Neil Armstrong was a great American hero. His legacy today as the first person to walk on the moon continues to inspire the most ardent of dreamers. “There was a feeling that if people could do that,” Ollhoff writes, “they could do anything.” Ollhoff describes Neil Armstrong as a modest, quiet man, but whose talents and achievements as a military pilot and aeronautical engineer placed him in a unique position in history. In the 1950s and 1960s the U.S. and the Soviet Union were engaged in the Cold War. The Soviet Union had just sent a man into space, and the U.S. was worried about losing control of space. In 1961 President Kennedy made landing on the moon a U.S. goal “within the next ten years.” Armstrong was accepted into NASA’s Gemini space program as an astronaut the following year. Ollhoff describes the training process and command decisions that demonstrated Armstrong’s skill in controlling a spacecraft. In one instance, two ships spun out of control, but it was Armstrong’s intelligent response that saved the lives of the astronauts onboard. Armstrong was next selected into the Apollo program, which included many missions, one of which went to the moon. On July 19, 1969, Apollo 11 began orbiting the moon. Armstrong set out in a separate Lunar Module, the Eagle, to become the first man on the moon. Over television, from the lunar surface, Armstrong uttered the now-famous words: “That’s one small step for a man. One giant leap for mankind.” Armstrong went on to have a full career, teaching and lending his expertise to NASA and the aviation industry. Ollhoff also describes Armstrong’s equally impressive early years and personal life. Model airplanes and books about flying were long his interest as a young boy. Timeline, glossary, and index are provided. Reviewer: Sharon M. Himsl; Ages 9 to 15.