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First Man: The Life of Neil A. Armstrong

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  • Posted March 25, 2009

    Unfair review

    I read the review above mine and can't help but wonder what Mr. Armstrong owes to anyone. Is he private.....absolutely. Does he have the right to be.....absolutely. He's not an actor or musician looking for a certain amount of fame and notoriety. I believe he entered the space program for reasons much deeper than that. Perhaps as a duty to his country, he is after all a military man. Maybe he chose to join as the next logical step in being part of the newest technology man created, flying the X15 became mundane. If you watched the Ed Bradley interview he stated he did not deserve all of the attention. Over 400,000 people participated in the Apollo program and every single one of them was crucial to its success. That says a great deal about his character. He was one of many men who could have been the first to walk on the moon, but his number came up at the right time and he did the job he was expected to do. Does he deserve the attention the world wants to bestow on him, I believe so. Does it make him less noble if he chooses not to accept it, certainly not. He can be looked up to by our young people, such as me, for more than just being the first man to walk on the moon. How about integrity, and honor. There is something to be said for modesty, and humilty which seems to have been forgotten in our culture. I'm sick of people shouting "look at me, look what I can do", expecting all the attention they can possibly get for the most minor of accomplishments.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2006

    A Remarkable Life

    'That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.' With those words and that step, a man named Neil Armstrong passed into history, to become one with Columbus and Leif Erikson as the first man to set foot on a new world. But while many people know his name, very few know the man. Since Apollo 11, Armstrong has lived as a virtual recluse, shunning publicity and fame. James Hanson has helped to retify this ignorance. We now know something of Armstrong's life, from his early days as an aviator in the Korean War, to his life now as an explorer in winter. The biography Hanson has written, with full cooperation of Armstrong and his family and friends, is not a hero worshiping white wash. But it is warts and all, it is not, unlike certain biographies of other great men, warts only. It is the portrait of a remarkable life and a remarkable man, whose skills as a pilot and engineer, combined with the luck of history, placed him one magic, summer evening on the surface of the Sea of Tranquility. The book is highly recommended.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 21, 2010

    Neil Armstrong is the (First) Man

    The only real biography of Neil Armstrong that can be believed. All the others are secondary sourcing and full of authors placing their own biased interpretations of Armstrong and NASA.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 16, 2008

    First Man: The Life Of Neil A. Armstrong

    This was a fantastic book to read. No doubt a historical event was Neil the first man to step on the moon. You learn alot about stuff that happened in his life like the death of his 3 or 4 year old daughter Karen, his house lost in a fire, the decision on who will be the first to step on to the moon surface and why, His divorce from his first wife, the death of his parents and to finally him having a heart attack. He is still alive and it will tell you the other things he has done after his trip to the moon. Absulutly a great read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2006

    Great Historical Read

    As one who recalls watching the event on our old b&w tv (age 17 at the time), I had great expectations of the book, which for the most part didn't displease. But the author seemed too quick to 'protect' or defend Armstrong on just about everything, and seemed to go out of his way including minutia, ad infinitum. What one walks away with is how this man, incredibly bright as he is, also relegates others' feelings and concerns to irrelevance. Almost to a person, his fellow astronauts and the experts with whom he worked described him as aloof and almost clinical in everything he did. Nothing ever seemed good enough for him, especially his own actions. By and large, he was the ultimate geek, even to the point of neglecting to take small tokens to the moon with him for his two sons - geesh! The years since that great event have seen the intentional disappearance of Armstrong from public view, something I personally think he had not the luxury to do. While serendipity as much as his expertise placed him first on the moon, the Apollo program belongs to all of America. He has a moral obligation to make himself much more available for all of the millions we spent on his training and having him in the position he occupies forever in history. We are all cheated by his continued privacy, which seems proto-typical for Armstrong. Hopefully younger readers will embrace his book since the man himself, if history is any indication, will refuse to contribute. In this age of tin-plated patriots and false heroes, we need the real thing. How many young lives could he change merely by making tours around the country to high school science classes! What a waste!.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 10, 2014

    a lifetime of information...

    This is certainly a lifetime of information about Neil Armstrong, and it might take a lifetime to read. Perhaps a few facts could have been left out to allow the book to be a more manageable length. I'm only 10% through the book, and it's starting to lose my interest when I look at the 941 pages.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 29, 2014

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    I find it hard to believe that we ever made it to the moon simply because we have never went back and no other country has ever been since! It was a lie perpetrated by our government leaders to claim fame to be the first to reach the moon and yet why have we in this day and age never returned? Only to fly around earth and go to the space stations, the moon walk video is sooo fake!

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