One Giant Leap: Apollo 11 Remembered
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on September 13, 2009
This book was purchased in commemoration of the 40th anniversary of the July 20, 1969 landing. It tells the story in detail with all of the original famous pictures, and even many color photos I had never seen before. It gives the history with wonderful large and full color photos of John Glenn's Mercury Atlas ship, Mission Control, etc. In addition, the book looks to the future with text and photo quality illustrations of Orion.

The only things I could not find were photos of Gemini and an index. However, this is more of a coffee table book so an index is not really necessary.

I greatly enjoyed this book and would recommend it without hesitation to the spaceflight enthusiast and/or the historian. THE BEST THING ABOUT THIS BOOK IS THE PICTURES.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on September 14, 2009
Beautiful book commemorating moon landing. Pictures are awesome - very well done.
Gave it to a family member who turned 40 on the same day as the moon landing.
A perfect gift!
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on May 4, 2013
I LOVE PICTURES AND THIS HAS A LOT OF THEM AND PHOTOS NEVER HAVE SEEN BEFORE! JUST LOOKING AT THE PICTURES TELLS THE WHOLE STORY AND THE CLARITY OF THE PHOTOS IS GREAT! READING IS ALSO VERY GOOD. THIS IS A GOOD PICTORIAL HISTORY OF APOLLO 11 MISSION! HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS ONE ALSO!
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
This is a coffee table sized book which I bought mainly for the photographs, some of which have not been published before (although can be found on various websites if you look hard enough).
The photographs are excellent, highly detailed, a lot of color photographs taken from the training and the before the flight, with some taken years after the flight (a good one of Neil Armstrong given a talk 40 years later). There are also some computer generated pictures to give a feel for what some things were like where photographs were not available.
Unfortunately for a book dedicated to the 40th Anniversary of the Apollo moon landing, the narrative that goes along with the book is fairly badly written and in quite a few places just plain wrong.
One glaring example can be found starting on P45 where the author is talking about the computers on board and the infamous program alarm incident during decent. The author starts correctly with mention of Program Alarm 1201 then in the text gives the quote of "Give us the reading on the 1202 alarm". This 1202 alarm happened later and was not part of the same sequence of events. The author then goes on to say the that when Charlie Duke gave the 30 second fuel warning then the Eagle starting moving horizantal (this happened before) and also that when the fuel ran out the abort system would automatically take the astronauts back up to dock with the command module (incorrect). The author states that has heard the air to ground communication tapes and goes on about inflections in the voices but if he had truly heard the tapes then he would know that what he had just written was plainly wrong.
The narrative is a great letdown to what could have been a good book.
The book is worth it for the pictures but do not read it for the content.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
I worked on Gemini and Apollo at Kennedy, and I try to read every space history book I can get my hands on. From the title, I expected this book to be exclusively about the Apollo 11 mission. However, there is a lot of material included that, while still of interest, has nothing to do with Apollo 11. The photos are good, altho some of the captions are a little misleading. There are several technical and factual errors, including the strange one making the rounds lately about Apollo 6 heading toward earth before recovering and limping into orbit.
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon August 24, 2010
Well, Well This book has great pictures. I enjoyed it. I know about Apollo 11. I was working on Apollo, too. I know many folks who knew Neil, Buzz and Michael. It is a shame that some of the reviewers think that they are the gift from the the universe. These people not only give horrible reviews, they think that they are experts on the entire world and especially Apollo.
I got news for you, you are are nothing. One person NEVER gives a decent review, he is an offensive jerk.
He has to be THE expert on everything.

Anything that celebrates Apollo 11 is a good book. The pictures are lovely. The story is true to the actual mission.
The rest of your complaints ought to be forgotten.
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0 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on January 11, 2010
The book purchased contained thick paper pages of pictures of the first Appolo moon landing, not much better than could be gotten on the internet for free. I had hoped there would be much more writing on the development of the spacecraft and the personal experiences of the astronauts. The whole book could have been written by a high school student spending few weekends at the library.
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