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One Giant Leap: Apollo 11 Forty Years on Hardcover – 8 May 2009

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  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Aurum Press Ltd (8 May 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845134222
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845134228
  • Product Dimensions: 24.8 x 1.8 x 26.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 736,151 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Piers Bizony has written about science, aerospace and cosmology for a wide variety of magazines in the UK and the US. His previous books include 2001: Filming the Future, The Rivers of Mars (shortlisted for the NASA/Eugene M. Emme Award for Astronautical Writing), Starman (a biography of Yuri Gargarin, also a BBC TV programme) and Space: 50, a collaboration between the Smithsonian Institution and HarperCollins, marking the 50th anniversary of Sputnik. His latest project, Atom, will tie-in with a major BBC TV series on the discovery of quantum physics.

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Quick postage. Great book
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Format: Hardcover
Really well put together and informative book. Ideal for anyone who has an interest in the Appollo mission.
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Format: Hardcover
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2.0 out of 5 stars Great pictures but the narrative is wrong in many places 25 July 2012
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This is a coffee table sized book which I bought mainly for the photographs, some of which have not been published before (although can be found on various websites if you look hard enough).
The photographs are excellent, highly detailed, a lot of color photographs taken from the training and the before the flight, with some taken years after the flight (a good one of Neil Armstrong given a talk 40 years later). There are also some computer generated pictures to give a feel for what some things were like where photographs were not available.
Unfortunately for a book dedicated to the 40th Anniversary of the Apollo moon landing, the narrative that goes along with the book is fairly badly written and in quite a few places just plain wrong.
One glaring example can be found starting on P45 where the author is talking about the computers on board and the infamous program alarm incident during decent. The author starts correctly with mention of Program Alarm 1201 then in the text gives the quote of "Give us the reading on the 1202 alarm". This 1202 alarm happened later and was not part of the same sequence of events. The author then goes on to say the that when Charlie Duke gave the 30 second fuel warning then the Eagle starting moving horizantal (this happened before) and also that when the fuel ran out the abort system would automatically take the astronauts back up to dock with the command module (incorrect). The author states that has heard the air to ground communication tapes and goes on about inflections in the voices but if he had truly heard the tapes then he would know that what he had just written was plainly wrong.
The narrative is a great letdown to what could have been a good book.
The book is worth it for the pictures but do not read it for the content.
5.0 out of 5 stars VERY NICE BOOK OF APOLLO 11 4 May 2013
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5.0 out of 5 stars Keepsake Book! 14 Sept. 2009
By star wars grandma - Published on
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Beautiful book commemorating moon landing. Pictures are awesome - very well done.
Gave it to a family member who turned 40 on the same day as the moon landing.
A perfect gift!
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1.0 out of 5 stars Not much better than internet pictures 11 Jan. 2010
By Linda J. Galante - Published on
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The book purchased contained thick paper pages of pictures of the first Appolo moon landing, not much better than could be gotten on the internet for free. I had hoped there would be much more writing on the development of the spacecraft and the personal experiences of the astronauts. The whole book could have been written by a high school student spending few weekends at the library.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One Giant Leap 13 Sept. 2009
By D. Price - Published on
Format: Hardcover
This book was purchased in commemoration of the 40th anniversary of the July 20, 1969 landing. It tells the story in detail with all of the original famous pictures, and even many color photos I had never seen before. It gives the history with wonderful large and full color photos of John Glenn's Mercury Atlas ship, Mission Control, etc. In addition, the book looks to the future with text and photo quality illustrations of Orion.

The only things I could not find were photos of Gemini and an index. However, this is more of a coffee table book so an index is not really necessary.

I greatly enjoyed this book and would recommend it without hesitation to the spaceflight enthusiast and/or the historian. THE BEST THING ABOUT THIS BOOK IS THE PICTURES.
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