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A Man on the Moon: The Voyages of the Apollo…

A Man on the Moon: The Voyages of the Apollo Astronauts (1994)

by Andrew Chaikin

Other authors: Tom Hanks (Foreword)

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    Lost Moon: The Perilous Voyage of Apollo 13 by Jim Lovell (paulkid)
    paulkid: I found Jim Lovell's account of Apollo 13 more gripping and technically explicative than any of Chaikin's stories. Of course, "Lost Moon" did not address the geological exploration of the moon; Chaikin's book is a good choice if you're interested in that.
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    The Right Stuff by Tom Wolfe (paulkid)
    paulkid: Chaikin gives a respectful account of the later astronauts' journeys and their personalities, while Wolfe gives irreverent and hilarious depictions of the mood and personalities surrounding the beginning of the space race (ie, Mercury and pre-Mercury).
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    Moondust: In Search of the Men Who Fell to Earth by Andrew Smith (kjforrest)
    kjforrest: Another excellent book on the Apollo programme, but with more focus on the astronauts and their lives post-Apollo.

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  jamespurcell | Feb 10, 2019 |
Based on hundreds of hours of in-depth interviews with each of the moon voyagers, as well as those working behind the scenes, “A Man on the Moon” speaks to every aspect of the missions undertaken during the Apollo program. Unfolding from the tragic beginning with the Apollo 1 fire that claimed the lives of three astronauts and reaching to the lunar mountains where astronauts searched for clues to the origin of the solar system, the Apollo missions are the stories of a handful of men who braved the unknown to stand on the surface of another world.

Included in the book are a variety of photographs, an extensive bibliography, author’s notes, and appendices providing readers with astronaut’s biographical information, a list of interviewees for the book, and Apollo mission data.

Highly recommended. ( )
  jfe16 | Nov 10, 2018 |
One of the best histories ever written on the Apollo program and what it took to put a man on the moon in man's first explorations of another world. This book is the main basis for HBO's fabulous mini-series, "From the Earth to the Moon" but contains so much more than the mini-series was able to provide.

Personal recollections from those involved in Apollo, not just the surviving astronauts, really fleshes out the picture of what a tremendous effort Apollo was and why it's a shame we stopped so abruptly, why we must go back. ( )
  Omnigeek | Jul 25, 2018 |
On the night of July 20, 1969, our world changed forever when two Americans, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin, walked on the moon. Now the greatest event of the twentieth century is magnificently retold through the eyes and ears of the people who were there. Based on the interviews with twentythree moon voyagers, as well as those who struggled to get the program moving, journalist Andrew Chaikin conveys every aspect of the missions with breathtaking immediacy: from the rush of liftoff, to the heartstopping lunar touchdown, to the final hurdle of reentry.
  JESGalway | May 28, 2018 |
A great in-depth look at the Apollo program and the many adventurous and talented astronauts. I like that the book is not just a history overview of the events, but also goes into detail about the astronauts and their personalities. It is written very well that reading the stories about their travels makes you forget that you are not reading fiction, but true events. Great book! ( )
  renbedell | Oct 7, 2017 |
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A decade in the making, this book is based on hundreds of hours of in-depth interviews with each of the twenty-four moon voyagers, as well as those who contributed their brain power, training and teamwork on Earth. In his preface Chaikin writes, "We touched the face of another world and became a people without limits."

What follows are thrilling accounts of such remarkable experiences as the rush of a liftoff, the heart-stopping touchdown on the moon, the final hurdle of re-entry, competition for a seat on a moon flight, the tragic spacecraft fire, and the search for clues to the origin of the solar system on the slopes of lunar mountains. --Therese Littleton

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