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Norman Mailer: MoonFire, The Epic Journey of Apollo 11 Hardcover – June 1, 2010

ISBN-13: 978-3836520775 ISBN-10: 383652077X

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 348 pages
  • Publisher: Taschen (June 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 383652077X
  • ISBN-13: 978-3836520775
  • Product Dimensions: 13.1 x 10.9 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #224,597 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Norman Mailer was one of the 20th century's greatest and most influential writers, as well as one of America's most renowned and controversial literary figures. The best-selling author of a dozen novels and 20 works of nonfiction, he also wrote stage plays, screenplays, television miniseries, hundreds of essays, two books of poetry, and a collection of short stories. A two-time Pulitzer Prize winner, he lived in Brooklyn, New York and Provincetown, Massachusetts.

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Colum McCann is the author of seven books, including Let the Great World Spin. He has written for The New York Times, Atlantic Monthly, GQ, The Times (London), The Irish Times, and La República.


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This book has a great collection of photographs and looks awesome on my coffee table for everyone to enjoy.
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This is a fantastic gift for anyone who's interested in the space program.
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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful By WingDynasty on July 10, 2010
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This book is simply spectacular. It's astounding to me that Taschen issued it at $39.99...I've paid near twice that for far less impressive books. The quality of production is such that many illustrations seem almost three-dimensional. The only other book on the subject I can think of even approaching this aesthetic and reproductive quality is Michael Light's Full Moon.

As for the prose (and this is aside from the in-depth, informed captions accompanying every illustration), I will say first of all that I am not, generally speaking, a fan of Mailer as a writer. I've read several of his works besides Of a Fire on the Moon (from which this text is excerpted), and I tend to find his writing egotistical, self-indulgent, meandering, and freighted with all the stylistic and ideological baggage that characterized the New Journalism of his peak in the late 1960s and early 1970s (though it should be remembered that the same school also gave us The Right Stuff).

Thankfully, the text reprinted in Moonfire has been stripped of most of that baggage, which made Of a Fire on the Moon such a morass through which one had to wade to find insight. Instead, the text of Moonfire showcases Mailer's strengths: His undeniable prescience and powers of observation, and his gift for giving resonance to both the most minute details of his experience covering the flight of Apollo 11, and conveying the "epicness" of the whole endeavor. His account of the crew's press conference, and his impressions of their personalities, are so piercing that you feel you're right there watching and listening. And I would defy you to find another more powerful account in print of the experience of the launch of Apollo 11 than Mailer's. It is, as his narrative surrogate Aquarius might say, appropriate to its measure.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By J Mack on May 10, 2010
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I have been a collector of American manned space memorabilia for over 25 years, mostly books from the period. This one, highlighting the Apollo 11 mission, is a magnificent work of art. Excellent accounts from Mailer, quotations from astronauts and engineers, and an abundance of rare photos as well as many of the classics. It is well worth the modest price. One note: the book is so massive you won't be able to read it just anywhere!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Joe90 on June 30, 2010
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The book is a gem of photography I have not seen before and the writing is unique, I had not heard of Norman Mailer, I was only 6 when Apollo 11 blasted off and man landed on the moon. Interestingly there is a gorgeous double spread photograph of the 3 astronauts their wives and children one of whom is only 6, the same age I was. Somewhere in the book there is a photograph of the plaque that reads 'We came in peace for all mankind', what a beaughtifull non biased thing to say, and there is a small pendant that was left on the moon with the signatures of something like 200 world leaders. When we look at the worlds issues now where have we gone wrong? That book to me is more than just a book about Apollo 11, it is a book symbolizing spirit and cooperation, we need more of that now than ever.

Oh, bye the way, I agree with another reviewers comments that Amazon are simply tossing books loose into boxes, there slide around and get dogearred corners. Amazon ned to educate their packers to take more care and stop skimping on shrink wrap and bubble wrap, please protect our books when you ship them.

Joe.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Barry H. Leeds on May 26, 2010
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This handsome reissue of Norman Mailer's 1970 book, OF A FIRE on the MOON, with much additional appurtenant material, is a welcome supplement to the massive Mailer canon. Highly recommended.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Tod Burns on June 2, 2010
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An excellent volume even if you aren't a collector and I really like the style of the author, tremendously insightful.

The book was simply placed in a box with another book and suffered some cosmetic damage during postage, that is not good enough, the book should of have at least, have been bubble wrapped in the box.

The book is very good value and a must for anyone with interest in Apollo.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By G. Schellenger on October 5, 2010
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I love Project Apollo. I have nearly 100 books on the topic, but nothing like Moonfire. Every time you turn a page there's a chance your breath will be taken away.

This is a loving tribute to our first trip to another planet. It's a blue print of the expedition - it's a time capsule of how we were.

Only $40 dollars? I would have paid twice that...

Thank you Norman Mailer for the thought provoking prose, thank you Amazon for making this available.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on September 18, 2010
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If you love space exploration, this book is the ultimate item for your collection : Magnificent photos---> with gorgeous foldouts ¡ , the text is first rate ---> covers both technical & human parts of the mission, the book itself is a big, beautiful work of art, and the price oh my ¡¡ --- a Bargain ¡¡¡

Five Stars for MoonFire / 0 Stars for Amazon why ?? the book arrived with some minor damage to the dustcover ( NO BUBBLE WRAP AT ALL )
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Bill B. on July 26, 2010
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This is a magnificent review of our spaceflight program up to Apollo 11 -- wonderful photos, prose, and history. A true telling of one of the greatest triumphs of humankind in science and technology and engineering. The only negative, it stops at Apollo 11, I wish the same treatment was available for the remainder of the Apollo missions.
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