Moondust: In Search of the Men Who Fell to Earth

Moondust: In Search of the Men Who Fell to Earth

by Andrew Smith

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Moondust: In Search of the Men Who Fell to Earth 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
ABVR on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is really two books: A collective where-are-they-now biography of the nine (out of twelve) surviving moonwalkers, and Smith's reflections on what the space program meant to America then and what it means now. The two are intertwined, as Smith uses his interviews with the astronauts as a springboard for his own reflections. The biographical material is consistently superb, and Smith's observation that lunar-module pilots were more changed by the experience of being on the moon than mission commanders were is brilliant (and true). The cultural reflection was less satisfying for me, in part because Smith (for all that he was wowed by the lunar landings) doesn't seem to understand that, for a lot of people (including some of his interviewees and a large segment of his readership) space travel is not part of the past, but an ongoing enterprise. Still, this is a superb book, and well worth reading for anyone interested in the history of the Apollo program.
Vranitzky More than 1 year ago
This is a marvelous, soulful meditation on the meaning of Apollo. Author Andrew Smith was interviewing Charlie Duke when Duke received news of Pete Conrad's death in a motorcycle accident -- and suddenly there were only nine men left who walked on the moon. Smith was so moved by this experience that he set out to talk to as many of the surviving moonwalkers as he could. Moondust is the story of Smith's journey. It was a joy to read. Very personal and yet full of insight about Apollo and about the astronauts. Highly recommended.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read about the Apollo program because it makes me feel good about being an american and being a human from Earth. This book is not very informative about what it claims to be about, which i was under the impression it was a 'where are they now?' type of book. Also, the author apparently has an issue with the politics involved in the program. This is not a book about the Apollo program or the astronauts lives since their last missions. This is a book about someone trying to make a few bucks and preach his politics using the Apollo program as a tool to trick people into buying the book. If you enjoy reading about pre-shuttle NASA, i suggest you look elsewhere.