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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: VIKING PRESS USA (25 Jun. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0670020788
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670020782
  • Product Dimensions: 27.5 x 2.3 x 23.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 158,140 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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lunar missions. Here, astronauts vividly recount --their experiences in intimate detail - their

distinct personalities and remarkably varied --perspectives emerge from their candid and deeply

personal reflections. Carefully assembled into a --narrative that reflects the entire arc of the

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in-depth interviews with 23 of the 24 Apollo lunar

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By S. Gurney on 12 July 2009
Format: Hardcover
Andrew Chaikin (along with Victoria Kohl) have done it again! He asks the questions that you and I would have asked an astronaut and more. What you end up with with some interesting thoughts from the men that have seen and done things that you and I could only dream about. Many of the pictures are `new' never seen before and the thoughts help you to see that every one of the astrounauts treated their expience in a very unique way. Having read the book you feel that you have a bit more of an understanding of what whent on before, during and after there Apollo experince. Every armchair Astronaut should have this book.
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By Rene on 2 Feb. 2014
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The book is very informative and with lots of photographs not easily seen elsewhere. Even though all Apollo images are available online if your search for the you will have to spend time to download all. So this book is also for the interested in the pictures only.

Highly recommended also to all interested in the going ons behind the scenes on the EVA's on the moon surface as many astronauts opinions and conversations while on the surface are in the book.

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By Mr Giles on 16 Dec. 2013
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This is an excellent book containing many of the very best NASA images from the Apollo missions - the text is from the astronauts own mouths and the book is good value for money.
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By floridagal on 16 Jan. 2014
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My daughter was extremely happy with this book as she is very interested in the space programme. Price was good and the book arrived promptly
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57 of 57 people found the following review helpful
Beautiful words and pictures, original quality contribution to history 14 May 2009
By Dave English - Published on Amazon.com
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Let's start with what this book is not. It is not the complete story of the Apollo moon missions; there are lots of history and technology books for that. It is not the best picture book of the Apollo moon missions; there are some stunning large format books for that. It is not the detailed personal story of what it was like to go to the moon; there are many individual autobiographies for that. So what is this book? Well, it is maybe the best, closest to first-hand, most beautiful summary of what it was like to experience going to moon in the 1960's and `70's.

The production quality is outstanding. The pictures are stunning, the layout inspired. And the extensive text is comprised entirely of extended quotations from the original moon voyagers taken from lots of long interviews with trusted moon mission expert Andrew Chaikin. This is not a quick cut and paste job. This is original quality, a true contribution to our fledging space history captured with care and understanding before it's too late. It's the reflections of the men that really walked and lived on the moon, the only men that can tell the story, organized and illustrated. The feeling I have is of sitting around a comfortable living room with all the legendary moon astronauts as they share memories and reflections, while they hand around the best pictures you've never seen. But the book is better than that! Chaikin draws out the best from the astronauts, and then distils his over 150 hours of conversation down to just the best parts.

So in summary, there are lots of good books about the Apollo moon missions, but this is one of the best you can have to get close to the real human experience of getting there, being there, and coming home. Hope this review helps you.
24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
The true feeling of flying the Apollo missions 16 May 2009
By Frank Sietzen - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Of all the books written about the Apollo program, this book is the personal stories of what it was like to train and fly these missions. My colleague Andy Chaikin has extracted from his vast archive of interviews, conducted for his earlier Apollo book "A Man on the Moon" some of the most powerful and evocative quotations and observations from the lunar crews that flew to the moon from 1968 to 1972. If you buy and read this book, you will see a side to these iconic astronauts rarely shown to the public: sensitive, thoughtful, contemplative and focused. Above all, they show a sense of wonder at their experience and describe views of the universe that most of us will never see. I read the book once and re-read it to savor these reflections. I know personally some of these astronauts, but have never heard them speak this way before.
If you ever really wondered what it was like to ride the Saturn V, fly the Lunar Module, and walk the ancient lunar soil this book is for you.
When the story of our time is written, the missions of the Apollo program will be among our most significant legacies to the history and evolution of the human race. Read this important work-and buy a copy for any young student you know that is considering a career in science, math, engineering-or history.
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
A stunning presentation that mesmerizes 7 Jun. 2009
By Tahir Rahman - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
It is hard to believe that forty years have passed since Neil Armstrong uttered one of history's most famous lines. But largely unread are the words of a few others that walked on or orbited our closest celestial neighbor, the Moon.

