This account of the American space effort, centered at Cape Canaveral/Kennedy, reviews a classic chapter in our history. But indeed a chapter larded with pounds of heroics and heartaches and tons of headaches. Triumph and tragedy competed--the fact that we are alive indicates nothing worse than a dangerous liaison. This is a book more designed for your children and grandchildren than for you. We, who have lived to see radio and TV become real, take interstellar travel for granted, this breakthrough needs spelling out for the next generation. It's all here--from the earliest effort to the climactic opening chapter on the first trip to the moon. The details are attractive; a missile hangar is four times the size of a football field; when a transporter moves 12 million pounds of missiles it must carry its burden within a half inch of absolute level....See you on the moon.