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A Man on the Moon: The Voyages of the Apollo Astronauts (Penguin Magnum Collection) Paperback – 7 May 2009

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Product details

  • Paperback: 704 pages
  • Publisher: Michael Joseph (7 May 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141041838
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141041834
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.7 x 4.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 148,770 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'An extraordinary book ... Space, with its limitless boundaries, has the power to inspire, to change lives, to make the impossible happen. Chaikin's superb book demonstrates how' Sunday Times 'A superb account ... Apollo may be the only achievement by which our age is remembered a thousand years from now' - Arthur C. Clarke

About the Author

Born in 1956, Andrew Chaikin grew up in Great Neck, New York, with a fascination for the heavens and space exploration. While studying geology at Brown University he participated in the Viking mission to Mars at the N A S A/Caltech Jet Propulsion Laboratory. He has worked as a researcher, editor, writer, commentator and television consultant. A Man on the Moon is the result of eight years' research and writing, including interviews with each of the twenty-three surviving Apollo voyagers. Chaikin lives in Arlington, Massachusetts.


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A great big brick of a book telling the story of America's quest to put a man on the moon in nearly 600 pages could seem quite intimidating, but it is a great read and never gets dull or outstays its welcome. The style is very free-flowing and takes you through the Apollo programme mission-by-mission introducing the main players and the main achievements and disappointments as you go along and you are left with a really excellent feeling of how the whole amazing enterprise was put together and executed by a group of brave and clever people whose contribution to the expansion of human knowledge and the development of modern technologies is sometimes rather overlooked nowadays.

Technically, of course, it is three books in one as that is how the text is split up. Book one takes us through from the dreadful catastrophe of Apollo 1 through the various steps along the way towards the soaring success of Apollo 11 and the quite amazing technological leaps that had to be made to make that possible. Book two takes us through the middle "consolidation" period of lunar exploration with Apollo Missions 12-14 and includes dramatic descriptions of the ill-fated Apollo 13 which many people now regard as NASA's "most shining moment". Book three covers the astonishing successes of the last three moon landings, Apollo Missions 15-17, building on what had been achieved before and slowly uncovering more and more about the fascinating geology of the moon and leaving you with a slight sense of loss that the programme was not allowed to continue - not least when you discover what the Moon could still offer us in terms of solutions to our energy crisis for example - if only we'd been brave enough to stretch our minds to the possibilities on offer to us.
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This is, quite simply, the best account of the Apollo programme that I've ever read. Chaikin's interviews with key characters in the programme really bring the events to life, and it makes for an extremely engaging book.
It's a book that I return to time and time again, and the only reason I'm buying another one is because the pages were falling apart on my old copy.
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If you're at all interested in the Apollo missions to the moon, you will thoroughly enjoy "A Man on the Moon". It is a very well researched account of each astronaut's personal experiences, most notably including a refreshing view of Apollo 11 and the dramatic Apollo 13, without the overly technical details that some similar works have. The photos help the reader to visualise the Apollo experience. I was genuinely upset when I finished reading this book, as it was absolutely fascinating!
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It has taken a few attempts to get into the book - there is alot of details about each astronaut and the mission details to take on board, mainly trying to fully grasp the story in order. I however have trouble remembering details so perhaps this is easier for others. However it is great to read the details about the space missions once they are set in space from the astronauts perspective, i have got about 100 pages in so far and enjoying learning about them.
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Impeccably researched, and delivered in clear, objective prose, Chaikin has produced a glowing tribute to the awe-inspiring era of the Apollo missions. I have read this book once only, a couple of years ago, and yet it stays with me even now. I recently visited the Kennedy Space Centre in Florida, and as such have had my interest in all things "Spacey" renewed afresh, but I hold this book in such high regard that I am almost reluctant to revisit it for fear of it falling from the pedestal on which I have placed it.

Whether you are an expert, or a novice, this book is accessible to all on every level. It recreates, in a way I never would have thought possible, the anticipation of the astronauts as they underwent their training, the exhiliration and the emptiness of space, the heart-stopping moments leading up to each moon landings. But it doesn't stop there. Everyone remembers Armstrong's immortal words from the surface of the moon. But Chaikin takes the time to explain what happened next. Why and how each mission differed. You'll even learn some geology along the way.

A feat of magnificent achievement, this book is a deserving compliment to the moon missions it describes. My favourite book ever.
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A Man on the Moon (The Voyages of the Apollo Astronauts) Andrew Chaikin.

Critically acclaimed book by renowned Aerospace author and scientist Andrew Chaikin. I read the previous edition of this book a few years ago and it's great!

Reading somewhere between history, biography, popular science and a thriller this is a well respected, bestselling book on the Apollo space program with a few photos in the middle.

Definitely 5 stars.
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The first book I have read in ages that I simply couldn't put down! The amount of effort put in by the author to accumulate information for this book is evident as the Apollo missions are explained one by one from the tragedy of Apollo 1 through to Apollo 17. This is a must for anyone interested in space exploration.
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