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  • Paperback: 704 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin; Re-issue edition (7 May 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141041838
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141041834
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.7 x 4.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 73,084 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'An extraordinary book ... Space, with its limitless boundaries, has the power to inspire, to change lives, to make the impossible happen. Chaikin's superb book demonstrates how' Sunday Times 'A superb account ... Apollo may be the only achievement by which our age is remembered a thousand years from now' - Arthur C. Clarke

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Born in 1956, Andrew Chaikin grew up in Great Neck, New York, with a fascination for the heavens and space exploration. While studying geology at Brown University he participated in the Viking mission to Mars at the N A S A/Caltech Jet Propulsion Laboratory. He has worked as a researcher, editor, writer, commentator and television consultant. A Man on the Moon is the result of eight years' research and writing, including interviews with each of the twenty-three surviving Apollo voyagers. Chaikin lives in Arlington, Massachusetts.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Emanon on 1 Sept. 2009
Format: Paperback
A great big brick of a book telling the story of America's quest to put a man on the moon in nearly 600 pages could seem quite intimidating, but it is a great read and never gets dull or outstays its welcome. The style is very free-flowing and takes you through the Apollo programme mission-by-mission introducing the main players and the main achievements and disappointments as you go along and you are left with a really excellent feeling of how the whole amazing enterprise was put together and executed by a group of brave and clever people whose contribution to the expansion of human knowledge and the development of modern technologies is sometimes rather overlooked nowadays.

Technically, of course, it is three books in one as that is how the text is split up. Book one takes us through from the dreadful catastrophe of Apollo 1 through the various steps along the way towards the soaring success of Apollo 11 and the quite amazing technological leaps that had to be made to make that possible. Book two takes us through the middle "consolidation" period of lunar exploration with Apollo Missions 12-14 and includes dramatic descriptions of the ill-fated Apollo 13 which many people now regard as NASA's "most shining moment". Book three covers the astonishing successes of the last three moon landings, Apollo Missions 15-17, building on what had been achieved before and slowly uncovering more and more about the fascinating geology of the moon and leaving you with a slight sense of loss that the programme was not allowed to continue - not least when you discover what the Moon could still offer us in terms of solutions to our energy crisis for example - if only we'd been brave enough to stretch our minds to the possibilities on offer to us.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A. D. Crysell on 5 Jan. 2009
Format: Hardcover
For the twentieth anniversary of Apollo 11 there was a lovely bunch of excellent Apollo histories. For the 25th anniversary there was little beyond this one. The reason was clear - this book wipes the floor with all the others. It is written in a beautiful style, rushes the reader along with panache and never lets up.

But just being a good read wouldn't be enough for all those space geeks like me who lap this sort of stuff up. It is replete with technical details explained in such a way that you would barely know if there has been a technical factlet just gone by. And the author did such wonderful research that there is enough new anecdote to keep even the jaded Apollo fan going. If you buy only one general Apollo hstory, buy this one.

And definitely buy it in the three volume illustrated version. This has Chaikin's original text with a slew of fantastic photos beautifully reproduced. Expensive, perhaps, so do what I did and get your wife/husband/partner/etc to get it for you as a present. You will love them forever.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 24 July 2000
Format: Hardcover
If you're at all interested in the Apollo missions to the moon, you will thoroughly enjoy "A Man on the Moon". It is a very well researched account of each astronaut's personal experiences, most notably including a refreshing view of Apollo 11 and the dramatic Apollo 13, without the overly technical details that some similar works have. The photos help the reader to visualise the Apollo experience. I was genuinely upset when I finished reading this book, as it was absolutely fascinating!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By surfer pete on 1 Aug. 2009
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A Man on the Moon (The Voyages of the Apollo Astronauts) Andrew Chaikin.

Critically acclaimed book by renowned Aerospace author and scientist Andrew Chaikin. I read the previous edition of this book a few years ago and it's great!

Reading somewhere between history, biography, popular science and a thriller this is a well respected, bestselling book on the Apollo space program with a few photos in the middle.

Definitely 5 stars.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 4 Jan. 2001
Format: Hardcover
The first book I have read in ages that I simply couldn't put down! The amount of effort put in by the author to accumulate information for this book is evident as the Apollo missions are explained one by one from the tragedy of Apollo 1 through to Apollo 17. This is a must for anyone interested in space exploration.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 5 Dec. 2001
Format: Hardcover
An excellent book that provides what must be one of the most extensive insights into the Apollo moon missions that exists in any format. Excellent photographs, commentary and interviews with those that were actually there. A book that you will keep for in your collection for life
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Stephen George Newman on 9 Nov. 2009
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Excellent book, written in a non techie and flowing style that is easy to follow and hard to put down. I particularly enjoyed the triumph of Apollo 11 and the near disaster tension of Apollo 13. My only disappointment is the failure to make any mention anywhere in the book (including astronaut profiles) of the passing of the charismatic Pete Conrad due to a motorcycle accident some years ago. Nevertheless highly recc'd and probably the best on the subject.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C. Pitbladdo on 4 Oct. 2014
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This is, quite simply, the best account of the Apollo programme that I've ever read. Chaikin's interviews with key characters in the programme really bring the events to life, and it makes for an extremely engaging book.
It's a book that I return to time and time again, and the only reason I'm buying another one is because the pages were falling apart on my old copy.
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