Moondust: In Search of the Men Who Fell to Earth

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The Apollo lunar missions of the 1960s and 1970s have been called the last optimistic acts of the twentieth century. Twelve astronauts made this greatest of all journeys and were indelibly marked by it, for better or for worse. Journalist Andrew Smith tracks down the nine surviving members of this elite group to find their answers to the question "Where do you go after you've been to the Moon?"

A thrilling blend of history, reportage, and memoir, Moondust rekindles the hopeful excitement of an incandescent hour in America's past and captures the bittersweet heroism of those who risked everything to hurl themselves out of the known world -- and who were never again quite able to accept its familiar bounds.

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Andrew Smith has worked as a critic and feature writer for the Sunday Times, the Guardian, The Observer, and The Face. He was born in the United States and lives in Norwich, England.

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“Splendid!” (Arthur C. Clarke, author 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY)

“Moondust is an inspired idea, immaculately executed: witty, affectionate, completely captivating.” (WORD magazine)

“Highly entertaining...[Smith’s] superb book is a fitting tribute to a unique band of 20th-century heroes.” (GQ)

“Fascinating...We know what happened inside the Apollo, but what went on inside the astronauts’ minds? Extremely thought-provoking.” (J. G. Ballard, author of Empire of the Sun and Memories of the Space Age)

“[A] fascinating book... [Smith’s] humour is underpinned by a sense of extreme danger.” (Mail on Sunday, Book of the Week (four stars))

“A rich mix of cultural history, reportage and personal reflection.” (Evening Standard)

“Forget flower power, the Beatles and Beach Boys...what made the 1960s an unforgettable decade was the conquest of space.” (The Guardian, Best Books of the Season)

“A crisply dramatic account.” (Sunday Telegraph)

“An extraordinary book...as profoundly as any work of philosophy.” (Uncut (UK), four stars)

“A wonderful collective biography written with deftness, compassion and humour.” (The Observer)

‘Utterly gripping. Smith is both sympathetic and bracingly unsentimental.” (Daily Mail (London))

‘Enthralling...Smith is an ideal narrator: sharp-eyed yet increasingly affectionate about his subjects.” (Financial Times)

“Riveting...so vivid you can almost smell the suburban lawns.” (Time Out London)

“Spellbinding...a provocative meditation on lunar travel and humanity’s relation to space.” (Business Week)

“A wild ride swerving between then and now.” (Richmond Times Dispatch)

“Smith’s book succeeds...because he bungee-cords together so many intriguing digressions.” (New York Times)

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