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A Man on the Moon by Andrew Chaikin
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Jul 02, 2009

really liked it
bookshelves: read-2009, science
Read in July, 2009

A good companion read to the Gene Kranz book, Failure is not an Option. Chaikin's book is the culmination of extensive interviews with the astronauts themselves as well as their wives, and many others at NASA. I found it revealing in the presentation of the astronauts, and the competition between them to make it into space, and compelling in the narratives of the Apollo trips. This book definitely focuses on the astronauts,and does so very well,but if you're looking for other aspects of what was happening at NASA, in the administration, or in flight control, for example, you'll need to look elsewhere.

In reading the book, which I did find compelling, I can understand how it came to be used as the primary reference in the series From the Earth to the Moon.

Good reading for the 40th anniversary of Apollo 11.

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