For the Wall Street Journal, he named a five best list of insider accounts of the Apollo moon landings. One title on his list:
Rocket BoysRead about another book on Schmitt's list.
by Homer Hickam Jr.
The motivation of many of the young men who became miracle workers for Apollo began with the launch of Sputnik I in October 1957 by the Soviet Union. I know that my interest in space began at that point. So did Homer Hickam’s. His “Rocket Boys” (later released as “October Sky,” after the title of a 1999 movie based on the book) vividly describes his roots in West Virginia coal-mining country and his post-Sputnik attempts during high school to build and launch small rockets. Hickam went on to become an engineer and was part of the Saturn V rocket team that launched 27 astronauts to the moon. His story was typical of Apollo veterans across the country.