'One Book, One Batavia' selection is about the 'Rocket Men' of Apollo 8

Submitted by Batavia Public Library
Updated 1/15/2019 7:49 PM

The annual community-wide reading program, "One Book, One Batavia," is presented by the Batavia Public Library and co-sponsored by the Friends of the Batavia Public Library.

"Rocket Men: The Daring Odyssey of Apollo 8 and the Astronauts Who Made Mankind's First Journey to the Moon" by Robert Kurson is the "One Book, One Batavia" 2019 selection.

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Kurson's book recounts the thrilling story of four months in the space race. 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.

On Tuesday, Feb. 12, adults are invited to discuss the book at 7:30 p.m. and to attend a presentation by author Robert Kurson at 7 p.m. Monday, March 18.

More "One Book, One Batavia" programs will take place in March and April.

For information, visit www.bataviapubliclibrary.org.

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