- Hardcover: 284 pages
- Publisher: Thomas Nelson Inc; 1st edition (April 1990)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0840791062
- ISBN-13: 978-0840791061
- Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 5.8 x 0.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #106,080 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Moonwalker : The True Story of an Astronaut Who Found that the Moon Wasn't High Enough to Satisfy His Desire for Success Hardcover – April, 1990
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In "Moonwalker", Charlie Duke describes the thrill of spaceflight, the joy and awe at seeing the earth from another planet, and the hard work and dedication it took to complete just one moon shot. The other side of this story is all too human. We see Mr. Duke's failings as a husband while his wife has to cope with his constantly being away, two small children and the everyday decisions and stresses while managing a household. His coldness toward his wife is hard to read about. As Charlie Duke describes it, the moon landing - not his wife - was the most important thing in his life.
After his moonwalk and return to earth there followed a couple months of parades, conferences, public relations and parties. The Apollo program was soon to be over, and the Shuttle was seven years away. Mr. Duke had to cope with 'what now?". The family life that he'd been avoiding all these years finally came home to bite him as their marriage fell apart.
The last part of the book deals with salvation. Dotty had been depressed for some time but had to hold the family together for the sake of appearances. She began to consider suicide to relieve her pain. But, just when it seemed hopeless, Dotty became born-again.Read more ›
During the Apollo era- many other Astros wrote books and told of their tales, each person is individual-I loved this book- because it is rather personal for me- knowing Charlie,and understanding why he chose to go to the moon.
There are some nice black and white pictures. Charlie did a good job detailing some of the other Apollo flights and gave much praise for the 400,000 people who contributed their effort to the success of the Apollo program. I gave the first 90% of the book a solid 4 stars. The book reads very well. There are no boring parts and the book is a page burner. I read it in a little over 1 day. The reader wants to read more.
I knew that Charlie Duke got much more religious AFTER his moonwalk. That was another reason I bought the book...to see what caused him to accept Jesus Christ more into his life. We see Charlie was a workaholic and studied very hard at Annapolis before going into the Air Force and MIT later to get his masters degree. We see his marriage to Dotty his wife and their two young sons affections suffered as Charlie gave them not as much time as he should. His efforts went into JOB 1, flying and becoming a test pilot and later an instructor at Edwards Air Force base and later an astronaut and much training as a backup for Apollo13 and then as the lunar module pilot for Apollo16.
We see the lack of attention Charlie gave Dotty.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It's nice to finally have a book about the men who walked on the moon from a Christian perspective! Even though he wasn't saved until after the trip to the moon, it is nice to see... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Whippoorwill
As a kid of eight, nine, ten, when we were sending men to the moon, I certainly had fond pictures in my mind from my childhood of our astronauts walking on the lunar surface. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Jeff Hopper
I read this Book about ten years ago and I decided to read it again on my Kindle.The Book is just as good as it was the first time I read it,maybe more.
Ronald C. Coursen
Thanks to Mr. and Mrs. Duke for sharing their story. I picked up this book because I am a astronaut/moon travel junkie. Read morePublished 17 months ago by D. Kautz
I love this book it taught me so much about God and how he loves every one and knows our namePublished 19 months ago by Carlos
Of all the astronauts, Charlie Duke is my favorite. He has had an interesting life. In the end he is very inspiring. Read morePublished on July 8, 2014 by B. Miller
Well written and from the heart minus the bravado that so many of these autobiographies have. Charlie provides the most detail about his landing and walk on the moon of any that... Read morePublished on April 26, 2014 by Wingspinner