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A Man on the Moon

A Man on the Moon

by Andrew Chaikin, Tom Hanks


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This acclaimed portrait of heroism and ingenuity captures a watershed moment in human history. The astronauts themselves have called it the definitive account of their missions. On the night of July 20, 1969, our world changed forever when Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin walked on the moon. Based on in-depth interviews with twenty-three of the twenty-four moon voyagers, as well as those who struggled to get the program moving, A Man on the Moon conveys every aspect of the Apollo missions with breathtaking immediacy and stunning detail.

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ISBN-13: 9780140272017
Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
Publication date: 04/28/1998
Pages: 688
Product dimensions: 5.32(w) x 7.96(h) x 1.51(d)

About the Author

Andrew Chaikin is the author of the acclaimed A Man on the Moon and several other books about space. He is a commentator for NPR’s Morning Edition and had appeared on Good Morning America, Nightline, Fresh Air, and Talk of the Nation.

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"Recounts in loving detail the standing Apollo epic . . . with verve and intelligence."
-The New York Times Book Review

"The power of A Man on the Moon truly astounded me. . . . I found myself transported, reminded of all that was wonderful about Apollo. I laughed and cried."
-Dava Sobel, author of Longitude and Galileo's Daughter

"More inside stories, more details, recollections, and feelings of all the men who traveled to the moon than any other account of the Apollo program."
-The Christian Science Monitor

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A Man on the Moon 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book gives detailed descriptions of all the lunar missions. He also tells what each astronaut did after they left NASA. He includes everyone who made the Apollo Program possible. Chaikin did this with many interviews with astronauts, their families, scientist, and NASA officals. He also uses many other resources to make this book as good as possible.
SpongeBobFishpants on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Space geeks unite! I suppose it speaks to how much I enjoyed this book that I am in need of replacement copy, having read the first to shreds even with a protective cover. Undoubtedly there are more scientific and analytical reviews of this work but for those of us with less than an obsession for but more than a passing interest in, the Apollo space program, this book has proved to be the most informative and the most fun. Details about the program, the science, the people involved... it's all there. The book begins with a more general description of the missions before moving on to a more in-depth examination of the politics and the science involved in later missions. Another reviewer has commented that it felt as though, and in fact was, a combination of separate books, but I would argue that regardless, it is a faithful representation of the changes in the focus of the program. Once NASA had established it's ability to land men on the moon and perform work there, research and science would have to become the main focus. If it had not there would have been no reason to continue the program past Apollo 12. Ultimately this book is great fun for all the space geeks out there who love the history and the science, the politics and the stories behind the people and the events. A warning though, it's a book that will make you wish that we were, as a nation, still invested in manned space exploration. As Tom Hanks pondered at the end of the movie Apollo 13, I wonder when we'll go back.
atyson on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This has 'definitive' stamped all over it. An excellent factual account with just enough technological description to make the naturally compelling narrative comprehensible. The author's characterisations of the astronauts are clearly based on interview access to the men themselves and the account is well supplemented with author's notes and sources, bioraphical resumes and mission summaries as well as a comprehensive index.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This work is a stellar achievement. Chaikin manages, in poetic and succinct language, to humanize the men who were, in popular culture, untouchable. These specimens of unhuman perfection are anachronistic for us, twenty-first century readers, and it is Chaikin's masterful image-making that defines for us those times and those men.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great book, sparked my interest in the Apollo Program, and eventually into my interest in rocket science. Anyone who has an interest in anything to do with manned spaceflight should read this book. I was insired by it, and I am sure that you would be too.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book in 6th grade, but i understood everything, and it really helped me to expand my knowledge on the apollo program, which i am most interested in. Now i am in 7th grade, and that book has helped me to understand a lot of my recent research a lot better.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I gained interest in this book after the HBO mini-series 'From the Earth to the Moon.' Fully expecting a comparable dialoge with a few extras, I was astounded at the complexity, depth, and detail given from the Apollo program. EVERYTHING was in here! From the complex development of the machines to the human aspects of the non-astronauts, all was covered. Exceptional read for anyone interested in space exploration and for those who believe that there is no such thing as 'impossible.'
Guest More than 1 year ago
quite simply the best space exploration book ever! almost like being there! andrew chaikins accounts of the apollo flights are superb, every detail, every magic moment is there. if you only read one space book, make sure it's this one. AWESOME !!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've read and enjoyed many books on the subject of the Apollo Space Program and each one has offered a little bit more detail about the missions and the people behind them. I am facinated with reading about details which did not make the newspapers. After reading this book, some 900 pages worth, I knew I had found The Book on the subject. This book is jam-packed with stuff I had never read before. This book, more than any other, fleshed out the people. In addition, this book is a one-of-a-kind because many of the people Mr. Chaikin interviewed have since passed away. I also recommend the mini-series From The Earth To The Moon, which was based on this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is sooo awesome. Read it is all I have to say. It is amazing how far we have come in 30 years!!!