Robert Kurson writes a real-life thriller in his newest work of nonfiction, Rocket Men.
Robert Kurson recently visited Reading Group Choices and took the time to answer a few questions. His newest book, Rocket Men, tells the riveting inside story of three heroic astronauts who took on the challenge of mankind’s historic first mission to the Moon.
Reading Group Choices: What book changed your life?
Robert Kurson: The Denial of Death by Ernest Becker
RGC: What book did you most recently recommend to someone else?
RK: Conspiracy by Ryan Holiday
Patrimony: A True Story by Philip Roth
RGC: What was your favorite book when you were a child?
RK: Sherlock Holmes stories by Arthur Conan Doyle
RGC: What book/s could you never part with? Think “stranded-on-a-desert-island” books.
RK: The Black Swan by Nassim Nicholas Taleb
Socratic Dialogues by Plato
Crime and Punishment by Dostoevsky
RGC: Were you ever embarrassed about a book you loved?
RGC: Do you have a favorite musician or genre of music?
RK: The Beatles and NRBQ
RGC: What do you wish you knew more about?
RK: The origin of the universe
RGC: Given the choice of anyone in the world, whom would you want as a dinner guest?
RK: Martin Rees (British cosmologist and astrophysicist)
RGC: Vinyl, cassette, CD or digital? Typewriter, notebook, tablet or computer?
RK: Digital / notebook / noise-cancelling headphones
RGC: What is your most meaningful place?
RK: Madison, WI – Memorial Union/lake path/Picnic Point
RGC: Can you share a favorite line from a creative work (book/play/film/song)?
RK: “That rug really tied the room together” – The Big Lebowski
RGC: What is something you know about or have heard about Madison or Wisconsin?
RK: The marzipan crullers melt in your mouth if you arrive at the Farmer’s Market before 8 a.m.