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Carrying the Fire: An Astronaut's Journeys
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 22 July 2009
As a small boy allowed to watch "history being made" the Apollo missions had a lasting impact on me.Whereas "A Man on the Moon" remains in my opinion the best book on the Apollo programme "Carrying the Fire" is the one that really brings home what it was actually like to be an astronaut and to fly in space.Mike Collins maintains that only someone who has actually experienced spaceflight can articulate what the experience was truly like and that really comes across in this book.A very personal account & superbly written I literaly couldn't put this book down.An absolute must read for spaceflight fans.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 22 October 2008
I've read many books about the Apollo program and have to agree with other reviewers that Michael Collins' account is by far the most enjoyable read and shows the astronaut who has spent years in the shadow of Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin to be a very intelligent, witty and likeable story teller. Absolutely brilliant!

For readers who want to see more of this famously illusive astronaut, he takes a leading role (along with his infectious personality) in the film In The Shadow Of The Moon [2007]
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 5 February 2010
Exactly what you'd expect an articulate astronaut of the 60's era to write. This might be because he's just about the only one. Cool, emotionally detached and gripping precisely because of this. It's not an autobiography, it's journey to the moon with the same treatment you might expect from a car mechanic writing about cars. This is the kind of man who does this kind of thing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 17 October 2008
I agree with the other reviews that rate this as the best Apollo book. Collins was there on the first moon landing mission and, unusually for an astronaut, he has the skills of a top class professional writer to be able to communicate the experience. He also explains the technicalities of spaceflight in an accessible way. A really outstanding book.
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on 21 December 2013
Fascinating first hand account of Apollo 11's extraordinary mission and others besides. These astronauts were heroes but also flawed human beings and Michael Collins never shies away from the fact with refreshing candour. He also explains technical details in such a way that even I, no rocket scientist, can understand. Brilliant!
Flying was once a myth and space exploration science fiction. One day perhaps reaching for the stars will become commonplace, driven by economic factors rather than curiosity or awe. But this book recalls a time when despite political wrangling better things seemed possible.
This book is for all those who, like me, remember what a remarkable time for space exploration the sixties were and the sense of wonder we felt at the first moon landing in 1969. And it is for those who want some history and real life adventure.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 4 January 2010
I am very interested in space exploration and I would rate this book as excellent ++. There is plenty of technical detail and yet, unlike many astronauts, Michael Collins has a very well developed sense of humour. I cannot rate this book too highly.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 21 September 2009
Loved this book. Just the right mix of technical stuff, humour and an extraordinary story. A fascinating insight into the life of an astronaut. Well written and totally gripping - even if we all know they made it home safely.
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on 30 July 2012
Have just finished this book for the second time. Absolutely terrific.

The insider view of the astronaut programme up to and including Apollo 11 is worthy subject matter in itself, and the perspective of Collins as CMP - so the 'third man' orbiting the moon during the landings - gives it very specific angle. But it is the way that the book is written that brings it so memorable. Collins writes with warmth, humour and candour - for example, in the disarming way he discusses complex technical details, or the frank description of some of his fellow astronauts and his attitude to various aspects of life as an astronaut. One of the best books I have read on any topic.
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on 11 February 2015
The most elegant and readable of the astronaut memoirs. Collins employed no ghost writer and the book benefits hugely. The writing is witty and thoughtful and you get the sense of a man proud of his achievements and slightly bewildered by the attention he continues to receive. Of special interest are the portraits of his fellow astronauts- the description of Buzz as a man who resents not being the first on the moon more than he appreciates being second gives you a good idea of the nature of the book. A must for anyone interested in manned space exploration and a highly recommended book for anyone with even a vague interest in the subject or the biography of a fine man.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
I first read (and re-read) 'Carrying the Fire' as a teenager and enjoyed it immensely. As an adult I continue to enjoy it even more. Well written, easy to read and understand, it is simply the best of the genre. Add this to your collection, you will not be disappointed.
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