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The Last Man on the Moon: Astronaut Eugene Cernan and America's Race in Space Paperback – July 1, 2000
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“This is an exciting, insider's take on what it was like to become one of the first humans in space.” ―Publishers Weekly
“Eugene Cernan offers unique insight...[he's] experienced it all” ―African Sun Times
“A fascinating book...Cernan pulls few punches.” ―Charlotte Observer
“Refreshingly told...written as though it's been days since he went to space, not decades.” ―St. Petersburg Times
“[with] thrilling highlights, this is a book not just about space flight but also about the often brutal competition that went on between the US and the Soviet Union.” ―Washington Times
“With the feel of a story recalled among friends, this is an appealingly down to earth account from the last man to walk on the moon. No advanced physics, no scientific mumbo-jumbo. Just a thoroughly engrossing recollection of Cernan's crucial role in the conquest of space. I loved the book.” ―Ron Howard, Director, Apollo 13
“I know the American people will learn a great deal from this book. I hope they learn a lot more about astronaut Gene Cernan, my friend, a man of courage and dedication.” ―President George Bush
About the Author
Eugene Cernan (1934-2017) flew in space three times, twice to the moon. He was the pilot of Gemini 9, lunar module pilot on Apollo 10, and commander of Apollo 17. He is a graduate of Purdue University and the U.S. Naval Post Graduate School and the recipient of numerous honorary degrees, military awards, and civilian honors, ranging from selection to the U.S. Space Hall of Fame to a television Emmy. He was chairman of the board of Johnson Engineering Corporation in Texas.
Donald A. Davis was a newspaper and wire service correspondent whose assignments ranged from Selma to Saigon and Cape Kennedy to the White House before becoming a New York Times bestselling author. He co-author of New York Times bestseller Shooter: The Autobiography of the Top-Ranked Marine Sniper and author of Lightning Strike: The Secret Mission to Kill Admiral Yamamoto and Avenge Pearl Harbor. He lives in Colorado with his wife, Robin.
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However, I saw an interview with Cernan on youtube, and the film this book was based on with the same title and wanted to read this account. What I always appreciated about Gene Cernan was he was the rare astronaut that had the vulnerability to gobeynd the technical. That is, in an interview he stated that he felt he needed to express what going to the moon's like - how it felt. Unfortunately for many of themes who journeyed to the moon, expressing oneself was a difficult thing.
Cernan was a bit different and this book is the expression of that fact. The book is open, vulnerable and just a great read. Cernan really expressed what his life as an astronaut was like, how it felt , what it was like. In short, this is just a great read I blew through very rapidly. Cernan talks about himself and his family. Although he wasn't the only one to leave reminders as to his family, his references to his daughter really always said something to me and my life and family. Cernan seemed like a mensch for his actions and a genuine person able to more freely express himself about his travels than most of the other astronauts. Unfortunately, the technical brilliance and ability didn't translate to a ability and desire to convey that beauty to humanity as mush as could be hoped. I recall seeing an interview where Cernan felt it was his duty to talk. This book goes a long way towards conveying things that only a limited number of human beings have ever felt.
If you have the slightest interest in Apollo I would recommend this book. Unfortunately Cernan passed away in early 2017, but this book is actually inspiring. It made me want to aspirate do better. These astronauts were not just strap it and go types, they were intimately involved in many technical details and were engineers and technically very very smart people. In reading this book I realized just how great so many of the Apollo people were with the three astronauts just being the tip of the spear so to speak.
Fantastic read, informative and wished I had grabbed it years ago. My reading of Andrew Chaikin's book was not the quite the whole story as this book makes clear.
All current and future astronauts should read this book as well as Mike Mullane's "Riding Rockets" book. If not for anything else, but to be unafraid to be human and give us commoners a true hero to look up to--not the watered down, politically correct, perfectly groomed specimens that they must be in today's astronaut corps.
The one thing in this book that I thought was interesting was heating cernan's thoughts on buzz aldrin. I knew that some astronauts didn't like him, but it was fascinating to here cernan give exacting reasons why.
The MP3 CD is great. Very easy to rip and upload to my phone.
I encourage anyone, who has a love for NASA, space, space history, or the moon, to read this book. I also encourage those who share my fascination with anything space related, to watch "When We Left Earth" (by Discovery Channel) for an additional look at Gene Cernan. His interviews are funny, educational, and honest. (He also happens to be a pretty handsome guy.)
Gene, if you are reading this, thank you so much for writing this book with (so much) detail. Unfortunately, I was born about a year after you took your last steps on the moon, but your book allowed me to feel as if I were sitting in my living room watching it happen (live) on television. I will make sure to pass this amazing history to my children, and assure they will never forget you, and all of the other extraordinary men, who made life in the world of space travel (NASA) look easy.
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Lots of info in the moon aventure,tectnecal,and the views you had from the spacecraft.