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First Man: The Life of Neil A. Armstrong

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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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