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Moonwalker : The True Story of an Astronaut Who Found that the Moon Wasn't High Enough to Satisfy His Desire for Success Hardcover – April 1, 1990


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 284 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson Inc; 1st edition (April 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0840791062
  • ISBN-13: 978-0840791061
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 5.8 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #178,541 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Charlie Duke articulates the tale very well.
W. Smith
Charlie did a good job about Apollo 16 and the moonwalk John Young ( the commander) and Charlie Duke ( the lunar module pilot) did getting Orion to and from the moon.
Thomas Erickson
Awesome book so far....would highly recommend it!
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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Thomas Edmonds on April 28, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Charlie Duke does a nice job of telling his story from a small town in South Carolina to the surface of the Moon and back again. Duke does an admirable job of telling the story the way it happened. Knowing of his "born-again" status, I was unsure how Duke would tell the story. He is refreshingly honest about the toll the Astronaut years took on his family and marriage. Only when he finds Christianity does the issue enter the book. I was pleased, as often people who find religion tend to color the facts of their life previous to their conversion in terms of how they feel later. Certainly not a tell-all book, Duke seems to have a genuine like for those he works, and ultimately travels to the moon , with. If you are looking for a book that deals with the "everyman" who was fortunate enough to be chosen to visit the Moon, then "Moonwalker" is for you.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By W. Smith on August 30, 2004
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A well written book about an event that only 12 others have ever experienced: a moonwalk. Charlie Duke articulates the tale very well. His style of writing is reminiscent of the storytellers throughout the ages who have handed down stories from generation to generation, except of course here it is in print for all of us to enjoy. Charlie and his wife Dotty are quite honest about the sacrifices that were made not only by the astronauts but of their families and the damaged caused by the neglect due to the demands of the mission and of the space program in general. Charlie Duke carried the same drive that he showed as an astronaut into the business world and this of course continued the damage on the family relationships. Charlie and his wife Dotty are quite honest of the sacrifices that were made not only by the astronauts but of their families and the damaged caused by the neglect. The "awakening" of the Dukes comes from Dotty's faith which was renewed just as she was considering suicide. The transformation of both Dotty and Charlie is very inspirational but the book itself is not preachy at all. In fact only near the end of the book do we get to hear about their walk with God. The book ends with the death of Charlie's dad, now we need an update! A good book.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. B. Bailey on November 8, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Having read this book- and met Charlie Duke in person,it is very much about how Charlie was touched whilst walking on the moon. It tells of his personal life- and what his thoughts were -during the time he spent with NASA- If like myself you are interested in the Astronauts who went to the moon,this book is for you.It tells of his journey in Apollo 16.how he was able to take samples back- and waht the moon was like.
During the Apollo era- many other Astros wrote books and told of their tales, each person is individual-I loved this book- because it is rather personal for me- knowing Charlie,and understanding why he chose to go to the moon.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Nested Grid on January 14, 2012
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Charlie Duke asked that question of himself after his return from the moon. It turns out that going to the moon was easy compared to the upheaval in his personal life caused by his absolute devotion to the job. The narrative of the moon landing and moonwalk is compelling and taut. You can feel the sweat, curse at the dust, feel the Lunar Rover underneath you, and jump in one-sixth gravity. You land in the Pacific Ocean with a thud and are greeted by millions of people as a hero.

In "Moonwalker", Charlie Duke describes the thrill of spaceflight, the joy and awe at seeing the earth from another planet, and the hard work and dedication it took to complete just one moon shot. The other side of this story is all too human. We see Mr. Duke's failings as a husband while his wife has to cope with his constantly being away, two small children and the everyday decisions and stresses while managing a household. His coldness toward his wife is hard to read about. As Charlie Duke describes it, the moon landing - not his wife - was the most important thing in his life.

After his moonwalk and return to earth there followed a couple months of parades, conferences, public relations and parties. The Apollo program was soon to be over, and the Shuttle was seven years away. Mr. Duke had to cope with 'what now?". The family life that he'd been avoiding all these years finally came home to bite him as their marriage fell apart.

The last part of the book deals with salvation. Dotty had been depressed for some time but had to hold the family together for the sake of appearances. She began to consider suicide to relieve her pain. But, just when it seemed hopeless, Dotty became born-again.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Thomas Erickson on April 24, 2011
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I've read almost all the astronaut books (see my reviews) and this is a good one. I had very little information on Apollo 16 so Charlie Duke filled in a lot of the info for me. Charlie did a good job about Apollo 16 and the moonwalk John Young ( the commander) and Charlie Duke ( the lunar module pilot) did getting Orion to and from the moon. I would of liked more info about the experiments Ken Mattingly(the CCM module Casper pilot did). Not much info given what Ken did in moon orbit while John and Charlie were on the moon.

There are some nice black and white pictures. Charlie did a good job detailing some of the other Apollo flights and gave much praise for the 400,000 people who contributed their effort to the success of the Apollo program. I gave the first 90% of the book a solid 4 stars. The book reads very well. There are no boring parts and the book is a page burner. I read it in a little over 1 day. The reader wants to read more.

I knew that Charlie Duke got much more religious AFTER his moonwalk. That was another reason I bought the book...to see what caused him to accept Jesus Christ more into his life. We see Charlie was a workaholic and studied very hard at Annapolis before going into the Air Force and MIT later to get his masters degree. We see his marriage to Dotty his wife and their two young sons affections suffered as Charlie gave them not as much time as he should. His efforts went into JOB 1, flying and becoming a test pilot and later an instructor at Edwards Air Force base and later an astronaut and much training as a backup for Apollo13 and then as the lunar module pilot for Apollo16.

We see the lack of attention Charlie gave Dotty.
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