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The First Men on the Moon: The Story of Apollo 11 (Springer Praxis Books) 2007th Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0387341767
ISBN-10: 0387341765
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"Space historian Hartland begins with background about the astronauts and the mission, but mostly focuses on the actual time line and events of Apollo II. … The book includes an excellent selection of full-page black-and-white photographs, a section of color images, and several interesting table about the mission. The conclusion mentions the world tour taken by the Apollo II crew and some of the geological results obtained from the lunar samples. Summing Up: Recommended. General readers." (J. Z. Kiss, CHOICE, Vol. 44 (9), May, 2007)

"The First Men on the Moon is a timely clarion call to turn our eyes again to the stars (or at least the Moon and Mars). … This will be a ‘must’ for serious space buffs who want to have an archive of all the facts and figures of a pioneering mission and a nostalgic read for older buffers who fondly remember those heady days. At under £20 it is good value, well produced … ." (David Stickland, The Observatory, Vol. 127 (1200), October, 2007)

"The prolific Mr Harland is back again with this detailed account of the flight of Apollo 11. … The book is well illustrated throughout, and there’s even a nice selection of colour plates … . This is the first in series of books by Harland on each Apollo mission that will be published by Springer-Praxis in the coming years. If they are all as good as this one, then they will be welcome additions to any Apollo fan’s library." (Liftoff, Issue 238, March-April, 2007)

"I have read many books on the Apollo program … ‘The First Men on the Moon’ by David Harland is definitely on the top rung. … suitable for anyone, from a senior aerospace engineer to someone totally new to reading about space exploration, and therein resides the genius of this book: the newcomers have things methodically explained in a logical manner allowing them to understand the intricacies of the mission … . it is a very high quality product with excellent illustrations … ." (Robert I. Hedges, Customer Reviews, September, 2009)

“This book is a must for both hard core and causal readers of the subject. The casual reader will develop a greater understanding of linear events while the hard core Apollo enthusiast will enjoy the nuts and bolts of the procedures involved in the mission. In the end this is a must have for anyone’s Apollo library.” (B. Morris, Amazon, November, 2010)

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Product Details

  • Series: Springer Praxis Books
  • Paperback: 380 pages
  • Publisher: Praxis; 2007 edition (October 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0387341765
  • ISBN-13: 978-0387341767
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 1 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #832,545 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I just picked this one up at the book store yesterday, so have not yet finished reading it. Since nobody else has yet reviewed this book, I'll volunteer to go first to make a few first observation comments.

First, this new book is quite factual and chronologically accurate. It is also very well organized, with an uncustomary, but fully detailed ToC. Atypical for such books, it has LOTS of full page photos, and illustrative figures (mostly B&W, but one whole section devoted to color of this Apollo mission). Many of the pictures are unusual in that I have yet to see them published elsewhere in similar books on the same subject. For this reason alone I recommend this new book by David Harland, "The First Men on the Moon: The Story of Apollo 11".

I'm sure it is somewhat repetitive of other books on this and other Apollo Moon Missions, but still appears much more focused on this specific amazing and most historic spaceflight. It is seemingly much more technically detailed with factual information as well. The bibliography listed references is impressive, so the author must have thoroughly researched Apollo 11 in preparing this book.

I have read (and reviewed on this website) several other excellent books on Project Apollo, particularly those written by the Astronauts and key players within Mission Control, plus watched all the currently available (DVD) videos as well. This one may turn out to surpass all other sources of information, including NASA's archives, with respect to the first Moon landing. However, I will have to return to update my review at a future date, after reading it to completion.
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I worked on the Apollo 11 launch at Kennedy and therefore have a more than passing interest in the subject. This is the first book I have found that is (as far as I can tell) technically perfect. I was sorry when I ran out of book. I especially enjoyed the way Harland included the on-board voice transcripts interspersed with his explanations of what was going on. Lots of good photos and explanatory diagrams. I would rate this 10 stars if it were possible.
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My review is similar, in part, to the first reviewee from California. I had seen this one listed but did not purchase it immediatley. I read and collect books on the Mercury to Apollo space program but I had to weigh the price-to-new-presentation format factor of this book before deciding to aquire it.

The first review was enough to make me want to get it and add it to my collection. Some new pictures, in color, were good to see. (Also noted was the fact that there are pictures of Neil Armstrong on the moon. This seems to be mis-represented in other books. The two pictures are of him in the background and not a "tourist" style shot.)

What I liked the most was the commentary between the astronauts and Mission Control. I had not read as complete of a dialoge from lift off to splash down as I had in this book. This type of material may have been covered in other books that I have not yet discovered or read, such as the NASA Mission Report book series by Robert Goodwin.

I enjoyed the layout and informative interpretation of the material. I thought that it was another good version of an "old" story.
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If you are new to the Apollo programme, and want a concise chronological account of the Apollo 11 mission, here's the perfect book.

The story is all here: Astronaut biographies, preparations, launch, lunar traverse, orbit, landing, ascent, and recovery. The beauty of this book is the narrative is a mixture of the authors research, NASA transcripts, and historical archives.
There is liberal use of b&w and colour photographs, and diagrams from NASA flight plans.

All this added together gives the reader the mission from the more important viewpoints, and you can imagine yourself right in the middle of all the unfolding drama.

Highly recommended.
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David Harland has done it again with his book "The first men on the moon".
I may have read his books strictly out of order as I started with his book on Apollo 12 then read this one. The two are very similar in that David Harland takes you from before the flight to after touchdown, revealing the most pertinant (and sometimes most fun) points of the mission, covering everything from what the astronauts had for breakfast, to PTC rolls, burn histories and ending with a post flight analysis of the samples collected by Armstrong and Aldrin and yet he covers all these things in an interesting and not really technical way. Anybody can pick up this book and enjoy it. You don't need to be an engineer or someone who has studdied NASA/Apollo.
Although Apollo 11 was the seminal and most historic mission, of his two books covering individual flights I did actually find the Apollo 12 one more interesting and Mr Harland actually covered it in slightly more depth than Apollo 11. So if you only wanted to pick up and read one mission outline then Apollo 12 is the one to go for, however that in no way puts this book down and its definately worth getting and reading.
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