The starkness of the lunar landscape with a black sky and briliiant sun rays inspired these men to say words that are enshrined in Andrew Chaikin's latest masterpiece. He is the definitive journalist who has spent hundreds of hours interviewing and compiling the peotic and inspiring words of the first lunar voyagers.

The stunning, breathtaking pictures using the latest printing technology are a magnificent visual experience compared to the grainy, soft color photos from Life magazines of the sixties and seventies. Many images are published here for the first time. The American flags and the marble blue Earth are printed in mesmerizing bold colors. A five star presentation indeed. Priced at a great point for the quality it delivers.

Tahir Rahman, author of We Came in Peace for all Mankind
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Couldn't Sit Down And Chat With The Apollo Moon Astronauts?...Here'e The Next Best Opportunity 11 Jun. 2009
By RDP - Published on Amazon.com
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The author of 'A Man on the Moon' has been able to get the men who have a marvelous story to tell,to express their stories like few have been able to accomplish,including their own admitted difficulty in telling the rest of us 'what it was like'.This book demonstrates quite well how one can get a person to open up their recollections with the right questions asked.History is served well when the story is told by those who made the history.I hope Chaikin has at least one more of these in depth stories to publish..they are indeed special!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Unique Approach, Amazing Content 12 Jan. 2010
By J. C. LEONARD - Published on Amazon.com
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Growing up in the sixties, the American space program strode in contrast alongside the unraveling of a great many institutions and notions of what the USA was, what it stood for and where it was going. While the Viet Nam war dragged on with nightly tallies of American dead on the news, the broadcasts of war, protests, the struggle against racism and political upheaval were peppered with nearly unimaginable feats of engineering, bravery and ingenuity.

Andrew Chaikin does a wonderful job pulling together accounts of all living (at the time of the interviews) astronauts who visited the moon, either by walking on it, driving on it or waiting above it in the command module. He takes us on a journey, grabbing excerpts from interviews from all the astronauts from each step in the process of going to the moon, from training to splashdown. The resulting side-by-side comparison of the impressions and feelings of each astronaut provides a singularly unique perspective of the awesome and audacious effort of visiting the moon and returning safely.

Readers may be shocked to learn of the diversity of personalities that NASA chiefs chose for these spectacular missions. It would be difficult to pin down any but the most general characteristics that made these men suitable for the tasks at hand. Yes, they were all highly intelligent, but beyond that, the reader soon discovers that beyond the "right stuff" test pilot bluster, there are real men with real feelings (even abject fear) who, as much as in spite of what they knew as because of what they knew, left the safety and comfort of earth for the dangerous and forbidding vacuum of space.

With all the voices recalling their experiences at each phase of the journey, it becomes clear why Neil Armstrong was chosen for his role at the tip of the spear. His demeanor is nearly completely void of excitement, shock, wonder or any other strong emotion as recounted in his interview. He was the absolute prototype of cool under pressure. Even with only seconds of fuel left in the descent engine and boulders the size of Volkswagens in his landing area, only his heart monitor knew that he wasn't just backing into a spot at the grocery store.

Chaikin does a great job pulling together all of these impressions in what could have been an editing mess or a simple collection of interviews from each astronaut. The images are absolutely breathtaking and well explained, as are many details and facts that may have puzzled the reader for years, such as, "Why don't we see stars in the sky on the moon?" The only negative point about this work is that 100% of the type is white on a black background which may give some readers a hard time. Beyond that, the book deserves the five stars I'm giving it based on the original approach, the uniqueness of the content and the perspective it brings to an amazing time in U.S. history.
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