ISBN: 0316544116 / ISBN-13: 9780316544115
For many, the moon landing was the defining event of the twentieth century. So it seems only fitting that Norman Mailer--the literary provocateur who ... Show synopsis For many, the moon landing was the defining event of the twentieth century. So it seems only fitting that Norman Mailer--the literary provocateur who altered the landscape of American nonfiction--wrote the most wide-ranging, far-seeing chronicle of the Apollo 11 mission. A classic chronicle of America's reach for greatness in the midst of the Cold War, "Of a Fire on the Moon "compiles the reportage Mailer published between 1969 and 1970 in "Life "magazine: gripping firsthand dispatches from inside NASA's clandestine operations in Houston and Cape Kennedy; technical insights into the magnitude of their awe-inspiring feat; and prescient meditations that place the event in human context as only Mailer could. Praise for "Of a Fire on the Moon" " " "The gift of a genius . . . a twentieth-century American epic--a "Moby Dick "of space."--"New York" " " "Mailer's account of Apollo 11 stands as a stunning image of human energy and purposefulness. . . . It is an act of revelation--the only verbal deed to be worthy of the dream and the reality it celebrates."--"Saturday Review" "A wild and dazzling book."--"The New York Times Book Review" " " "Still the most challenging and stimulating account of [the] mission to appear in print."--"The Washington Post" " " Praise for Norman Mailer "[Norman Mailer] loomed over American letters longer and larger than any other writer of his generation."--"The New York Times" "A writer of the greatest and most reckless talent."--"The New Yorker" "Mailer is indispensable, an American treasure."--"The Washington Post" "A devastatingly alive and original creative mind."--"Life" "Mailer is fierce, courageous, and reckless and nearly everything he writes has sections of headlong brilliance."--"The New York Review of Books" "The largest mind and imagination [in modern] American literature . . . Unlike just about every American writer since Henry James, Mailer has managed to grow and become richer in wisdom with each new book."--"Chicago Tribune" "Mailer is a master of his craft. His language carries you through the story like a leaf on a stream."--"The Cincinnati Post"