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–style heist, a madcap story of genius, love, and duplicity that reads like a Hollywood thrill ride.
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.
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- Hardcover: 320 pages
- Publisher: Doubleday (July 12, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0385533926
- ISBN-13: 978-0385533928
This is an amazing story of how 3 kids managed to pull off a robbery of an unbelievable magnitude. These college interns managed to earn the trust of some of the brightest minds in the country and steal moon rocks from the Johnson Space Center and NASA. The tale unfolds much like a movie which makes sense since the author also penned The Accidental Billionaires and made it to the big screen under the name The Social Network. Thad Roberts has a brilliant mind and once he puts it to use, no one can stop him. Again, the story seems like fiction but has all of the elements of a thriller if you made up all of the characters. It reminded me a bit of Carl Hiaasen since most of his work is based on true facts. The truth is truly stranger than fiction.
Thad Roberts has an almost abusive childhood and is always striving for acceptance. He meets up with two girls and becomes a ring leader among the interns taking them on weekend trips that would make a lot of college kids blush. I am still trying to figure out how these kids were able to pull of this heist. The funniest thing about this whole story is that Thad thought he would get away with the whole scam be selling the rocks through the internet. He might have if it wasn’t for a collector that helped bring him down. Overall, a great read that will appeal to those fans of Jon Krakauer mixed with Carl Hiaasen
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