Synopses & Reviews
Thad Roberts, a fellow in a prestigious NASA program had an idea — a romantic, albeit crazy, idea. He wanted to give his girlfriend the moon. Literally.
Thad convinced his girlfriend and another female accomplice, both NASA interns, to break into an impregnable laboratory at NASA — past security checkpoints, an electronically locked door with cipher security codes, and camera-lined hallways — and help him steal the most precious objects in the world: the moon rocks.
But what does one do with an item so valuable that it's illegal even to own? And was Thad Roberts — undeniably gifted, picked for one of the most competitive scientific posts imaginable, a possible astronaut — really what he seemed?
Mezrich has pored over thousands of pages of court records, FBI transcripts, and NASA documents and has interviewed most of the participants in the crime to reconstruct this Ocean's Eleven
"[M]ovie-worthy treatment to the guy who stole moon rocks from NASA." The New York Daily News
"[An] in-depth look at Thad Roberts, who along with three other NASA interns, stole pieces of lunar rock to impress his girlfriend. Mezrich has done extensive research to recreate the story of how an aspiring astronaut ended up getting caught for stealing over 100 pieces of the moon." The Atlantic Monthly
"[Mezrich is] a genius at using characters and dialogue....to turn nonfiction into something as compelling as any thriller." The Chronicle Herald
"[A] fascinating story....has the readability of popular fiction, a ripping story, and great characters....Another winner from an extremely talented writer." Booklist (Starred Review)
"Mezrich has uncovered another high-stakes, fascinating true story....part love story, part madcap caper, part astro-geekery, the book is one of the summer's most fun reads." NPR
"[E]nthusiastically re-creates this oddball 2002 moon-rock heist." Kirkus Reviews
Draws on court records, FBI transcripts, NASA documents and first-person interviews to reconstruct NASA fellow Thad Roberts's theft of invaluable moon rocks, offering insight into Roberts's personality, the nature of his accomplices and their sophisticated break-in plan. (This book was previously listed in Forecast.) 150,000 first printing.
In 2002, NASA fellow Thad Roberts hatched the most daring heist ever conceived: steal NASA's precious moon rocks. With the help of his girlfriend and another female cohort, both NASA interns, Roberts successfully stole the rocks. However, selling the invaluable stones proved to be Roberts' downfall.
About the Author
Ben Mezrich is the New York Times bestselling author of The Accidental Billionaires and Bringing Down the House in addition to nine other books. The film 21, starring Kevin Spacey, was based on Bringing Down the House. The Social Network, which won an Oscar for best adaptation, was based on The Accidental Billionaires.