BOOK REVIEW: Giant steps towards those first steps on the moon
Three books reflect on the first moon landing in July 1969
Think of the turbulent decades in the US that enveloped the 1969 moon landing: the 1950s, with protests at racial segregation; the 1960s, a time of sexual revolution, assassinations and riots; the 1970s, the denouement of the Vietnam war.
Amid this unsettling chronological sweep, the Apollo 11 mission and its historic moon walk has taken on the feel of a single, unifying moment. It is as if, Charles Fishman writes in One Giant Leap, “on a summer day in 1969, three men climbed into a rocket, flew to the moon, pulled on their spacesuits, took one small step, planted the American flag, and then came home”.