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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (420 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: James R. Hansen Narrator: Boyd Gaines Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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. Perhaps no words in human history became better known than those few he uttered at that historic moment.

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 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test pilot, and astronaut have long been a matter of record, but Hansen's unprecedented access to private documents and unpublished sources yield this first in-depth analysis of an elusive American celebrity still renowned the world over.

In a penetrating exploration of American hero worship, Hansen addresses the complex legacy of the First Man, as an astronaut and as an individual. In First Man, the personal, technological, epic, and iconic blend to form this portrait of a great but reluctant hero who will forever be known as history's most famous space traveler. Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • First Man contributes a host of fascinating new insights into the nature of the spacefaring enterprise itself. A book for all time.” 

    Walter Cronkite 

  • “A fine authorized biography brimming with groundbreaking research, fresh anecdotes and fair-minded analysis.” 

    New York Times Book Review 

  • “To understand Armstrong on his own terms is to see a large truth of our time…A compelling and nuanced portrait of the astronaut.” 

    Chicago Tribune 

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Matthew Kresal | 2/19/2014

    " A rather long read thats eems dry and dull for the most part. Much of it isn't new information and that hurts the book sigfnicantly. But it does offer some new insights into Neil after Apollo 11 and his feelings baout some of the controversies and myths that have come up around him since it, which makes for a n intreting finals ection of the book. Yet while it is intresting at times, this still takes some effort to get through "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Kirsty | 2/14/2014

    " Found this book very difficult to get into. Lots of details about Neil Armstrong's career, but very little about what makes him tick as a person. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Thomas Brehon | 2/14/2014

    " A comprehensive overview of the first human being to set foot on another word, in which we discover a brilliant and focused individual who saw his destiny as just another day at the office. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Karen | 2/7/2014

    " A little long & dreary but given history well worth the effort. "

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