Dark Side of the Moon: The Magnificent Madness of the American Lunar Quest
by Gerard J. deGroot
Review by Paul Haggerty
New York University Press Hardcover ISBN/ITEM#: 0814719953
Date: November, 2006 List Price $29.95 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Article /
Gerard J. DeGroot claims in the preface that he wanted to write a book on the space program as a antidote for the toxic environment he suffered in while writing his previous book about nuclear weapons. Unfortunately, instead of heroes, he found more opportunists, liars, schemers, and lots of corporate greed. Dark Side of the Moon is a story of the story behind the story of the quest for the Moon; one with heros and villains aplenty. From official release/information:
From back of book: For a very brief moment during the 1960s, America was moonstruck. Boys dreamed of being astronauts; girls dreamed of marrying them. Americans drank Tang, bought "space pens" that wrote upside down, wore clothes made of Mylar, and took imaginary rockets to the Moon from theme parks scattered around the country.
Dark Side of the Moon explains why the American space program has been caught in a state of purposeless wandering ever since Neil Armstrong descended from Apollo 11 and stepped onto the moon.
(Source: New York University Press)