Real People/Real Stories Book Discussion: Rocket Men

Note special location for this meeting! We'll be in the Schell Room at the Williamsburg Library. 

This month we're reading Rocket Men. By August 1968, the American space program was in danger of failing in its two most important objectives: to land a man on the Moon by President Kennedy’s end-of-decade deadline, and to triumph over the Soviets in space. With its back against the wall, NASA made an almost unimaginable leap: It would scrap its usual methodical approach and risk everything on a sudden launch, sending the first men in history to the Moon—in just four months. And it would all happen at Christmas. In a year of historic violence and discord—the Tet Offensive, the assassinations of Martin Luther King, Jr., and Robert Kennedy, the riots at the Democratic National Convention in Chicago—the Apollo 8 mission would be the boldest, riskiest test of America’s greatness under pressure. In this gripping insider account drawn from hundreds of hours of one-on-one interviews and filled with vivid and unforgettable detail, Rocket Men is the definitive account of the singular bravery it took for mankind to leave Earth for the first time—and arrive at a new world.

We'll also be passing out copies of Spy Pilot, the title for our special June program. 

Real People/Real Stories looks for those “truth is stranger than fiction” stories. From lesser-known events in history to biographies of the famous and infamous, and from accessible science and nature writing to the arts, librarians will select outstanding titles guaranteed to take you into real places. We meet the 3rd Thursday of each month at the Stryker Center, starting at 2 pm.  Williamsburg Regional Library will provide titles beginning April 18.  If you can't find a copy on the shelves, check with the Adult Services reference desk to find out how to get yours.

Questions? Check with the Adult Services department at 757.259.4050.



Thursday, May 16, 2019 - 2:00pm


Event Room: 
Schell Room