- Hardcover: 338 pages
- Publisher: Random House; 1st edition (1973)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0394488326
- ISBN-13: 978-0394488325
- Product Dimensions: 7.1 x 4.2 x 0.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #780,517 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Return to Earth Hardcover – 1973
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Despite that critical work, Aldrin is mostly remembered for becoming the second man on the Moon, after Neil Armstrong, on the Apollo 11 mission. On July 20, 1969, he and Armstrong spent about 20 hours on the lunar surface. This mission made Aldrin, along with Armstrong and the third astronaut on the mission, Michael Collins, world figures. Aldrin chronicled in "Return to Earth" the flight of Apollo 11 and in many ways it was a courageous book. Aldrin had a delicate psyche. He was an intellectual who had a personal bent toward philosophy, reflectiveness, and sensitivity. Pushed to the brink by his overbearing father, Aldrin sought approval by overachieving.Read more ›
Unfortunately Buzz comes off as much too self-involved for us to care much for him. After returning from the moon he dutifully asks his young son how he is doing in school only to have the child respond, "Daddy, it's summer vacation!" Oh yeah!
However over the last twenty five years Buzz's development as a writer - and I suspect as a human - has been spectacular. Read his fabulous book MEN FROM EARTH or his equally stellar ENCOUNTER WITH TIBER. You will not be disappointed!
Aldrin and a professional writer cowrote it.
I'm 30, and I never really knew too much about Aldrin or Neil before reading this, for I was not alive for their moment of worldwide fame. I decided to read this book because the Christian author Henri Nouwen mentions that he read it in one of his books (the one where he is at the Monastery).
Someone in their review said that there wasn't too much about the moon landing itself, something isn't very accurate. That was the most entertaining part of the book, and he goes into fairly good detail about the time leading up to it, during, and the aftermath. As a history major, I learned numerous things about the moon landing that I found myself really appreciating. One funny example (without spoiling too much), Aldrin admits to having peed his pants as he stepped onto the moon, for he had weak kidneys.
The beg. and middle (moon-landing portion) were strong and entertaining with engaging facts and funny moments. However, the large gaps in between containing biographical information sort of drug on, and I found myself skimming over some paragraphs that I didn't find were really adding to the book. If you have military, army, marine or air force background, you'd probably find some of those drab portions more entertaining than I. The writer(s) writes in a witty way often times that I haven't found in other books, something that I actually want to steal. I laughed out loud a few times while reading, something that doesn't happen too often with me and books.
I was satisfied with the ending (I won't spoil anything), but I truly feel that the theme could have come across stronger. The ending was a little bit weak in my opinion. There were a couple of powerful themes in essence, but a failure to fully express them as I've seen other books do successfully.
Hope this helps. Cheers
This book is sort of an autobiography of him, from his early childhood, to shortly after the final Apollo (17) mission to the Moon. The path he chose was challenging for him, and he had his share of problems, which is what this book is really about. This book is not about the Apollo program, but one man's life in the program, covering both his successes and failures, and how he overcame them.
Dr. Edwin Aldrin, now formally Buzz, lived a challenging life. His father expected much of him, and from his high school days on, he measured up, but his father was never satisfied. In high school, Buzz received all A's, and afterwards, attended West Point, a very demanding military school, where he majored in Mechanical Engineering. In the Air Force, he was a fighter pilot in the Korean War, and then went to MIT where he received a doctorate in Engineering. He married and had three children, and decided in 1963 that he wanted to be an astronaut. The first two attempts he failed, but made it on the third try, and it paid off, both for him and the space program. When the problem of docking in space arose, Dr. Aldrin was able to figure out, by physics, engineering, and math, how it could be done, with Gemini docking with Agena and later, Apollo and the Lunar Module. Dr.Read more ›
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Very good read. If you have ever been curious about space travel and an astronauts experience, you will enjoy this book.Published 14 days ago by Patricia
At first I was disappointed in the writing style, but as I progressed I realized this WAS Buzz Aldrin. Fascinating.Published 16 days ago by Roberta Stern
I've always wondered what impact that vent had on the men that lived it. Well written, especially the family side of the story. Read morePublished 25 days ago by Amazon Customer
Took awhile to read-lots of gripping information in here but as I am busy, I didn't get to read a lot at a time. Good story line and easy to follow.Published 1 month ago by Donna K.
Interesting to read about his experiences. Not riveting, but quite nice really.Published 1 month ago by deny45
This book definitely was not what I expected or hoped it would be. The kindle sample gave me the impression that this would be a classic memoir balancing facts and experiences... Read morePublished 1 month ago by groupworker