Earl Swift is a great writer who likes to shine a spotlight on out of the way places like Tangier Island and, now, the moon. His history of the lunar rover program takes us back to a period that now seems like an anomaly…a time when confident engineers and competent bureaucrats built something amazing that worked. Of course, lingering in the background are more troubling stories about connections to Nazi rocket engineering programs and institutional sexism, but you’ll also feel the joy. As always, Earl saves the best for last and the book ends on a huge high. It’s literally out of this world.
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