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First on the Moon: A Voyage With Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins and Edwin E. Aldrin, Jr. Hardcover – June 1, 1970


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 434 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown; 1st edition (June 1970)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316051608
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316051606
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.6 x 1.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #62,500 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I'd recommend reading this before or after Mike Collins' excellent Carrying the Fire.
Bob G
I've borrowed and read this book over and over again during my undergrad years which copy I think was a rare first edition of it.
"bigeyewonderer"
When I wrote Neil Armstrong back in 1987, he suggested this as the main book to read from the three Apollo 11 astros.
anthony j pache jr tony

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Robert I. Hedges HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on December 20, 2003
Format: Hardcover
This was published in 1970, and consists largely of information obtained via the lucrative 'Life' magazine contract that began with the Mercury 7 astronauts. The book is mostly long passages of quotes from Armstrong, Collins, and Aldrin, as well as others peripherally related to the mission (families, other astronauts, NASA officials, etc.) sequenced to fit into the defined chapters of the book. Ostensibly Armstrong, Collins, and Aldrin are the 'authors' which is true to the extent that they provided the quotes that make up much of the book during interviews by 'Life', but the book was actually written by 'Life' employees.
Having said that, it is not a bad book, it is just very commercial and polished, with mostly a sanitized up close and personal view of the mission through the astronaut's eyes. In that regard, it is quite good: it does shed light on the lives of the three astronauts pre Apollo 11, and is particularly good in discussing background information on childhood, early flying careers, etc. It is particularly useful in relating information on Neil Armstrong, perhaps the most enigmatic of all the Apollo astronauts. That is the main strength of the book: it is a human interest story right out of 'Life' lengthened to 400 plus pages.
On the downside, the book tends to idealize the astronauts and NASA into supermen, and acts as if they have no faults. For this reason I recommend "Carrying the Fire", the superb book by Michael Collins for a true, unvarnished, insider's look at the astronauts and NASA. This book was obviously written immediately after Apollo 11 splashed down in July, 1969. For this reason, it is unable to really place Apollo in historical perspective as well as some of the more recent books have been able to.
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11 of 15 people found the following review helpful By anthony j pache jr tony on May 27, 2000
Format: Hardcover
i'VE JUST FINISHED READING THIS BOOK FOR THE 100TH TIME, SINCE PURCHASING IT 10 YEARS AGO! Ihave always wanted to meet these men [Apollo 11] and this book helps me to know more --especially about Neil Armstrong! When I wrote Neil Armstrong back in 1987, he suggested this as the main book to read from the three Apollo 11 astros. Tells about their lives, the training, how being an astronaut affected them and personal lives, all leading upto, and to splashdown! This book deserves a 10 plus star rating! I'll probably read it another 100 times!
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Meghan Davis (annalea436@yahoo.com) on October 21, 1999
Format: Hardcover
This book is one of the most intriguing books on the Apollo 11 missions i have ever read, and i HIGHLY recommend it to anyone interested in the Apollo 11 mission
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Nigel A. Millard on October 6, 2010
Format: Hardcover
There have been many great and wonderful books written about the Apollo Program over the last 20 years, and I have read and enjoyed most of them, but for me "First On The Moon" still stands out as THE BEST.

Like the Hunter Davies "Beatles" biography of the same era, it has the unique perspective of being a product of it's time. It does not offer a historical perspective on the Apollo 11 mission but instead offers a fresh and compelling view of the events unfolding for the first time. You can pick up the book at any page and it will draw you in to the excitement of the first moon landing attempt and will infect you with the sky's-the-limit optimism, and possibilities of the summer of sixty nine. The book is a well crafted and stylish chronicle of mans greatest adventure. It witnesses the events not just through the eyes of Armstrong, Collins, and Aldrin, but also through the experiences of the technicians, the engineers, and even the bartenders that served up Moonlander cocktails on the Cocoa Beach strip.

Couple "First On The Moon" with Norman Mailers equally relevant "Moonfire" and you will have everything you need on Apollo 11, the rest are just history!
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