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Men from Earth Hardcover – June 1, 1989

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To coincide with the 20th anniversary this July of the first manned lunar landing, these books provide intimate accounts of how NASA accomplished the national goal of putting a man on the moon before the end of the decade. In his book, Aldrin, the second man on the moon, interweaves the story of U.S. and Soviet efforts to reach the moon with his first-hand experience flying both the Gemini and Apollo missions during the height of the space race. His recounting of his two space flights is compelling, especially the account of the nearly aborted Apollo 11 lunar landing. In contrast to Aldrin's astronaut's point of view, Murray and Cox's book tells the Apollo story through the eyes of the NASA managers who guided the men and machines from the early days of the Space Task Group to the Apollo lunar missions. The result is the best account to date of how the enormous program was successfully accomplished. Full of insiders' anecdotes, this book truly humanizes the lunar landing story that too often has been told only in technological and bureaucratic terms. Relying heavily on interviews with the people behind the scenes, the authors vividly capture the spirit of Apollo, its triumphs and tragedies, and its ultimate success. When considering the likely demand for Apollo histories surrounding the anniversary, Aldrin's account may be considered complementary to his Apollo 11 crewmate Michael Collins's recent space history, Liftoff ( LJ 8/88). A review of Douglas MacKinnon and Joseph Baldanza's Footprints: The 12 Men Who Walked on the Moon Reflect on Their Flights, Their Lives and the Future , to be published by Acropolis in July, is scheduled to appear in our next issue.-- Ed. But for libraries considering only one title, Murray and Cox's book should be considered the essential purchase.
- Thomas J. Frieling, Bainbridge Coll., Cal.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 314 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam; First Edition edition (June 1, 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553053744
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553053746
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.2 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #172,598 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on December 16, 1999
Format: Hardcover
Truly a book I could hardly put down once I began to read. Not only is this book a facinating history lesson it is exciting to read and more interesting than fiction because it really happened. The book documents the whole space race including how one man "Buzz" was determined to become an astronaut and what obstacles he had to overcome to become one. His life was almost unimaginable and must rank near the top in one of the most facinating autobiographies ever written (in my opinion of course). All (or what is available) details on the Russian space program are placed chronologically through the book to show where the Russian space program was the same time as the Americans. I wish they had kept this book in print because I would like to get it for a gift for one friend who is an ex desert storm soldier and another who was involved in the space program and got to see the famous german scientists who helped the US win the race to the moon. Truly an excellent book!
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This book is almost as good as Buzz's first book--Return To Earth from early 70's. Dr. Aldrin at least takes his time and makes the effort to share the Apollo 11 experience with us and also what was happening [space related] in America and in RUSSIA during Cold War/ Space race era, and compares the two " superpowers'" and what was happening at both places at same time intervals in the 60's. Much research and time spent in book
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This is my new favorite book on the U.S. 'space race'. This is not a book about Buzz Aldin, which makes it different not only from his other books, but different from nearly all the other astronaut books I've read. For this one he's taken a step back and told the history, using his experiences as an eye-witness or participant where appropriate. The result is a very useful addition to my "space library" because it takes a mostly third-person perspective with Buzz's "I was there" to spice things up.

It would be nice to see a revised edition with a little more about the Soviet side of the space race--this book was written before the Soviet collapse and I know we're learned a lot more about their early space program since then.
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Although no where near as good as Carrying the Fire by Mike Collins this is a good solid book and a must for those who collect books written by astronauts.
It has been out of print for many years and so I'm afraid you might have a hard time finding a copy but it is most definitely worth the effort.
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Men From Earth gives a nice overall narrative of manned spaceflight from its inception through Apollo 11. There was not a lot of new information I leaned about the American side of manned space flight, but quite a bit about the Soviet side, of which I have little knowledge. I was expecting a more detailed account of the Apollo 11 mission from one who was there, but it seemed he wasn't willing to open up as much as I would have liked. The epilogue is regrettable not for what is written, but because none of Buzz's dreams of manned interplanetary exploration ever came even remotely true and we have indeed slipped to "second-rate status" as he warned us.
All-in-all a good read.
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The author of this book went to the the moon but unfortunately the book still lurches in Earth orbit. Yes, the book is hard to get and my grateful thanks to Amazon for getting me a copy. Despite the splendor of the subject matter the book was a tough read. Too dry, too technical, too lost in words. Where was the personal touch? Where was Aldrin's inspiring rehabilitation from alcholism, the personal difficulties, the controversy over who would walk first on the moon. The latter makes it in print, but only just, and one can't quite help but feel with much selective editing. For real space buffs only.
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