S wife Janet Armstrong praying during Neil s moon launch was hilariously revealed that she was actually neeling to hear the radio better While the positives about Neil proofread had its advantages the disadvantage was the author took hero worship of Neil to ridiculous heights and the book should have been named First Man on the Moon to Second Man to walk on water It s difficult to believe there has ever been a accomplished human being who was modest than Neil Armstrong On July 20 1969 Neil A Armstrong became the first human to step on the surface #of a world beyond our Earth He was 38 years old Armstrong landed #a world beyond our Earth He was 38 years old Armstrong landed the lunar surface as perhaps the premier aviator of his generation He d been flying for 22 years having earned his pilot s license as a teenager before being old enough to apply for a driver s license His aviation achievements were unparalleled dozens of successful combat missions in the Korean War first test flights of the rocket powered X 15 first ever docking in space survivor of near disasters in space among other adventures And truth be told this aviator and engineer was interested in flying to the moon than walking on itBut for all of his achievements Neil Armstrong was reclusive His introversion often made him misunderstood And in this authorized biography James Hansen reveals for the first time who Neil Armstrong really wasArmstrong gave Hansen access to private documents and unpublished sources Hansen conducted interviews with than 125 subjects including than fifty hours with Armstrong himself And the resulting book delivers the first and only detailed accounting and in depth analysis of this reluctant hero First Man also contains the most thorough telling of the first lunar landing I ve ever read And I believe I ve read them all That alone makes the book essential readingBut there is so much in these pagesAfter walking on the moon Armstrong could have done anything His only desire was to return to his rural home in Ohio and to teach engineering at the University of Cincinnati So that s what he did Neil Armstrong worked on his farm taught the next generation of engineering students and continued his childhood fascination with flyingHe never cashed in He never sold out There would never be a Neil Armstrong action figure or any other product And he never charged a fee for a personal appearance photograph or autograph Neil A Armstrong lived a life of service achievement and modesty He made commitments to things bigger than himself He honored those commitments He racked up unprecedented achievements And he went on with his life without bragging or boasting His biography is not a light read Armstrong chose James Hansen to write his biography in part because Hansen is an Engineering professor As a result the text freuently contains detailed explanations of engineering and physics These make for arduous reading I freuently found myself re reading pages in an attempt to understand the information being conveyed I m confident that s precisely the way engineer Neil A Armstrong wanted itAnd when I finished reading First Man I was convinced of one thing the book never discusses The Apollo program had an incredible talent pool of Astronauts NASA probably couldn t have gone wrong in selecting any one of them to be the first human to attempt landing on the moon And competition for that opportunity was intense But when NASA selected Neil A Armstrong they picked the absolute BEST candidate to be the first human to walk on the moon Neil A Armstrong is than a genuine American hero Much much And First Man The Life of Neil A Armstrong reveals why. In a penetrating exploration of American hero worship Hansen addresses the complex legacy of the First Man as an astronaut and an individua.
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NEIL ARMSTRONG ISN T HUMAN ATArmstrong isn t human at and that s why he can t possibly understand Norman Mailer who could not bear the astronaut s placidity his composure would have it that way This much is true that Neil Armstrong is easily the most inscrutable of all historical personages He s either totally without emotion or understands his place in Valhalla so thoroughly as to deny us their makeup This is a man who would have rather been on a later Apollo flight one in which elaborate engineering could have been tried but new he would submit to being the first man if he was called by duty This is a man that never asked for the moon never wished for it never craved it as I crave to be in his place Would you ever he was asked nights or most nights just go out uietly and look at the Moon Ponder your destiny your calling I mean did it become something like my goodness No answered Neil No I never did that He s either the perfect hero or the worst hero ever But it doesn t matter does it He was the first man on
The Moon And So Hemoon And so he my hero 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 dutifully reported but I was amazed at how critical the narrative was of certain highly personal episodes and Armstrong s reactions #To Them Such As #them such as death of his daughter Karen But what made the experience much memorable for me was the seamless integration of actual recordings of the historic communications between the Apollo 11 astronauts and Mission Control When it came time for the eternally famous words Armstrong uttered upon stepping out onto the lunar surface I confess I was thoroughly movedand I was born 10 years after the landing Wow it was long and pretty slow in places The chapters on the moon landing were fascinating I was 5 years old at the time and while I distinctly remember someone showing me the moon and telling me men were there I had little