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First Man: The Life of Neil A. Armstrong

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In the first and only definitive, authorized biography of the first man to walk on the moon, Hansen chronicles the life of Armstrong, from the ... Show synopsis

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Moonduster

Good book, but nothing new

by Moonduster on Jan 6, 2011

First Man is a typical book on the subject of the Apollo moon landings. It's especially good at presenting the unique challenges of the first moon landing. The only reason to read this book is to get a little understanding into the life and mind of the first moonwalker. Unfortunately, Armstrong did not reveal as much as I would have liked. He has always been good at keeping his thoughts to himself and this book seems to leave more questions than it resolves. For instance, Hansen spent an entire chapter on the life of Armstrong's daughter, Karen, who I'd never heard about. Later in the book, he goes on for page after page discussing whether or not Armstrong took a souvenior of hers with him to the moon. That question is not answered in the book, so why even bring it up? There are a lot of good things in this book, but it feels incomplete to me.

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