# Highly Recommended《Bran-New + Hardcover Edition + Biography Of N. Armstrong & Rivalry Between US & USSR On Space Program》Jay Barbree - NEIL ARMSTRONG : A Life of Flight (Forword by John Glenn)
This New York Times bestseller in hardcover edition is a bran-new book and still wrapped with new-book plastic wrapper. The original new book is sold at usual price RM120.50 (Hardcover). Now here Only at RM32. Much has been written about Neil Armstrong, America's modern hero and history's most famous space traveler. Yet shy of fame and never one to steal the spotlight Armstrong was always reluctant to discuss his personal side of events. Here for the first time is the definitive story of Neil's life of flight he shared for five decades with a trusted friend – Jay Barbree. Working from 50 years of conversations he had with Neil, from notes, interviews, NASA spaceflight transcripts, and remembrances of those Armstrong trusted, Barbree writes about Neil's three passions – flight, family, and friends. This is the inside story of Neil Armstrong from the time he flew combat missions in the Korean War and then flew a rocket plane called the X-15 to the edge of space, to when he saved his Gemini 8 by flying the first emergency return from Earth orbit and then flew Apollo-Eleven to the moon's Sea of Tranquility. Together Neil and Jay discussed everything, from his love of flying, to the war years, and of course his time in space. The book is full of never-before-seen photos and personal details written down for the first time, including what Armstrong really felt when he took that first step on the moon, what life in NASA was like, his relationships with the other astronauts, and what he felt the future of space exploration should be. As the only reporter to have covered all 166 American astronaut flights and moon landings Jay knows these events intimately. Neil Armstrong himself said, "Barbree is history's most experienced space journalist. He is exceptionally well qualified to recall and write the events and emotions of our time." Through his friendship with Neil and his dedicated research, Barbree brings us the most accurate account of his friend's life of flight, the book he planned for twenty years. Though a famous, much chronicled astronaut, Neil Armstrong wanted to write his own story with the help of NBC reporter Barbree, who’d covered every one of his missions. But Armstrong, who died in 2012, was such a self-effacing man, he couldn’t bring himself to write a book focusing on him alone. He’d talked to Barbree for years about the chief passions of his life, flying and his family. Drawing on those long talks and with the cooperation of Armstrong’s family, Barbree offers an intimate portrait of a man grateful to have spent his life doing what he loved. Armstrong talked to Barbree about his two marriages, the death of his baby daughter, the close fellowship among pilots and astronauts, and the astonishing experiences of his space exploration missions. Timed to coincide with the forty-fifth anniversary of the Apollo 11 space launch, Barbree’s book includes many never-before-seen photos, a look back at the competition to win the space race with the Soviets, and Armstrong’s vision for the future of space exploration. That was most excellent. This book is also a story about the American and Soviet space programs during the space race in the 60's but it is also biography of Neil Armstrong. The author talks about the space program at a high and low level. He talks about the rivalry between the United States and the USSR that really drove the race to the moon but he also talks about the on the ground life of the astronauts in the Mercury, Gemini and Apollo missions. Learning about the drive to be the first to the moon and all of the challenges that were encountered and overcome makes for a truly fascinating read. There were such things as the Apollo 1 launch pad disaster, Vladimir Komarov's death when his parachute failed, the difficulties encountered in the early EVA's. But there's also great successes like Buzz Aldrin solving the EVA problem by really studying and solving the physical problems while still on Earth, the first successful docking action between two spacecraft, the success of testing the lunar module and, of course, the moon landing! The Apollo 11 mission itself takes up about 90 pages out of 350 some pages of reading so there's a lot more information than just the details of that flight. The tone of the book lends the focus to the missions, the challenges and the accomplishments more than it does to the people involved but I understand that Neil would not have had it any other way. Also, this book does not get into technical details unless they're necessary to understand the overarching context and then the details are just enough to convey the complexities. This is to the book's benefit because it doesn't get bogged down explaining the fundamental equation of rocketry but still gives you an idea of how difficult this stuff is and how smart the folks at NASA are. Overall, this is a great book that I'd recommend to anyone with a passing interest in the subject. About the Author JAY BARBREE is in his 55th year with NBC News. He is the only reporter to have covered all 166 American astronaut flights and moon landings, and the only reporter to be awarded NASA's highest medal for public service. He received an Emmy for his coverage of Neil Armstrong's first walk on the moon, broke the cause of the Challenger accident on Tom Brokaw's Nightly News, and he's still on the job covering space for NBC's five television networks while writing space stories for NBCnews.com. Barbree was also the lead writer for the New York Times bestseller MOON SHOT with astronauts Alan Shepard, Deke Slayton, and Neil Armstrong.
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