This high-drama history book describes moment-by-moment the excitement of the first moon landing. It explores the background and the aftermath of the moon landing on 20th July 1969, using this single event as a window on to a broader perspective of 20th century history. It looks at the race for space, building up to the actual lift-off, then tantalizingly asks, "what if it hadn't happened?" Throughout the book "moment-in-time" panels, which use quotes and primary sources, give the reader an impression of what it must have been like to be there. The final part of the book examines the legacy of the "day that shock the world" in terms of its impact on history.
Paul Mason is an experienced freelance writer and editor of a variety of children's information books.