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A Man on the Moon [Paperback]

Andrew Chaikin , Tom Hanks
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (185 customer reviews)

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Book Description

April 1, 1998
On the night of July 20, 1969, our world changed forever when two Americans, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin, walked on the moon. Now the greatest event of the twentieth century is magnificently retold through the eyes and ears of the people who were there. Based on the interviews with twentythree moon voyagers, as well as those who struggled to get the program moving, journalist Andrew Chaikin conveys every aspect of the missions with breathtaking immediacy: from the rush of liftoff, to the heartstopping lunar touchdown, to the final hurdle of reentry.

Editorial Reviews Review

A decade in the making, this book is based on hundreds of hours of in-depth interviews with each of the twenty-four moon voyagers, as well as those who contributed their brain power, training and teamwork on Earth. In his preface Chaikin writes, "We touched the face of another world and became a people without limits."

What follows are thrilling accounts of such remarkable experiences as the rush of a liftoff, the heart-stopping touchdown on the moon, the final hurdle of re-entry, competition for a seat on a moon flight, the tragic spacecraft fire, and the search for clues to the origin of the solar system on the slopes of lunar mountains. --Therese Littleton --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Publishers Weekly

Chaikin chronicles the historic voyages of the Apollo astronauts, from the program's inception in 1961 to the final mission in December 1972.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 688 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books (April 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140272011
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140272017
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 1.5 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (185 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,144,980 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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71 of 71 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best One Volume Book on Apollo December 18, 1999
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I've read this book numerous times since the first hardcover edition in 1994, and I never fail to learn something new. While there on many books on Apollo that a serious enthusiast should read, this is easily the SINGLE best book yet written.
Chaikin is the only person to interview all 12 moonwalkers and get their personal feelings about everything from astronaut & crew selection, training, peer relations and best of all; orbiting and walking the moon. This is not a technical or scientific history, but an account of how the astronauts FELT about their entire Apollo experiences. You can easily "walk in their shoes" and "see through their eyes" with this book.
He writes in a way all persons can understand, and simplifies the engineering and scientific aspects so you can understand what the astronauts were dealing with. Not only does he avoid getting bogged down in techical speak, but actually makes the technical parts fascinating to learn!
If you want a good summary of Project Apollo, I'd recommend three books:
"To A Rocky Moon: A Geologist's History of Lunar Exploration" - by Don Wilhems. This is the science side of the story, and quite fascinating!
"Full Moon" by Michael Light. A beautiful coffee table book with pictures that take your mind to the moon. With this you can almost see what the astronauts did!
And lastly, and most important of all, this book. . ."A Man on the Moon." It will almost make you feel like you were the fourth crewman.
The three together will give you the best sense of what happened at that fascinating time in history!
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41 of 43 people found the following review helpful
I was 2 years old when Neil Armstrong placed the first boot print on the lunar surface, and after watching Apollo 13, I became curious as to what exactly it was that got us to the moon in the first place. In 6 months time I read "Lost Moon" by Jim Lovell, "Last Man on the Moon" by Gene Cernan, "The Race", "Schirra's Space" and "Deke!".
A Man on The Moon was the last book I read, and I can speak from firsthand experience when I say that if I would have read it up first, I would have had no need to read the others. That is NOT to say that all of the other books are not good, quality reads (with maybe the exception being Schirra's book), because they certainly are, but Andy Chaikin left absolutely nothing to the imagination and almost no stone unturned when he penned this exciting and informative book.
Even though I was just a toddler when our exploration of the lunar surface began, thanks to Andy Chaikin, I don't feel that I missed a single thing.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars From the page to your mind! June 13, 2000
If you liked the HBO series "From The Earth To The Moon", you must read this book. Such a detailed account of the astronauts and the missions does not exist else where. Each mission is described separately, in great prose. A must buy for all serious space readers.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
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Whether you are old enough to personally recollect the days of Apollo or if you were "born too late", the illustrated edition of Andrew Chaikin's, A MAN ON THE MOON is an essential book to own. Chaikin's uncanny ability to put you behind the eyes of the participants in humanity's greatest adventure, coupled with a collection of beautiful photos and illustrations, make this illustrated edition more like a "ticket to the moon" than any other work yet produced on the topic of spaceflight.
The historical accuracy of the author's narrative makes this an essential reference shelf item as well. Chaikin interviewed all of the Apollo moonwalkers and all of the key figures alive at the time of it's writing. The recollections and interesting details relayed by Chaikin are not to be found in any other work. Chaikin has turned his collection of interviews and research items into a dramatic and bold story as interesting and arresting as any work of fiction ever produced. It is no mystery why Tom Hanks was so inspired by Chaikin's writing, that he set out to produce HBO's FROM THE EARTH TO THE MOON, the most expensive and elaborate mini-series production to date.
This book goes way above and beyond what you would normally think of as a "good read". I find it quite easy to pick up these volumes and randomly start reading from any of it's pages. Chaikin also reveals the more human side of the very special people who took us to the moon and made President John F. Kennedy's dreams of lunar conquest come true. reading this book will help you understand what made people like Alan Shepard tick or why Neil Armstrong is often misunderstood by the press and his collegues.
A MAN ON THE MOON should be on the bookshelf of everyone who claims a sense of adventure, curiosity, or history.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW! A must purchase! June 4, 2000
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The 3 volume boxed set of "A Man on the Moon" is perhaps the best book on the Apollo program ever published. Not only does it have the complete text of the original "a Man on the Moon", which was a great description of what it was like to fly on the Apollo missions, though lacking in both technical details and Apollo development history, but it is graced with hundreds of beautiful photos and a number of sidebars describing aspects of the moon program. Even if you have the original hardbound or paperback edition, buy this....its worth every penny and then some. I've spent many hours just leafing through it (I read the original years ago). If you or someone you know has the slightest interest in the moon landings, this is the book!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars there will never be another Apollo .....
Perfect and inspirational read. Totally absorbed in the detail and logical storytelling by Chaikin. I've actually given this as a gift twice
Published 28 days ago by Dr S Evans
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Clear and detailed while still being an easy read.
Published 1 month ago by Techie
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Gorgeous edition.
Published 2 months ago by Ike17055
5.0 out of 5 stars Inside there thoughts and minds
Starts of real and another book I can not put down.
Published 2 months ago by sebastian corelli
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 3 months ago by mike m
5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining
Reads like a novel of adventure. Very enjoyable and interesting.
Published 3 months ago by Sanoma Goodwill
5.0 out of 5 stars I am a huge space buff and I enjoyed this book very much
I am a huge space buff and I enjoyed this book very much. I am a big fan of the HBO miniseries "From the Earth to The Moon" and I can see they got much of their source... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Joseph Fleck
5.0 out of 5 stars Want to be part of the Apollo missions? This book will bring you back...
The story of the Apollo missions is better than any fiction. Chaikin's research and writing make you feel as though you are in the MCOR as well as in flight with astronauts without... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Ken Roza
5.0 out of 5 stars A destined classic
It has been truthfully said that people are least able to appreciate the history that occurs in their own times. Read more
Published 5 months ago by K. R. Evans
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book.
I have not completed reading this, but from the portion I read I can say that this is a very interesting, entertaining, and informative book. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Richard P. Anderson
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