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Auburn University release
Auburn University Professor James R. Hansen's book, "First Man: The Life of Neil A. Armstrong," has been named by Choice magazine as one of the Outstanding Academic Books of 2006.

Choice, the publication of the Association of College and Research Libraries, listed Hansen's book in its January issue among the top 10 percent of more than 7,000 works reviewed last year.

"My challenge in writing the Armstrong biography was composing a book that would serve the dual purpose of attracting and satisfying readers from the general public while still living up to the highest standards of academic scholarship," said Hansen, a professor of history in the College of Liberal Arts. "It is extraordinarily fulfilling to receive this confirmation that I have somehow managed to do both."

Hansen's book, published by Simon and Schuster in 2005, is the first authorized biography of astronaut Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon. It spent two weeks on The New York Times bestseller list and has also won the Gardner-Lasser Aerospace Literature Award, presented by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronauts, and the Eugene M. Emme Prize in Astronautical Literature, awarded by the American Astronautical Society.

Reviewer John Carver Edwards of Library Journal said the book is "a Herculean effort" and that Hansen "succeeds in penetrating his subject's seemingly enigmatic personality. This impressively documented and engagingly written biography will stand the test of time."

Choice magazine editors selected its Outstanding Academic Books based on a variety of criteria, including overall excellence in presentation and scholarship, value to undergraduate students, and importance in building undergraduate library collections.

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At my local Barnes and Noble they had quite a few hardback copies of First Man on their bargain shelves for, if my memory serves me, $6.98, give or take a dollar. I'm sure their other stores would too, so I thought I would pass it along.

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First Man is a great resource to learn from. I did not think of it is an entertaining book, such as Carrying the Fire. However, you can find just about any factoid in First Man. I liked that aspect.

I believe the book is a reflection of Armstrong's true personality. He is very matter of fact and scientific. That is not what most reporters want to hear, but it is his true style. He is a detail oriented person. That makes him a great astronaut and engineer. I admire his ability to analyze such details.

First Man is more fun to read if you find a section that you are curious about, then maybe put it down and read it again. It is full of facts and was a primary reference source for my new book.

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I just loved the book and was also sad to reach the end.

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A new paperback edition is due on November 27.

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Nice that they're using the shot of him in front of the X-15, as he liked talking for hours on end about the engineering aspects of the program.


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