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Carrying the Fire: An Astronaut's Journeys Paperback – April 3, 2001
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Collins can write…. He is breezy, glib, collegiate, and frequently funny. There are marvelous things in Carrying the Fire that catch a reader unaware every few pages. (The New York Times)
Strikingly authentic. Collins is an extremely good writer, and his lean, forceful prose makes this an unusually readable memoir…. Written with vigor, humor, and unusual insight into men and machines, this is an outstanding book. (Library Journal)
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Michael Collins, a NASA astronaut, was the third American to walk in space (Gemini 10) and the pilot of the command module during Apollo 11's mission to the moon in July, 1969. Following his career as an astronaut, he served as the director of the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC. He has since retired and lives in Marco Island, Florida.
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A great pity this important part of the Apollo history hasn't been released as an ebook/Kindle. What's stopping the publishers? Are they still waiting to see if ebooks become popular <sigh>?
And this is also my only (albeit minor) problem with this great book, as I would have loved to hear more about his life, both before and after Apollo 11. Mike is way too harsh with himself and doesn't give himself due credit for his great achievements during his NASA days, and probably thought nobody would find his life interesting enough to warrant a book about it.
From the very first page the reader is confronted with an honest, down-to-earth next-door guy, who, through some freak accident in life, happened to be part of the crew that first landed on the moon - well, that is what he wants us to believe, but it is clear from his book that he actually worked very hard to earn his place on Apollo 11. The conversational style and Mike's honesty makes it an easy and catching read, but don't expect many surprises, as the flight of Apollo 11 has been through so much scrutiny since 1969 that probably every second of it has already been described somewhere. He is also not afraid of talking about subjects usually not glamorous enough to be treated in books (like astronaut's bowl movements).
Overall, reading this book feels like having a long and interesting talk with Mike, who openly answers your questions very straightforward, but always downplaying his role and achievements. By doing so, you get a good view of what it was like to be an astronaut during the 60s in NASA, probably the most interesting and intense period in its history - highly recommended.
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