First Man (Autographed by Author) (Hardback)
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The Life of Neil A. Armstrong
by James R. Hansen
James Hansen has graciously agreed to sign copies of First Man.
What A. Scott Berg did for the life of Charles A. Lindbergh, James R. Hansen does for Neil A. Armstrong in the first and only definitive, authorized biography of one of America's most celebrated heroes.
On July 20, 1969, the world stood still to watch thirty-eight-year-old American astronaut Neil Armstrong become the first person ever to step on the surface of another heavenly body. When he returned to earth, Armstrong was honored and celebrated for his monumental achievement. He was also - as James Hansen reveals in this fascinating and important biography - misunderstood. Armstrong's accomplishments as engineer, test pilot, and astronaut have long been a matter of record, but Hansen's unprecedented access to private documents, interviews with more than 125 subjects (including more than fifty hours of interviews with Armstrong himself and twelve hours with his first wife Janet), and unpublished sources yield the first in-depth analysis of this elusive American celebrity.
In a riveting narrative filled with revelations, Hansen vividly recreates Armstrong's career in flying, from the heights of honor and recognition earned as naval aviator, test pilot, and astronaut to the dear personal price paid by Armstrong - and even more so by his wife and children - for his dedication to his storied vocation.
Hansen addresses the rumors that have swirled around Armstrong for thirty-six years and provides a penetrating exploration of American hero worship - of astronauts and of Armstrong, in particular. In First Man, the personal, technological, epic, and iconic blend to form the portrait of a great but reluctant hero who will forever be known as history's most famous space traveler.
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