First Man: The Life of Neil A. Armstrong

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Simon and Schuster, Oct 3, 2006 - Biography & Autobiography - 784 pages
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On July 20, 1969, the world stood still to watch 38-year-old American astronaut Neil A. Armstrong become the first person ever to step on the surface of another heavenly body. Upon his return to Earth, Armstrong was celebrated for his monumental achievement. He was also--as NASA historian Hansen reveals in this authorized biography--misunderstood. Armstrong's accomplishments as an engineer, a test pilot, and an astronaut have long been a matter of record, but Hansen's access to private documents and unpublished sources and his interviews with more than 125 subjects (including more than fifty hours with Armstrong himself) yield the first in-depth analysis of this elusive, reluctant hero. Hansen recreates Armstrong's flying career, from his combat missions over North Korea to his transatmospheric flights in the rocket-powered X-15 to the first-ever docking in space. For a pilot who cared more about flying to the Moon than he did about walking on it, Hansen asserts, Armstrong's storied vocation exacted a dear personal toll, paid in kind by his wife and children.--From publisher description.
 

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User Review  - W. Derek Atkins - Goodreads

This is a good biography of Neil Armstrong, and is chock-full of fascinating information and insights into this legendary life. James Hansen has definitely done his research, and is to be commended ... Read full review

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User Review  - Robert - Goodreads

This has been an amazing audiobook experience, far better than anticipated. For one thing, the author's portrayal of Armstrong is hardly a hagiography, which was a relief. His many virtues were ... Read full review

Contents

The Launch
1
AN AMERICAN GENESIS
11
The Strong of Arm
13
The Strong of Spirit
20
TRANQUILITY BASE
27
First Child
29
The Virtues of Smallville
36
Truth in the Air
43
The Astronauts Wife
275
For All America
292
APOLLO
301
Out of the Ashes
303
Wingless on Luna
314
Amiable Strangers
335
First Out
360
Dialectics of a Moon Mission
374

Aeronautical Engineering 101
53
WINGS OF GOLD
65
Class 549
67
Fighter Squadron 51
79
Fate Is the Hunter
88
The Ordeal of Eagles
101
THE REAL RIGHT STUFF
115
The Research Pilot
117
Above the High Desert
123
At the Edge of Space
141
The Worst Loss
160
Higher Resolve
168
Ive Got a Secret
199
NO MAN IS AN ISLAND
215
Training Days
217
In Line for Command
230
Gemini VIII
242
ONE GIANT LEAP
403
Outward Bound
405
The Landing
441
One Small Step
476
Return to Earth
529
For All Mankind
564
DARK SIDE OF THE MOON
585
Standing Ground
587
To Engineer Is Human
602
The Astronaut as Icon
620
Into the Heartland
639
Acknowledgments
649
Notes
655
Bibliography
719
Index
739
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About the author (2006)

James R. Hansen is a professor of history at Auburn University. A former historian for NASA, Hansen is the author of eight books on the history of aerospace. He lives in Auburn, Alabama.

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