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In First Man, Hansen explores the life of Neil Armstrong.

In First Man, Hansen explores the life of Neil Armstrong. Upon his return to earth, Armstrong was honored and celebrated for his monumental achievement. He was also-as James R. Hansen reveals in this fascinating and important ood.

First Man: The Life of Neil A. Armstrong is the official biography of Neil Armstrong, the astronaut who became the first man to walk on the Moon, on July 20, 1969. The book was written by James R. Hansen and was first published in 2005 by Simon & Schuster. The book describes Armstrong's involvement in the United States space program (culminating with the historic Apollo 11 mission), and details his personal life and upbringing.

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He was also, as James R. Hansen reveals in this fascinating and important authorized biography . Hansen reveals in this fascinating and important authorized biography, misunderstood.

Hansen recreates Armstrong's flying career, from his combat missions over North Korea to his transatmospheric . 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.

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. Upon his return to Earth, Armstrong was celebrated for his monumental achievement.

In First Man, author James R. Hansen explores the life of Neil Armstrong

In First Man, author James R. Hansen explores the life of Neil Armstrong.

Soon to be a major motion picture, First Man by James Hansen offers the only authorized glimpse into the life of America's most famous astronaut, Neil Armstrong - the man whose "one small step" changed history. In First Man, Hansen explores the life of Neil Armstrong

James R. Hansen wrote the book that inspired First Man, the new Ryan Gosling movie about Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon. I had the great pleasure of talking to him about the.

James R. James R. I had the great pleasure of talking to him about the time he spent with Armstrong and his family, what he learned from the biodata NASA kept on the astronauts during their journey, and what he thinks about the film’s depiction of Armstrong leaving something very meaningful on the moon before he returned safely to earth.

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 the surface of another heavenly body. Perhaps no words in human history became better known than those few he uttered at that historic moment. In a penetrating exploration of American hero worship, Hansen addresses the complex legacy of the First Man, as an astronaut and an individual.

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Neil Armstrong was one of my boyhood heroes...how cool would it be to be the first man on the moon? I looked forward to reading this biography, and it finally made it to the top of my "to-read" list.

=== The Good Stuff ===

* James Hansen evidently had pretty good access to Armstrong. He had a wealth of personal, family and professional history, including the occasional glimpse behind the scenes. There are a few interesting tidbits and some bone-headed maneuvers throughout the years, all of which make the man "more human".

* Armstrong was evidently a very private man, and very careful about what parts of his thoughts and personality were going to be available for public discussion. Occasionally Hansen succeeds in penetrating this stoic front and capturing glimpses of Armstrong's thoughts. For example, he explains multiple times that he was not at all disappointed or angered that crew-companion Edwin Aldrin never took a picture of him while on the moon. He says multiple times that it was just the way the time-line of the moon walk worked out, and he is sure there was no "revenge" factor because Aldrin didn't get to step out of the LEM first. He repeats himself, again and again. It is not hard to get the feeling that it is something that has bothered him all these years, but he is too professional to admit.

* The book is certainly detailed. (See more thoughts below). Hansen carefully builds a portrait of Armstrong based on his personal, professional and military career of a man cool and calm under pressure, and capable of thinking his way through problems when all the alarm buzzers are flashing red. He relates a story of where Armstrong had baled out of a plane, nearly killing himself, early in the morning. Coworkers found him working at his desk that afternoon as if nothing had happened.

* The latter parts of the book, from about the time of the Gemini launches, were much better than the beginning, and held my interest. Even the explanations of his "reclusive" behavior later in life were also very revealing and captivating.

=== The Not-So-Good Stuff ===

* NASA was a great believer in weight reduction, and this book could have used some of that skill. I have no interest in Armstrong's medieval ancestors, and I have strong doubts about records that old anyway. Likewise, I really don't care that his Mother made her own wedding cake, or that it was "an iced angel food cake in three graduated layers ornamented with rosebuds and garlands". The book is full of such detail, although at least in latter parts of the book the detail actually concerns the subject. It is almost as if the author was determined to use every scrap of information he could find about Armstrong, interesting or not.

