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

 
Submitted by Batavia Public Library

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.

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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