritage of the Apollo engineers.
This very balanced and informative book tells the story of share croppers’ sons, coal miners’ sons, and others from all walks of life, coming together to make miracles. It is an excellent addition to the collection of space history.
Keeps the flavor of the 1960s, strips out all the technical mumbo jumbo, and follows the obsessive lives and work of NASA’s hard-working engineers. The book includes new interviews and reflects back on the wonder at how the United States was able to meet JFK’s challenge.