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Great pictures but the narrative is wrong in many places
on July 25, 2012
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.