Select Bibliography

In addition to primary sources generated by NASA, I consulted hundreds of books, magazines, newspaper articles, websites, documentaries, films, audio recordings, photographs, and podcasts. I found value in nearly all of them, but I returned to the following time and again for their excellence, clarity, and breadth of information:


Borman, Frank. Countdown: An Autobiography. New York: William Morrow, 1988.

Chaikin, Andrew. A Man on the Moon: The Voyages of the Apollo Astronauts. New York: Penguin, 2007.

French, Francis, and Colin Burgess. In the Shadow of the Moon: A Challenging Journey to Tranquility, 1965– 1969. Lincoln and London: Univer-sity of Nebraska Press, 2007.

Kraft, Christopher. Flight: My Life in Mission Control. New York: Dutton, 2001.

Murray, Charles, and Catherine Bly Cox. Apollo: The Race to the Moon. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1989.

Siddiqi, Asif. Challenge to Apollo: The Soviet Union and the Space Race, 1945– 1974. alc Books, 2015.

Woods, W. David. How Apollo Flew to the Moon. 2nd ed. New York: Springer, 2011.

Zimmerman, Robert. Genesis: The Story of Apollo 8. New York: Basic Books, 1998.


The Apollo 8 Flight Journal (David Woods and Frank O’Brien)



Aviation Week & Space Technology (all 1968 issues)

Life (which had exclusive access to the astronauts and their families)

Documentaries and Videos

“Apollo 8 Reunion 2008— An Evening with the Apollo 8 Astronauts” (Annual John H. Glenn Lecture Series)

“Apollo 8 Reunion 2009” Cold War (24- episode television documentary, originally broadcast in the United States on CNN)

Race to the Moon: The Daring Adventure of Apollo 8 (American Experience— PBS / Indigo Studios 2005) (a brilliant animated explanation of Earthrise, narrated by Andrew Chaikin)