Charles Fishman: One Giant Leap (UCC Luncheon Event)

Join us at the beautiful University Club of Chicago for a luncheon featuring Charles Fishman, author of ONE GIANT LEAP: The Impossible Mission That Flew Us to the Moon. 

"Astronauts take a back seat to politicians, project managers, engineers, and the marvelous machines they created in this engrossing history of the moon landings....Fishman’s knack for explaining science and engineering and his infectious enthusiasm for Apollo’s can-do wizardry make for a fascinating portrait of a technological heroic age." —Publishers Weekly

This is a ticketed luncheon event. Call us at 847-446-8880 to reserve your place. The University Club has a dress code of business casual, no denim please.

About the book:  When President John F. Kennedy rallied the nation to go to the Moon in 1961, the task was impossible. None of the technology or techniques existed to do it. Engineers, scientists and factory workers in every state in the USA created that technology in just 8 years. They invented space travel on a deadline. 

Fishman draws upon rarely tapped original source material from that era, including the memos and documents that NASA engineers wrote to each other, arguing their way through solving 10,000 problems. And he has interviewed dozens of people who actually did the work.

About the author:  Charles Fishman is an award-winning journalist and the New York Times bestselling author of The Wal-Mart Effect and The Big Thirst. He started reporting on the U.S. space program as a Washington Post reporters covering the space shuttle Challenger disaster, and has written about space for The Atlantic, Smithsonian, and Fast Company. He has been a staff member of the Orlando Sentinel, The New & Observer in Raleigh, North Carolina, and Fast Company magazine. He lives in Washington, DC, with his wife, also a journalist, their two children, and two Labradors. As part of the reporting for One Giant Leap, Fishman flew in zero gravity. Visit

Can't make it to the event?  Call us at 847-446-8880, we can arrange an autographed copy for you!

Event date: 

Friday, September 6, 2019 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

Event address: 

The University Club of Chicago
76 E. Monroe
Chicago, IL 60603
One Giant Leap: The Impossible Mission That Flew Us to the Moon Cover Image
ISBN: 9781501106293
Availability: On Our Shelves to call before coming in to pick up.
Published: Simon & Schuster - June 11th, 2019

The remarkable story of the trailblazers and the ordinary Americans on the front lines of the epic mission to reach the moon.

President John F. Kennedy astonished the world on May 25, 1961, when he announced to Congress that the United States should land a man on the Moon by 1970.