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One Giant Leap: Neil Armstrong's Stellar American Journey

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On July 20, 1969 the whole world stopped. It was a day in which a man who grew up on a farm without electricity would announce, "One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind."

In this, the first ever biography of Neil Armstrong, Leon Wagener explores the man whose walk on the moon is still compared to humankind's progenitor's crawl out of the primordial ooze. And whos
ebook, 320 pages
Published January 1st 2005 by Forge Books (first published April 24th 2004)
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Sort of a strange book. A glowing biography of Neil Armstrong that strongly dissuades the "Neil is a recluse hermit" angle of the past 40+ years... but the author clearly didn't score an interview. An incredibly detailed, obviously well researched piece of work... that has multiple typos ("Layfayette," "Tranquillity" Base are two that jumped out at me for being repeated numerous times). Almost exhausting levels of detail but paragraphs don't necessarily have any logical flow from one to the next ...more
The beginning of this book, the part that talks about when he was a kid, was kind of boring and was a slow start. I liked the rest of the book a lot though. It was interesting to see other people I have read about mentioned in passing. I also really liked reading about how he took some of the inventions from the space program and used them for medical applications and research.

This book made me think a lot. It made me curious about what he thought about the way he was portrayed in the book. The
This is an addictive book - it gives a great perspective of what the original moon landing astronauts, and of course, Armstrong most particularly, went through behind the scenes as they prepared for their historic venture. And then of course the aftermath, which is to say the rest of their lives, dealing with the simplistic perspectives of themselves by others and with the impulse of Washington politicos to trot them out to lend credibility to various agendas.

Nixon, in particular, did everything
This book tells Neil Armstrong's story. He always dreamed about going to the moon. After he accomplished his dream, then he just wanted to be treated like a regular person. This book covers such a wide range of events, so it's really hard to summarize it. One theme is that Neil Armstrong believed that space exploration would be able to bring mankind together, maybe to the point of ending all wars. Neil was welcomed as a hero, even in the USSR. However, to a certain extent, he was frustrated in s ...more
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