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"Historian James Hansen…expertly combines the saga of Armstrong with the historical background of America's introduction to the Age of Space. An excellent book." (Captain James A. Lovell, Commander, Apollo 13)

"Most of the astronauts books are about the adventure. Jim Hansen¿s well-researched and documented book is about the adventurer. First Man is a compelling story of a modern day Columbus, which provides the rare opportunity to understand the personal qualities driving explorers. Quiet, complex, and deep, Armstrong, as fuel was running out, was the right man at the right time to take America and the world to the surface of the moon (Eugene F. Kranz, Author, Failure is not an Option)

"Jim Hansen has captured the essence of Neil Armstrong, not only as the first man on the Moon, but also as an outstanding aviator and astronaut. I was there for Neil¿s other major ¿space step¿ ¿ he recovered Gemini 8 from the ultimate end game with aggressive action, cool skill and creative judgment seldom performed in any aviation or space endeavor. Just 16 days after the deaths of the Gemini 9 crew, he probably saved the Moon. Jim Hansen has written an exceptional and accurate account of a unique period in aerospace history and the adventures of Neil Armstrong." (Dave Scott, Gemini VIII, Apollo 9, Commander, Apollo 15)

"A fine authorized biography brimming with groundbreaking research, fresh anecdotes and fair-minded analysis. . . . Hansen should be commended for decoding the enigmatic Armstrong: a space hero short on words but sky-high on Midwestern integrity." (Douglas Brinkley The New York Times Book Review)

"For Americans who lived through it all, and for those who came later and can't imagine such an achievement, First Man is compelling reading." (Thomas Walton Toledo Blade)

"A powerful, unrelenting biography of a man who stands as a living testimony to everyday grit and determination. . . . A magnificent panorama of the second half of the American twentieth century. . . . A must for astronaut buffs and history readers alike." (Publishers Weekly)

"A lot of us have been waiting a long time for a book like this one, and it was well worth the wait. . . . Will likely stand as the definitive biography of Neil Armstrong." (Tom D. Crouch, Senior Curator, Aeronautics, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution)

"Masterfully written . . . technically accurate, scholarly yet independent and accessible. . . . Mission accomplished and a perfect touchdown." (Leonard David, Ad Astra, The Magazine of the National Space Society)

"First Man burrows deep into Armstrong's past and present. . . . What emerges is an earnest and brave man." (Mark Carreau Houston Chronicle)

"To understand Armstrong on his own terms is to see a large truth of our time. . . .A compelling and nuanced portrait." (James Tobin Chicago Tribune)

About the Author

James R. Hansen is a professor emeritus of history at Auburn University. A former historian for NASA, Hansen is the author of twelve books on the history of aerospace and a two-time nominee for the Pulitzer Prize in History. His 1995 book Spaceflight Revolution was nominated for the Pulitzer by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the only time NASA ever nominated a book for the prize. He serves as coproducer for the upcoming major motion picture First Man, which is based on his New York Times bestselling biography of Neil Armstrong. Hansen lives in Auburn, Alabama.

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Product details

  • Paperback: 784 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster; Reissue edition (27 November 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1476727813
  • ISBN-13: 978-1476727813
  • Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 3.3 x 23.5 cm
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,16,488 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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