The Real Thad Roberts

Even if you’ve read Sex on the Moon (Doubleday, 7/12), you still don’t know what motivated aspiring astronaut Thad Roberts to throw everything he achieved away on a crazy scheme to steal and sell moon rocks, a scheme that landed him in jail for six years.

Unfortunately, Mo Rocca’s interview with him on CBS Sunday Morning doesn’t add much insight. Also interviewed is the book’s author, Ben Mezrich, who admits that he still doesn’t understand it either and that Roberts is “the most complicated person I’ve ever written about and…I’ve written about Mark Zuckerberg [in Accidental Billionaires, the basis for the movie The Social Network].

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