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Norman Mailer was one of the 20th century's greatest and most influential writers, as well as one of America's most renowned and controversial literary figures. The best-selling author of a dozen novels and 20 works of nonfiction, he also wrote stage plays, screenplays, television miniseries, hundreds of essays, two books of poetry, and a collection of short stories. A two-time Pulitzer Prize winner, he lived in Brooklyn, New York and Provincetown, Massachusetts. Buzz Aldrin made history as one of the first men to walk on the Moon. A graduate of West Point, he earned his Sc.D. in Astronautics from MIT before joining NASA, and the Gemini XII and Apollo 11 missions. He is the founder of the ShareSpace Foundation and author of several books. Colum McCann is the author of seven books, including Let the Great World Spin. He has written for The New York Times, Atlantic Monthly, GQ, The Times (London), The Irish Times, and La Republica.
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Magnificent tribute to mankind's giant leap17 Oct. 2009
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I got this book from Amazon (and was thrilled to get a copy as high up as number 216!) because I wanted my kids to have a way of remembering one of mankind's greatest accomplishments. Its hard to believe that it is now over 40 years since we went to the moon, and have yet to go any further. It is also hard to imagine us doing anything like that today, which makes it all the more important to remember what this country was once capable of. This book is a magnificent tribute to the entire Apollo program. The book is immense in size and weight and extremely well made. The photos are outstanding and particularly well printed, the paper is very heavy stock and the book is superbly bound with needle and thread. The plastic box that the book is placed in may be a bit of a gimmick, but it does make it stand out. The icing on the cake is the accompanying framed photo, one of the most famous of all time. It is so well reproduced that it seems to glow, and having it signed by Buzz Aldrin makes it something special. It is great to be able to tell my kids that the person standing on the moon in the photo is the same person who signed the picture on the back "just for them". Given that this edition is limited to just 1957 copies and that Amazon discounts it by 20%, this is a remarkable bargain. I highly, highly recommend it. Grab it while it is still available.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
More than a book!31 Jan. 2010
Larry J. Gross
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This was one of my best buys on Amazon. I first saw this advertised in Restoration Hardware for $1,000, of course it was less on Amazon($800) and now a collector's item since only 1,969 were issued with this limited edtion. The 11" X 17" photo of Buzz Aldrin (signed by Buzz himselve) and taken by Neil Armstrong is amazing! The 35 pound book I have been reading from time to time since it arrived about 6 weeks ago. Norman Mailers handwritten notes appear throughout this one of a kind book/ Atlas. It takes me right back to that week Apollo 11 took off for the moon. The photo's are unlike any I have ever seen in a "book" It was well worth the price.