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First Man: The Life of Neil A. Armstrong Mass Market Paperback – September 25, 2018

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"To understand Armstrong on his own terms is to see a large truth of our time . . . [Hansen’s] mastery of detail is put to splendid use. The narrative of the moon mission is crisp and dramatic, the science clear. He deftly takes us back into those few days of global fascination with the adventure of the three distant voyagers and the tense uncertainty about how it would turn out. . . . I finished Hansen’s Apollo story with a wholly fresh sense of awe at the magnitude of NASA’s achievement . . . a compelling and nuanced portrait of the astronaut." -- James Tobin, Chicago Tribune

“Neil Armstrong—naval aviator, research pilot, astronaut, American hero and larger-than-life icon. He may have thought it was ‘one small step for [a] man,’ but it was one giant leap for the rest of us . . . First Man is primed to be one of the definitive reference works on the lunar program.” -- U.S. Navy Captain William Readdy, Aviation Week & Space Technology

“Most of the astronauts’ books are about the adventure. Jim Hansen’s wellresearched and documented book is about the adventurer. First Man is a compelling story of a modern-day Columbus which provides the rare opportunity to understand the personal qualities driving explorers. Quiet, complex, and deep, Armstrong, as fuel was running out, was the right man at the right time to take America and the world to the surface of the moon.”  -- Eugene F. Kranz, author of Failure Is Not an Option

“A powerful, unrelenting biography of a man who stands as a living testimony to everyday grit and determination . . . A must for astronaut buffs and history readers alike.” , Publishers Weekly, starred review

“A great read.”, The Kansas City Star

“Ever since Apollo 11’s ‘one giant leap for mankind’ in 1969 the world has wondered who Neil Armstrong really is. Now, at last, Jim Hansen has stripped away the myths and mysteries to bring us face to face with the man himself. This definitive portrait offers many new and fascinating details about Armstrong and his life and about the momentous and unforgettable era of exploration in which he was lucky enough—and talented enough—to play a key role.” -- Andrew Chaikin, author of A Man on the Moon

About the Author

James R. Hansen is a professor emeritus of history at Auburn University. A former historian for NASA, Hansen is the author of twelve books on the history of aerospace and a two-time nominee for the Pulitzer Prize in History. His 1995 book Spaceflight Revolution was nominated for the Pulitzer by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the only time NASA ever nominated a book for the prize. He serves as coproducer for the upcoming major motion picture First Man, which is based on his New York Times bestselling biography of Neil Armstrong. Hansen lives in Auburn, Alabama.

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