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For anyone interested in the US space program, this is a must-read. The gratuitous pictures certainly help the reader to visualize the men (because they were mostly men) and the machines behind our race to the moon. Of the three books in the set, my favorite was the first, capturing the early missions that culminated in Mr. Armstrong and Mr. Aldrin setting foot on the moon. You learn a lot about the personalities--both good and bad--of the astronauts and just what it took to get to the moon.
This is an impressive box set with large and heavy hardcover volumes. It also looks great on the shelf with the spines forming the launchpad for a Saturn V rocket. If you can pick up a used copy here at under $30 (set up a price alert on camelcamelcamel.com), it's a steal.
This is the text of Chaikin's definitive book on the Apollo program, spread over three, handsome, over-sized volumes by the addition of hundreds of photographs, often in color. The selection of photos (ranging from the famous to the never-before-seen from private sources) is as meticulous and as much a labor of love as was the original research and writing of the text. A production of Time-Life Books, I believe it was sold only via direct mail. No one who pays a reasonable price for a copy will be disappointed, as, even more so than the original, this is the definitive document of mankind's greatest achievement.
This is an amazing set. Had already read the book, and seen "From the Earth to the Moon", multiple times, but this does not disappoint. The addition of all the photographs really adds to the experience. Starting with Kennedy's Rice University speech was a stroke of genius. Also, the boxed set is heavy enough to use to knock out any of the "we didn't really go to the moon" idiots.