other nowledge of the event There are lots of details on Armstrong s life before becoming an astronaut and only a few spare chapters on his life after leaving NASA Interesting read but not exactly an enjoyable one Three hundred pages of story lost among four hundred pages of gossip and trivia Tells Neil s story in excruciating detail including multiple tellings of false tales each of which is detailed then rebuttedToo bad because Neils story is a good one and the portions on what Neil was actually doing were goodBetter than Sominex Good Not GreatI ve been a space geek since I was a little Setting Them Straight: You CAN Do Something About Bigotry and Homophobia in Your Life kid and I am an avid reader of biographies and was thus very excited to see an authorized biography of Mr Armstrong released several years ago However after finally getting a chance to read it I found the book lackluster at best I must give Mr Hansen credit on his research as it is unbelievably meticulous and thorough though often to a fault I don t believe that the general reader cares much as to the differing heart rates of Armstrong Collins and Aldrin during day 3 of the Apollo 11 mission for example Or how many times Mr Aldrin urinated while on Apollo 11 Just a couple of examples of details that could have been eliminated they disrupted the flow of an otherwise engaging read Other unnecessary additions were lengthy transcripts of newspaper articles and television programs when the author could have simply referen Neil Armstrong proofread this bio about him which led to some interesting perspectives and gave real insight to his story The Life magazine picture about hi. The surface of another heavenly body Perhaps no words in human history became betternown than those few he uttered at that historic moment. .
Comprehensive biography of the first man on the moon A lot of information told very well A very in depth bio of Neil from childhood to old age James R Hansen s First Man throws down the gauntlet striving to be the definitive biography on Neil Armstrong the first man ever to walk on the moonIt is impressively researched but Hansen spends much of the book showing off what he learned As a result we have to wade through lots of minutiae Much of the extraneous data should hav What gall we must have to ask a child what he would be when he grows up Here he is tearing along in the delirious hallucination of childhood and we would already have him fill out the box sign on the line put the cube in the suare hole we would confront him with this terrible hunt for purpose and significance in the material have him genuflect before the idol of maturity in activity the seuestration of occupation in industryBut when I was a id that uestion of the many on old folks checklist of generic uestions for grade schoolers rarely bothered me I always just answered that I would be a writerteacherastronautarchitecttreasure huntertree house builderrich person and that seemed to satisfy the elderly without #putting too many constraints on meNo the uestion that bothered me was always and who #too many constraints on meNo the uestion that bothered me was always and who your heros iddo Old folks uestions to youngsters are always sandwiched between a conjunction and a diminutive epithet Because I didn t have any heroes The most popular answers amongst my generation were undoubtedly Michael Jordan and My Dad But I sure didn t give a shit about this Jordan fellow and My Dad always seemed forced Because really whose Dad at Oak Hill Elementary was really that cool You only said your Dad so word would eventually get back to him and he d buy you a new pack of Marvel Comics cards or a Slurpee or whateverBut then Then I found out about space And I found out that we had been to the moon And so of course there had to be a first guy to step on the moon right There was His name was Neil A ArmstrongAnd that was that Neil Armstrong was my hero *Oh my god was he My one and only He was he is Nothing could possibly be awesome than * my god was he My one and only He was he is Nothing could possibly be awesome than the first person to step on an extraterrestrial body NothingAnd that carried on for many years Until about a month ago when I saw this book the first authorized biography of Neil Armstrong It turns out that the man has been perceived as something of a recluse by the media since roughly the end of Apollo 11 ceremonies and that him allowing interviews and a biography is actually pretty astounding But I would have never 100 ways to Fight the Flab - and still have wine and chocolate known that Because really I didn tnow the first thing about Neil Armstrong the manBut that s the way it goes isn t it Our heroes are not elected for who they are but for what they ve done Put another way my hero has never been Neil Armstrong it has been the first man on the moon Ironically no one understood this better than Neil I think that people should be recognized for their achievements and the value that adds to society s progress But it can easily be overdone I think highly of many people and their accomplishments but I don t believe that that should be paramount over the actual achievements themselves Celebrity shouldn t supersede the things they ve accomplished What Neil doesn t seem to understand is human nature itself For we need that idol We need something flesh and blood to make us believe that our flesh too can be greater than mere flesh that our blood too can flow through the annals of history and be remembered not just as a name but as an act The blood of something done the blood of apotheosis And that. On July 20 1969 the world stood still to watch thirty eight year old American astronaut Neil A Armstrong become the first person to step on.