# Highly Recommended《New Book Condition + The Official Essential Biography》James R. Hansen - FIRST MAN : The Life Of Neil A. Armstrong
This New York Times bestseller in paperback edition is a bran-new book and nicely wrapped with protective book-wrapper. The original new book is sold at usual price RM86.10. Now here Only at RM25. First Man: The Life of Neil A. Armstrong is the official biography of Neil Armstrong, the astronaut who became the first man to walk on the Moon on July 20, 1969. Marking the forty-fifth anniversary of Apollo 11's moon landing, "First Man" by James Hansen offers the only authorized glimpse into the life of America's most famous astronaut, Neil Armstrong--the man whose "one small step" changed history. "The Eagle has landed." When Apollo 11 touched down on the moon's surface in 1969, the first man on the moon became a legend. Written by James R. Hansen, it was published in 2005 by Simon & Schuster. The book describes Armstrong's involvement in the United States space program, culminating with the fateful Apollo 11 mission, while also detailing his personal life and upbringing. In First Man, Hansen explores the life of Neil Armstrong. Based on over fifty hours of interviews with the intensely private Armstrong, who also gave Hansen exclusive access to private documents and family sources, this “magnificent panorama of the second half of the American twentieth century” (Publishers Weekly, starred review) is an unparalleled biography of an American icon. 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test pilot, and astronaut have long been a matter of record, but Hansen’s unprecedented access to private documents and unpublished sources and his interviews with more than 125 subjects (including more than fifty hours with Armstrong himself) yield this first in-depth analysis of an elusive American celebrity still renowned the world over. In a riveting narrative filled with revelations, Hansen vividly recreates Armstrong’s career in flying, from his seventy-eight combat missions as a naval aviator flying over North Korea to his formative transatmospheric flights in the rocket-powered X-15 to his piloting Gemini VIII to the first-ever docking in space. These milestones made it seem, as Armstrong’s mother Viola memorably put it, “as if from the very moment he was born—farther back still—that our son was somehow destined for the Apollo 11 mission.” For a pilot who cared more about flying to the Moon than he did about walking on it, Hansen asserts, Armstrong’s storied vocation exacted a dear personal toll, paid in kind by his wife and children. For the forty-five years since the Moon landing, rumors have swirled around Armstrong concerning his dreams of space travel, his religious beliefs, and his private life. 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 the portrait of a great but reluctant hero who will forever be known as history’s most famous space traveler. The book describes Armstrong's pleasant and broadly conventional early life. The young man becomes more and more fascinated by aircraft and flying, and he even earns his pilot's licence before he has qualifications to drive an automobile. Armstrong's father remarks that his son "never had a girl" and "didn't need a car" but simply "had... to get out to that airport." The young Armstrong becomes a naval aviator. The administration of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) take an interest in Armstrong's combination of calmness and personal skill coupled with his above-average intellect. Although contrasting somewhat with many of his colleagues, the Apollo 11 crew winding up as "amiable strangers", he attracts widespread respect. The fact that Armstrong gets chosen to be "first down" on the lunar surface is a surprise, with astronaut Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin Jr. being expected to get priority. The mission itself proceeds spectacularly well, and Armstrong gives his famous line: "That's one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind." The historic nature of the event means that Armstrong must adapt to being one of the most famous men on the planet, a peculiar situation which the astronaut finds challenging. Given the gravity of the Apollo program and the sacrifices made so that the lunar mission succeeded, Armstrong feels determined to make sure that his status as the 'first man on the moon' is never exploited for anyone's petty gain. Interested in spreading his knowledge to younger generations, he eschews a celebrity status by serving as a lecturer in engineering at the University of Cincinnati. While shying away from the personal spotlight, as an individual, the astronaut spends decades advancing the cause of further spaceflight in terms of providing advice to those at NASA, being in close touch with multiple figures.
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