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A Man on the Moon by Andrew Chaikin
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A Man on the Moon (original 1994; edition 1998)

by Andrew Chaikin (Author)

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'Through the windows of the slowly turning spacecraft they looked out at the place where the sun had once been, and there was the moon- a huge, magnificent sphere bathed in the eerie blue light of earthshine, each crater rendered in ghostly detail.' The race to the moon was won spectacularly by Apollo 11 on 20 July 1969. When astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin took their 'giant step' across a ghostly lunar landscape, they were watched by some 600 million people on Earth 250,000 miles away. A Man on the Moon is the definitive account of the heroic Apollo programme- from the tragedy of the fire in Apollo 1 during a simulated launch, through the euphoria of the first moonwalk, to the discoveries made by the first scientist in space aboard Apollo 17. Drawing on hundreds of hours of in-depth interviews with the astronauts and team, this is the story of the twentieth century's greatest human achievement, minute-by-minute, in the words of those who were there.… (more)
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A Man on the Moon: The Voyages of the Apollo Astronauts by Andrew Chaikin (1994)

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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.
  2. 10
    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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    One Giant Leap by Charles Fishman (Othemts)
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This was a fun book to read, detailing the history of the Apollo programme from Kennedy's speech to the afterlives of the astronauts who went to the moon. ( )
  queen_ypolita | Oct 8, 2020 |
Kieran reccomendation
  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 |
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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'Through the windows of the slowly turning spacecraft they looked out at the place where the sun had once been, and there was the moon- a huge, magnificent sphere bathed in the eerie blue light of earthshine, each crater rendered in ghostly detail.' The race to the moon was won spectacularly by Apollo 11 on 20 July 1969. When astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin took their 'giant step' across a ghostly lunar landscape, they were watched by some 600 million people on Earth 250,000 miles away. A Man on the Moon is the definitive account of the heroic Apollo programme- from the tragedy of the fire in Apollo 1 during a simulated launch, through the euphoria of the first moonwalk, to the discoveries made by the first scientist in space aboard Apollo 17. Drawing on hundreds of hours of in-depth interviews with the astronauts and team, this is the story of the twentieth century's greatest human achievement, minute-by-minute, in the words of those who were there.

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