Book Condition: Fine in Near Fine dust jacket
Edition: First Edition; First Printing
Publisher: New York: Bantam Books, 1989.
A first edition/first printing in unread Fine condition in alike, price-clipped dustjacket. A nice copy of a dramatic piece of history.
In his book, Aldrin, the second man on the moon, interweaves the story of U. S. and Soviet efforts to reach the moon with his first-hand experience flying both the Gemini and Apollo missions during the height of the space race. His recounting of his two space flights is compelling, especially the account of the nearly aborted Apollo 11 lunar landing. In contrast to Aldrin's astronaut's point of view, Murray and Cox's book tells the Apollo story through the eyes of the NASA managers who guided the men and machines from the early days of the Space Task Group to the Apollo lunar missions. The result is the best account to date of how the enormous program was successfully accomplished. Full of insiders' anecdotes, this book truly humanizes the lunar landing story that too often has been told only in technological and bureaucratic terms. Relying heavily on interviews with the people behind the scenes, the authors vividly capture the spirit of Apollo, its triumphs and tragedies, and its ultimate success.