* Similarly, Hansen could have added details which might not have been directly available. For example, a number of times the text mentions the problem of "roll coupling", an aerodynamic problem of high speed flight in which the inertia of an aircraft overcomes the counter-effects of its control surfaces (thanks, Google). But while the book went on for pages and pages about Armstrong's Mother's favorite teacher, it couldn't devote a paragraph or two to a phenomenon that almost killed Armstrong, twice.

* By about the first ten pages, I was sick of hearing about his Mother and her religious fervor. Enough already.

=== Summary ===

There is a lot to like about this book, but an almost equal amount to dislike. I came very close to putting the book down for good during the first 100 pages or so, but glad I kept at it, because it definitely improved as it went on. The author genuinely seemed to like Armstrong, which is fine, but seemed to let that cloud his analysis of some of the personal and professional conflicts in Neil's life. You could almost feel Hansen taking Armstrong's side in a few conflicts.

Overall, I'd recommend it to fans of the space program, but with the caveat that it is OK to skip over entire sections of the text without missing anything interesting or important.
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First Man: The Life of Neil A. Armstrong Very good book about, in my opinion, one of the Greatest men in History. Neil Armstrong was the first Man to Pilot, land and step on to the Moon, with Edward Aldrin in 1969. Neil Armstrong was an Incredible man, however, a very quiet and personal complicated one. Despite being thrust into the spotlight by NASA by being chosen by as the Commander of the First Apollo Landing on the Moon, led a humble and Personal Life, after his work with NASA he led a humble Life as many things, trying to live a normal life with his family until his death in August 2012. Ths book is a well written and honest look at this remarkable man.
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 for all the effort he put into researching and writing this tome. However, I felt this book could have been more concise, which is why I gave this book 4 stars rather than 5. Still, this book does justice to Neil Armstrong, correcting the popular misperception that Armstrong was hostile towards the public. He was definitely reticent, and preferred to be private, but he did make public appearances, even if they were not as often as the public or news reporters wished. Another thing that really comes through in this book is that Neil's first love was always flying, and not necessarily exploration.

This is a good book for scholars who wish to study Neil Armstrong's life in depth. For those who wish to have a general overview of Neil's Armstrong's life, I would suggest you look elsewhere for a more concise book.
I love space travel and any media items about it, be it books, tv shows, etc. I was 15 years old when Neil Armstrong touched down on the moon in July 1969. My whole family was in front of the tv set watching. This is a very detailed book about Neil Armstrong's life, seems like nothing was just glossed over about him. It's also a long book, so you won't get through it in just a couple of nights. When I read biography's about a person I try to pin down their personality and what they must be like in real life. Neil Armstrong was hard for me to do just that. I saw him as a super intelligent person and engineer, as well as test pilot and astronaut. I could also pick up on the tension between him and Buzz Aldrin, never quite sure how either one really felt about each other. You will learn things by reading this book about their touchdown on the moon, like what the moon dust smelled like on their space suits. If you like books about space you'll like this one. At $1.99 I could not go wrong.
As my headline states, I have not read this book yet but have recently purchased the paperback version of the book (full sized paperback, not mass market). I think I'm going to return the physical book and just buy the kindle version as the text in this book is T-I-N-Y.....I'm not prone to exaggeration but the font size is probably a 6 or smaller...far smaller than any non-mass market paperback book I have ever seen. Anyways, I suspect that I could read a paragraph a night before I strained my eyes and got a headache. I'm anxious to read the book as it sounds like a great story but I'm not sure what the publisher was thinking with this one.
First Man: The Life of Neil A. Armstrong download epub
Author: James R. Hansen
ISBN: 0743257510
Category: Engineering & Transportation
Subcategory: Engineering
Language: English
Publisher: Simon & Schuster; Reprint edition (October 3, 2006)
Pages: 784 pages