The Amazing Story Behind the Most Audacious Heist in History
Knopf Publishing Group
On Sale: July 12, 2011
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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–style heist, a madcap story of genius, love, and
duplicity that reads like a Hollywood thrill ride.
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