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Apollo: an Eyewitness Account by Astronaut/Explorer Artist/Moonwalker Alan [Hardcover]

Alan Bean
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  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Greenwich Workshop Press Inc.,U.S. (3 Oct 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0867130504
  • ISBN-13: 978-0867130508
  • Product Dimensions: 31.2 x 23.7 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 508,339 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Fantastic! 26 Aug 2000
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
I actually bought the collector`s signed edition of the book, which have I enjoyed immensely from the outset and have fondly perused on many a day since.
What a fantastic perspective this book gives of the spirit and feelings of a man who has such a key place in moon exploration history, being the fourth man to put his footsteps there.
Apollo officianados will know that Apollo 12 (Bean`s mission) was unusual in that it was the only one not to rely heavily on TV pictures from the surface of the moon. Rather ironically, Bean pointed the camera towards the sun shortly after it was deployed, thereby burning it out! His own efforts to record both himself and his mission commander (the ebullient Pete Conrad) in a joint, remotely taken shot where also frustrated when a timing device that he had intended to use on his Hasselblad stills camera was lost in a sample bag.
So much more is it therefore appropriate that this book puts into one place his briliant canvasses. He may not be a "master" but his art is original both in source and content. He captures the enormity and emotion of the events portrayed, which is no mean task given the nature of his subject matter. How used are we all to seeing feelings so clearly set out on the faces of characters? What crucial role does colour play? The landscape or spacecraft reflected in the visor of the astronaut, or his subtle use of colour (which does not in fact show itself on the surface in reality) convey the meaning that could so easily be lacking from the work of an artist without his unique and currently unrepeatable experiences.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
We have seen many of the photos, but now, we have a different perspective of the greatest journey of exploration in the history of man. Al Bean seems to be just as good an artist as he was an astronaut. Bean displays some of his great work depicting important moments from the 6 missions to land on the moon. For every painting there is an explanation so the reader knows what they are looking at. From Dave Scott and his Galileo demonstration to the first moonwalk of Neil Armstrong, Al Bean has done some paintings that make this book a gem. I highly encourage any person who is interested in space exploration, art or American History to buy this book. Al Bean has done a fantastic job!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Oh now this is a bargain! 24 April 2006
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I bought this book at full price a couple of years ago and Amazon UK had to import it from Amazon.com. I had the incredible good fortune to be sent a signed copy (absolutely genuine, I've researched it very carefully) and it's a fine book. Al Bean's paintings are, to be fair, not the most engaging works in the Universe and probably inspire the viewer far more in their original form but nevertheless this book contains some good images and evocative text. At the price Amazon is currently selling the book I might even buy another because it's a steal! I'll bet they're not autographed anymore though...
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5.0 out of 5 stars An inspiring view of the Apollo program 30 Jun 1999
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
I have read all of the Apollo astronauts' accounts of their journeys, and this book adds something different. Alan Bean gives a unique view of the United States' greatest adventure. His paintings renewed my excitement for our space program. The narratives that go with the paintings are genuine and speak to every American. This book will inspire young people to be proud of our space achievements--a quality that both the news media and our politicians sorely lack these days. Bean's love of the space program is displayed by the colors and settings of his works. Many times, Bean reminds us that Apollo was an act of all of America, not just the astronauts. From a space enthusiast's point of view, we need more books like this!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Secrets Revealed in the Fine Detail 5 May 1999
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant paintings, fascinating text 27 Nov 2013
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
You can't go wrong with Alan Bean - the only artist to walk on the moon. The only criticism I can find is that the pictures and texts have no particular order to them - this is more a book to wander around in than to read as a narrative. But since wandering around in it is such fun, that's a very minor problem!
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