First Man The Life of Neil A. Armstrong

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  • Edition: Reprint
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  • Copyright: 2012-11-27
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster
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On July 20, 1969, the world stood still to watch thirty-eight-year-old American astronaut Neil A. Armstrong become the first person 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. In a penetrating exploration of American hero worship, Hansen addresses the complex legacy of the First Man, as an astronaut and an individual.

Author Biography

James R. Hansen is professor of history at Auburn University. A former historian for NASA, Hansen is the author of eight books on the history of aerospace. He lives in Auburn, Alabama.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. vii
Prologue: The Launchp. 1
An American Genesis
The Strong of Armp. 13
The Strong of Spiritp. 20
Tranquility Base
First Childp. 29
The Virtues of Smallvillep. 36
Truth in the Airp. 43
Aeronautical Engineering 101p. 53
Wings of Gold
Class 5-49p. 67
Fighter Squadron 51p. 79
Fate is the Hunterp. 88
The Ordeal of Eaglesp. 101
The Real Right Stuff
The Research Pilotp. 117
Above the High Desertp. 123
At the Edge of Spacep. 141
The Worst Lossp. 160
Higher Resolvep. 168
I've Got a Secretp. 199
No Man is an Island
Training Daysp. 217
In Line for Commandp. 230
Gemini VIIIp. 242
The Astronaut's Wifep. 275
For All Americap. 292
Out of the Ashesp. 303
Wingless on Lunap. 314
Amiable Strangersp. 335
First Outp. 360
Dialectics of a Moon Missionp. 374
One Giant Leap
Outward Boundp. 405
The Landingp. 441
One Small Stepp. 476
Return to Earthp. 529
For All Mankindp. 564
Dark Side of the Moon
Standing Groundp. 587
To Engineer is Humanp. 602
The Astronaut as Iconp. 620
Into the Heartlandp. 639
Acknowledgmentsp. 649
Notesp. 655
Bibliographyp. 719
Indexp. 739
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