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The years that have passed since Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins piloted the Apollo 11 spacecraft to the moon in July 1969 have done nothing to alter the fundamental wonder of the event: man reaching the moon remains one of the great events—technical and spiritual—of our lifetime.
In this remarkable book, Michael Collins conveys, in a very personal way, the drama, beauty, and humor of that adventure. He also traces his development from his first flight experiences in the air force, through his days as a test pilot, to his Apollo 11 space walk, presenting an evocative picture of the joys of flight as well as a new perspective on time, light, and movement from someone who has seen the fragile Earth from the other side of the moon.
“Collins tells what his space journeys meant to him as a human being [and] discusses the role of man amid the multitudinous mechanical marvels . . . Profoundly affecting.” —The New Yorker
“Michael Collins can write . . . No other person who has flown in space has captured the experience so vividly.” —Henry S.F. Cooper, Jr., The New York Times Book Review
Posted March 27, 2004
I first read Carrying the Fire while still a high-school student. I loved the book's sense of adventure and the way I almost felt as if I were along for the ride! How did it 'save my life?' My friends were into drugs, but they always respected my reason for saying 'no.' After 'virtually' going to the moon, I always said that I wanted to be an Astronaut!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 13, 2002
If you enjoy Bill Bryson's books, you'll love this one too - even if you have little interest in space travel. Collins is funny and irreverent, while still managing to provide a wealth of information about what it took to put men on the Moon. There's good reason why this book is still in print almost 30 years after its initial publication. It's a fun read.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 2, 2000
Mike Collins has written the most arresting account of spaceflight ever published. His experiences as an Air Force Pilot and NASA Astronaut rank as adventure as great as the conquest of Mt. Everest. The descriptions he gives of the sights, sounds and feelings of spaceflight give one the feeling of actually being there themselves. Also worthy of note, the emotions of the man during the triumphs and tragedies of the Moon Race and the fears of the 'what if' scenarios coming true are told with honest seriousness and humor that make this book the best ever written by an Astronaut. Space Enthusiasts and Adventure Lovers alike need to have this book in their home libraries. Carrying the Fire is a great book.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.