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Last Man on the Moon: Astronaut Eugene Cernan and America's Race in Space

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 20, 2000

    A Great Story-- But Why So Personal?

    This is an excellent account of the Gemini and Apollo missions and Mr. Cernan's role in them. I thouroughly enjoyed the recounting of the launches, space walks, and the lunar excursions. What I couldn't seem to get over, however, were the 'cowboy' tone in which the book is written, and the unrelenting stabs at Buzz Aldrin. At that time, cursing and informal references to other people were probably just part of the astronaut's vocabulary, but since the story is being told by a man who is quite a bit older now, it's difficult to appreciate the true value of this hero when his tone is so offensive. Using the 'F' word, even once, in a book that details not only America's greatest feat but also the very personal life of the author, his wife, and young daughter, is inappropriate. Ditto for the 'S' word and for all the rest. It's easy to see, judging from the description of the tensions that arose during the author's distinguished career as an astronaut, that not every person will get along. Regardless of whether or not the reader likes Buzz Aldrin, he did play an important role in the space race. To spend book space painting him in an ugly light makes the author look small and selfish. The reader is invited to make his/her own judgements about Mr. Aldrin at the end of one of these tirades, but I fail to see the point of the invitation by the author.

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    Posted November 17, 2011

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