Having read and heard many accounts of Moonwalking, I was expecting this book to be very similar but with the added twist of showing Alan Beans paintings rather than photographs. However, Bean has done something very special in that he has filled in all the minor details that really gives one an insight into just what mankind achieved almost thirty yaers ago. For example, Bean describes paintings of taking core samples and tries to explain what it was actually like to pound a collector into the lunar surface, what made it different to performing a similar act on earth etc. It sounds trivial, but it gives real insight. Bean even tackles the ubiquitous question, "what was it like to be on the Moon?" and he answers it in several ways without using cliches. The text provided by Andrew Chaikin is also well written in a style familiar to those who've read" A Man on the Moon". This is a book to be "lived" with and referred back to time and time again. Each read of it will reveal something more astounding and touch the explorer in all of us.