Dark Side of the Moon


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Gripping, packed with anecdotes, brilliantly researched and beautifully written, the story of how a nation went mad in its quest to put a man on the moon.

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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.


A canny academic's take on the real reason behind America's obsession with beating the Soviets to the Moon, and the absurdity of what they found

Annoyingly thorough and readable
*The Times*

DeGroot gets off to a terrific start: his prose is punchy, his contentions startling, his indignation palpable
*Sunday Telegraph*

It can't be denied that beyond the dingy politicking, lunatic number-crunching and slide-rule stuff, there was something grand about the US space programme. DeGroot's achievement is to have preserved that, even as he exposes the dark side
*Sunday Herald*

An elegant contribution to the history of the space age. For space nuts who think Apollo is all about heroism, it should be compulsory reading
*Sunday Times*

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