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Yes, it's the best Apollo book,
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This review is from: A Man on the Moon: The Voyages of the Apollo Astronauts (Paperback)
The best book about the Apollo missions, even in this basic paperback edition. Chaikin's maitre-d'oeuvre doesn't dwell on the political background nor does it get carried away with astronauts' previous careers. Rather, it gives a detailed account of what happened with each of the manned missions - from launch preparations to splashdown. Giving about fifty pages over to each mission, the author clearly carried out extensive research. The appendices testify to this with a long list of interviewees and forty pages of additional notes which futher explain points made throughout the book.
Detailed to the point of acting as a reference book, this work is very useful to have nearby when reading any of the astronauts' biographies. It is always interesting to cross-check a story with this unemotive account. Don't expect to find much information about the 'other' Apollo activities, though (the tests between Apollos 1 and 7, the ASTP and Skylab). Chaikin concentrates firmly on Apollo 1, then 7 to 17.
There are forty-five or so small but well-chosen and well captioned black and white photographs in the middle pages of the paperback edition.
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