A Man on the Moon: The Voyages of the Apollo Astronauts Paperback – 5 Jan 1995
Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought
Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?
Top Customer Reviews
Where the book triumphs, magnificently, is in giving a sense of what it was actually like to be on the moon. You come away feeling as if you'd been there with the astronauts. The author's key technique is to tell you what they were thinking, and how they felt, as they were exploring the surface. This lets you imagine how you'd have felt in the same place.
The book did, however, remind me of one reason why the later Apollo missions failed to hold the public's interest (or mine, at least) - the relentless focus on geology. Unfortunately the book's fidelity to its subject means that its later chapters are affected in much the same way. After the 50th (or was it 100th?) description of a rock being picked up, I was thinking "wasn't there *anything* else they could have done up there?", and never wanting to hear the word "basalt" again.
Nevertheless, this is an excellent book, and well worth reading, whether you're a "rookie" or veteran of space exploration literature.
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.
I will never walk on the moon, and neither will you. The closest we will ever get is Chaikin's book. Read it. You won't be disappointed.
It should be read in conjunction with 'Apollo - The Race the the Moon,' and is the perfect counter-argument to all those saddo conspiracy theorists who say that man never got there. Believe me, if Armstrong, Aldrin et al had not landed, the Soviets would have shouted long and loud about it!
If the book has a fault, it possibly gets a little too involved in geology towards the end, but even then, the subject is explained simply and clearly enough to retain reader interest.
After reading A Man on the Moon, you will feel as if you know the astronauts personally. Chaikin also inserts many little-known anecdotes from the Apollo project. He realises that it is impossible to tell the whole story of Apollo in one managable text, so concentrates on the astronaut theme.
If the book whets your appetite for Apollo stories, try the source texts section for more ideas.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Well written account of the Apollo programme - not just the moon landings, but the selection and training, the roles and personalities of of the astronauts, and their earthbound... Read morePublished 5 months ago by jackmerry
Read it before from the library. Wanted a copy for myself. Second hand but worth it.Published 9 months ago by Steve Harris
Excellent insight in to mans race to land a man on the moon. Lots of info backed by a real feel for all the events concerning this world changing event. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Steve Robinson
Terrific book. I couldn't put it down. If you lived through the Apollo program this will bring back memories and fill in all of the facts you may have missed at the time.Published 20 months ago by tomsmallfield
This is a quite outstanding book covering the apollo missions and more. The human story as well as the technical. The author strikes exactly the right balance... Read morePublished on 10 Mar. 2014 by Dr G
Having seen the first Moon landing in grainy black and white on TV in my primary school canteen (the TV was on constantly so we could drop in and catch moments of this momentous... Read morePublished on 11 Sept. 2011 by P. Jackson
A wonderful evocation of all aspects of the Apollo programme: the sense of achievement and purpose that animated the programme in the 1960s and early 1970s, before budget cuts and... Read morePublished on 16 Aug. 2009 by John Hopper
Look for similar items by category
- Books > Reference > Transport > Aviation > Commercial
- Books > Science & Nature > Astronomy & Cosmology > Astronomy > Stars & Interstellar Matter
- Books > Science & Nature > Astronomy & Cosmology > Space Travel & Exploration
- Books > Science & Nature > Engineering & Technology > Aeronautics & Aerospace > Astronautics
- Books > Scientific, Technical & Medical > Astronomy & Cosmology > Astronomy
- Books > Scientific, Technical & Medical > Astronomy & Cosmology > Space Travel & Exploration
- Books > Travel & Holiday > Speciality Travel > Air Travel