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From: North Carolina
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posted 01-13-2011 03:09 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for PeterO   Click Here to Email PeterO     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'm torn between which of these two books to get. Both have been reviewed here on cS (Moon Men Return, Hornet Plus Three), and they're apparently both excellent reads.

Since I'm only going to get one, not both, which do you think would be better?


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From: Bratislava, Slovakia
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posted 01-14-2011 01:22 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Lasv3   Click Here to Email Lasv3     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Both books are great, worth of having. Hornet Plus Three contains much more photographs, majority in colour, on the other hand, Moon Men Return shows probably the only existing Apollo 11 splashdown photo taken from one of the rescue helicopters.

But if you like the lot of nice photos the Hornet Plus Three is your book then.


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From: Carrollton, GA USA
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posted 01-14-2011 08:37 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Gilbert   Click Here to Email Gilbert     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I give Hornet Plus Three a very slight advantage as being the best. But I think both books are excellent and essential titles for an Apollo library or collection.


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From: South Carolina
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posted 01-14-2011 09:31 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for ea757grrl   Click Here to Email ea757grrl     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Both are excellent and do well in terms of accuracy. "Moon Men Return" is really dense in detail and focuses on Hornet's role in the recovery, and in some places it helps if you already know the basics of aircraft carriers and spacecraft recovery. "Moon Men Return" reminds me of George Wilson's "Supercarrier" in that it's really the story of a ship and crew doing their jobs the best they could.

"Hornet Plus Three" has a little wider scope, touching on the support ships and aircraft as well as Hornet and embarked air group, and does a great job of bringing all of these elements together (as well as having some really gorgeous photos).

I own and love both -- they're generally well-done books and have a lot of great information -- but if I could only afford one, I'd give "Hornet Plus Three" the edge.

Henk Boshuijer

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From: Netherlands
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posted 01-14-2011 05:55 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Henk Boshuijer   Click Here to Email Henk Boshuijer     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have 'Moon Men Return" and I like the way it is written but I miss the pictures. There are only a few pictures in the book. I like pictures to enhance the written story.

I visited the USS Hornet myself and I hoped to see lots of pictures that I could stare at for hours. I will order 'Hornet Plus Three' as well, these books are not that expensive so it is good to have them both.

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