First Man: The Life of Neil A. Armstrong

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First Man: The Life of Neil A. Armstrong

Format:  Paperback,

770 pages

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Publish Date: Oct 2006

ISBN-13: 9780743257510

ISBN-10: 0743257510

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On July 20, 1969, the world stood still to watch thirty-eight-year-old American astronaut Neil A. Armstrong become the first person to step on the surface of another heavenly body. Perhaps no words in human history became better known than those few he uttered at that historic moment. In a penetrating exploration of American hero worship, Hansen addresses the complex legacy of the First Man, as an astronaut and an individual.


Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publish Date: Oct 2006
ISBN-13: 9780743257510
ISBN-10: 0743257510
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 770
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 2.0
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 6.16 x 1.33 x 9.24
Walmart No.: 743257510

Chapter outline

Prologue: The Launch
An American Genesis
The Strong of Arm
The Strong of Spirit
Tranquility Base
First Child
The Virtues of Smallville6
Truth in the Air
Aeronautical Engineering 101
Wings of Gold
Class 5-49
Fighter Squadron 51
Fate Is the Hunter
The Ordeal of Eagles
The Real Right Stuff
The Research Pilot
Above the High Desert
At the Edge of Space
The Worst Loss
Higher Resolve
I've Got a Secret
No Man Is an Island
Training Days
In Line for Command
Gemini VIII
The Astronaut's Wife
For All America
Out of the Ashes
Wingless on Luna
Amiable Strangers
First Out
Dialectics of a Moon Mission
One Giant Leap
Outward Bound
The Landing
One Small Step
Return to Earth
For All Mankind
Dark Side of the Moon
Standing Ground
To Engineer Is Human
The Astronaut as Icon
Into the Heartland


Review by Library Journal (2005-10-01)

This authorized biography is a herculean research effort incorporating personal papers, NASA and other government records, and interviews with over 125 subjects (including Armstrong himself). Hansen (history, Auburn Univ.; Spaceflight Revolution), a former historian for NASA, covers Armstrong's Ohio boyhood and then follows his life as a jet fighter pilot in Korea, Purdue University student, test pilot in supersonic and hypersonic aircraft, and, finally, America's first man on the moon.

Hansen's highly technical descriptions of the training programs at Cape Canaveral and Mission Control in Houston, explanation of how astronaut assignments are made, analysis of the on board routines of the Gemini VIII and Apollo 11 missions, history of Apollo 11's lunar module program, his examination of Armstrong's conflict-avoidance relationship with his Apollo crew mates ("amiable strangers"), and discussion of the controversy surrounding NASA's veiled decision to have Armstrong ("the Lunar Lindy") as its " First Man" are all major contributions.

Hansen also succeeds in penetrating his subject's seemingly enigmatic personality. His disclosure of Armstrong's private life-the tragic loss of a child and a painful divorce after 38 years of marriage-is handled with remarkable sensitivity. This impressively documented and engagingly written biography will stand the test of time. Recommended for all libraries.

[See Prepub Alert, LJ 6/15/05.] - John Carver Edwards, Univ. of Georgia Libs., Cleveland

(c). Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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