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The Last Man on the Moon: Astronaut Eugene Cernan and America's Race in Space Paperback – Bargain Price, July 1, 2000
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Don 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 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.