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Moondust: In Search of the Men Who Fell to Earth
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“Moondust is an inspired idea, immaculately executed: witty, affectionate, completely captivating.” (WORD magazine )
“Highly entertaining…[Smith’s] superb book is a fitting tribute to a unique band of 20th-century heroes.” (GQ )
“Fascinating…We know what happened inside the Apollo, but what went on inside the astronauts’ minds? Extremely thought-provoking.” (J. G. Ballard, author of Empire of the Sun and Memories of the Space Age )
“[A] fascinating book… [Smith’s] humour is underpinned by a sense of extreme danger.” (Mail on Sunday, Book of the Week (four stars) )
“A rich mix of cultural history, reportage and personal reflection.” (Evening Standard )
“Forget flower power, the Beatles and Beach Boys…what made the 1960s an unforgettable decade was the conquest of space.” (The Guardian, Best Books of the Season )
“A crisply dramatic account.” (Sunday Telegraph )
“An extraordinary book…as profoundly as any work of philosophy.” (Uncut (UK), four stars )
“A wonderful collective biography written with deftness, compassion and humour.” (The Observer )
‘Utterly gripping. Smith is both sympathetic and bracingly unsentimental.” (Daily Mail (London) )
‘Enthralling...Smith is an ideal narrator: sharp-eyed yet increasingly affectionate about his subjects.” (Financial Times )
“Riveting...so vivid you can almost smell the suburban lawns.” (Time Out London )
“Spellbinding…a provocative meditation on lunar travel and humanity’s relation to space.” (Business Week )
“A wild ride swerving between then and now.” (Richmond Times Dispatch )
“Smith’s book succeeds…because he bungee-cords together so many intriguing digressions.” (New York Times )
Top Customer Reviews
This set Smith on a course to interview the remaining Apollo astronauts, seeking to learn how their lives had changed because of the experience. This book is a remarkable statement of the lives of this elite group of Americans. Some remain household names, such as Neil Armstrong, who has carried his celebrity experience with both dignity and honor. Many are unknown to all except the space community. Some are garrulous and easy to talk to, others are aloof and guarded. Smith found that all were fundamentally changed by the Apollo experience.
Smith's discussion of Buzz Aldrin was especially fascinating. He spent considerable time with Aldrin and talked with him about his life, work, and dreams. Since returning to Earth on Apollo 11 Aldrin struggled with alcoholism, a divorce, and an unending desire to open the space frontier. He has constantly sought to find ways to continue his status as a leader in the spaceflight world. At a fundamental level, we learn in "Moondust," Aldrin was like so many other true believers in space exploration. Apollo and its promise of humanity moving out into the solar system excited him.Read more ›
Moondust is a remarkable book. I read at least a book a week (I'm also an author), and Moondust is probably the best book I've read in two years. Really!
However, if you are a techno weenie looking for minutia on Apollo, do yourself the favor and don't read this book. And if you are an Apollo technical buff and you do read it, please don't write a whiney review lamenting the technical details. This is not a technical book and it is not for you.
I originally picked this book up because like many people my age, I was transfixed by Apollo as a kid (I was nine years old when Apollo 11 went up).Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A bit disjointed but welcome insights into the lives of astronauts after...Published 1 month ago by Dwayne Berrett
This is an enjoyable read, full of information about the men who walked on the Moon. Andrew Smith did his research well, even at times in difficult circumstances.Published 3 months ago by ritebrane
What should have been a good book with a great concept turns out
to be a crashing bore and an ultimately downer. Read more
Fantastic. It's the book I've been waiting to read all my life.
He even talks about the psychology of going to the moon, for the astronauts and for the world! Read more
While the book is mostly about the authors experience(another journalist,no REPORTERS left anywhere in America! Read morePublished 9 months ago by Nathan Buckley
He interviewed the living astronauts that participated in the moon missions. LOVE this book. To hear about the moon trips from the people who were there is fascinating. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Laurie Rawlins