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First Man: The Life of Neil Armstrong

First Man: The Life of Neil Armstrong

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ISBN 9781471177880
Barcode 9781471177880
Published 29 May 2018 by Simon & Schuster Ltd
Available in EPUB format
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Language en
Author(s) By Hansen, James
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ISBN-13 9781471177880
ISBN-10 1471177882
Stock Available
Status Wheelers ePlatform
Publisher Simon & Schuster Ltd
Imprint Simon & Schuster UK
Publication Date 29 May 2018
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format EPUB ebook – Reissue
Edition Reissue
Author(s) By Hansen, James
Category Biography & Autobiography
Biography & Autobiography: General
Biography & Autobiography: Science, Technology & Engineering
Popular Astronomy
Space Travel & Exploration
Space Science
Number of Pages 464
Dimensions Not specified
Weight Not specified - defaults to 0g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Astronauts - Biography - United States, Air pilots - Biography - United States
NBS Text Biography: Science, Technology & Medical
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code 629.450092
Catalogue Code 929063

Description of this Electronic Book

Now a major filmstarring Ryan Gosling, Claire Foy and Kyle Chandler,directed by Oscar-winner Damien Chazelle,First Man by James Hansen offers the only authorized glimpse into the life of America's most famous astronaut, Neil Armstrong - the man whose "one small step" changed history. In First Man, Hansen explores the life of Neil Armstrong. Based on over 50 hours of interviews with the intensely privateArmstrong, who also gave Hansen exclusive access to private documents and family sources, this "magnificent panorama of the second half of the American twentieth century" (Publishers Weekly, Starred Review) is an unparalleled biography of an American icon. When Apollo 11 touched down on the moon's surface in 1969, the first man on the moon became a legend. Hansen vividly recreates Armstrong's career in flying, from his seventy-eight combat missions as a naval aviator flying over North Korea to hisformative transatmospheric flights in the rocket-powered X-15 to his piloting Gemini VIII to the first-ever docking in space. For apilot who cared more about flying to the Moon than he did about walking on it, Hansen asserts, Armstrong's storied vocationexacted a dear personal toll, paid in kind by his wife and children. In the years since the Moon landing, rumors swirled aroundArmstrong concerning his dreams of space travel, his religious beliefs, and his private life. This book reveals the man behind the myth. In a penetrating exploration of American hero worship, Hansen addresses thecomplex legacy of the First Man, as an astronaut and as an individual. In First Man, the personal, technological, epic, andiconic blend to form the portrait of a great but reluctant hero who will forever be known as history's most famous space traveler.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review 'Let it be said at once that his book isan outstanding success. It has been immaculately researched and ispacked with detail, but written in a way that will appeal to readers of all kinds...this is an important book, and should be in every scientific library.'

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Author's Bio

A former historian for NASA, Hansen is the author of eight books on the history of aerospace. He previously was a professor of history at Auburn University. He lives in Auburn, Alabama.

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