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MCroft04
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posted 04-27-2007 07:58 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for MCroft04   Click Here to Email MCroft04     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Just picked up a copy at Barnes and Noble of David Harland's new book "The First Men on the Moon, The Story of Apollo 11". Has anyone read this book? Lots of pictures with a colour section. It's a bit pricy as $39.95, but I like David Harland's books so I expect it to be a good one.

cspg
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posted 04-28-2007 12:50 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cspg   Click Here to Email cspg     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
You've got a 60% discount at amazon.com!!! So that's a price of $15.98 (checked, Saturday April 28, 06:45 GMT).

It's a very enjoyable read. I got lost in a few technical details which I'm not too fond, and also "space historians" will tell you that there's nothing new in it but I've found it very interesting to read, because it tells you probably almost everything on the mission but also about what was going on on the ground.

Looking forward to David Harland's upcoming books on A12,14,15,16 and 17. See his website.

Chris.

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posted 04-28-2007 03:02 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for danpal   Click Here to Email danpal     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It's a very very good book.

Paolo

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posted 04-28-2007 11:31 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for heng44   Click Here to Email heng44     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I agree: it is a very good book. I couldn't put it down, even though there is very little in it that I did not know. The attraction for me is that almost everything that is known about the Apollo-11 flight is presented in a neat, chronological fashion. Almost a companion to the upcoming DVD from SpacecraftFilms.

Ed Hengeveld

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posted 04-28-2007 02:54 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for pollux     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Only found out about this book a few days ago. Ordered from amazon.com and arrived this morning - impressed with the speed of delivery, and the exchange rate helps too :-)

Haven't had a chance for much of a look through it yet, but quietly optimistic about it after previous comments on this thread. Problem with other Springer books I've read has been the lack of "chronology" - too much leaping back and forth. All the info would be there, but they don't read like "stories", more like reference books. This sounds better.

The problems with Springer-Praxis have been raised in another recent thread - here's hoping things are looking up...

cspg
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posted 05-05-2007 04:19 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cspg   Click Here to Email cspg     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
and its price went down by another 4-5%....

Chris.

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posted 05-10-2007 01:09 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cspg   Click Here to Email cspg     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
You have a 66% discount (!) at amazon.com!

I think Dwayne Day said that amazon didn't offer discounts on Springer books...well, not true!

Chris.

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posted 05-21-2007 12:32 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Gilbert   Click Here to Email Gilbert     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I just received my copy of this book from Amazon. I must say after looking over it for a few minutes, it is worth every penny. I look forward to reading it.

MCroft04
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posted 05-21-2007 09:54 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for MCroft04   Click Here to Email MCroft04     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'm almost through the book and am enjoying it very much (although I paid full price- I was headed out of town on a long trip and needed some good reading material; perhaps David will get more money as a result). I always seem to find some conflicting info in new books. I don't have access to my space library at the moment, but recall reading in several books that the flag taken to the moon on Apollo 11 came from Sears. Harland states on page 273 that George Low ordered that a flag be purchased from every official supplier, the labels removed, and a secretary then randomly selected a flag to be taken along on Apollo 11. Does anyone know the real story?

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From "Where No Flag Has Gone Before" (NASA Contractor Report 188251):
It is uncertain who manufactured the flag that was deployed by the Apollo 11 crew. According to a NASA Press Release of 3 July 1969, "the Stars and Stripes to be deployed on the Moon was purchased along with several others made by different manufacturers at stores in the area around the Manned Spacecraft Center near Houston. In order to attach the flag properly to its aluminum staff it was necessary to remove the binding and labels. For this reason the name of the manufacturer cannot be determined." (NASA Press Release 69-83E, 3 July 1969, on file at the JSC History Office). In his book, "All We Did Was Fly to the Moon," (Gainesville, FL: Whispering Eagle Press, 1988), p. 121, Dick Lattimer states that the flags that went to the moon were made by Annin & Co. Randy Beard, Sr., of Annin contacted the Public Affairs Office at NASA Headquarters regarding the flag shortly after the moon landing. His company had supplied many flags to NASA throughout the manned space flight program. Beard was told that three secretaries had been sent out to buy 3x5-foot nylon flags during their lunch hours. After they had returned it was discovered that all of them had purchased their flags at Sears. Annin was the official flag supplier for Sears at the time so this story seemed to confirm that the flag had been made by Annin. Beard was informed that NASA would not confirm the manufacturer of the flag because they didn't "want another Tang" -- in other words, the agency did not want another advertising campaign based upon the fact that a commercial product had been used by the astronauts. (Randy Beard, Sr., Annin & Co., personal communication, 24 August 1992 and 10 September 1992.) Jack Kinzler was unable to verify that the flags were purchased at local stores or that the labels were removed. His notes indicate that the flags were purchased from the Government Stock Catalog for $5.50. (Kinzler, interview, 30 August 1992.)

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posted 05-28-2007 01:26 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cspg   Click Here to Email cspg     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
And today, May 28, you have a 80% discount!

(Might as well give them for free if such trend continues).

Chris.

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posted 06-10-2007 09:32 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for dsenechal   Click Here to Email dsenechal     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Now available at Amazon.com for $7.99.

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