**THIS IS A GOLD CARD PROGRAM (see below for details)**
Join us for this free lecture made possible by a generous gift from the Rancho Mirage Writers Festival Foundation. On May 25, 1961 JFK made an astonishing announcement: his goal of putting a man on the moon by the end of the decade. In this engrossing, fast-paced epic, Douglas Brinkley returns to the 1960s to recreate one of the most exciting and ambitious achievements in the history of humankind. American Moonshot brings together the extraordinary political cultural, and scientific factors that fueled the birth and development of NASA and the Mercury, Gemini and Apollo projects, which shot the Untied States to victory in the space race against the Soviet Union at the height of the Cold War.
Drawing on new primary source material and major interviews with many of the surviving figures who were key to America's success, Brinkley brings this fascinating history to life as never before. American Moonshot is a portrait of the brilliant men and women who made this giant leap possible, the technology that enabled us to propel men beyond earth's orbit to the moon and return them safely, and the geopolitical tensions that spurred Kennedy to commit himself fully to this audacious dream.
Brinkley is the Katherine Tsanoff Brown Chair in Humanities and Professor of History at Rice University, the CNN Presidential Historian, and a contributing editor at Vanity Fair. The Chicago Tribune dubbed him "America's New Past Master." The New York Historical Society has chosen Brinkley their official U.S Presidential Historian. His recent book Cronkite won the Sperber Prize while The Great Deluge: Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans and the Mississippi Gulf Coast received the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award.
The first 400 people at this event will receive a FREE copy of American Moonshot
**All residents of Rancho Mirage and donors who contribute $100 or more annually to the Rancho Mirage Library and Observatory Foundation are eligible to receive a Gold Card. Gold Card holders can take advantage of priority seating for designated Gold Card events by arriving early. If you meet the qualifications and do not already have your card, simply visit the Library's circulation desk during open hours to pick it up.**