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A Man on the Moon: The Voyages of the Apollo Astronauts

Andrew Chaikin

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A Man on the Moon: The Voyages of the Apollo Astronauts is quite simply the best book written about the Apollo moon missions. The writing is incredible. The research is impecable. The details are enthralling and exhilarating.

Andrew Chaikin has written a masterpiece of space history. Anecdotes never before uncovered are told in the astronauts’ own voices.

I consider myself a bit of a space history nerd and knew a lot about the Apollo missions. This book clearly demonstrates that there are details and stories that had never been told before this was written.

Each of the astronauts’ history is covered. Their personal lives are discussed in detail. The missions they were involved in are scrupulously detailed. For a book on the history of the most heated part of the space race it is surprisingly moving, emotional, and heartfelt.

From President Kennedy’s pronouncement that the United States would have the goal of sending a man to the moon and returning him safely home before the decade was out to the last mission is covered. In fact, early rocketry is covered as well as the importance of the Mecury and Gemini missions in preparing NASA to land on the moon.

If you love space history, political history, or science, this book is an incredible read. Anyone with even a passing interest in the moon missions should read this book as soon as possible. It is simply the best book you will ever find about the incredible efforts it took to get to the moon and return safely.

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