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cspg
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posted 11-25-2013 08:48 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cspg   Click Here to Email cspg     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Neil Armstrong: A Life of Flight
by Jay Barbree
The definitive biography of Neil Armstrong by Jay Barbree, the Emmy Award-winning space journalist who knew him for nearly 50 years. Timed to coincide with the 45th anniversary of the Apollo 11 launch, the book is packed with never-before-seen photos and personal details written down for the first time — like what that giant step for mankind really felt like.

To date, everything written about Armstong's life and flights has been written from the outside looking in; Barbree is the only person whom Armstrong trusted to share close personal details about his inspiring life story.

Working from his years of notes, and with the full cooperation of the Armstrong family, Barbree has written the definitive biography of America's most famous astronaut and one of our greatest modern heroes. Much has already been written about Armstrong and the major players who helped him fly to the moon, but he wanted this book to emphasize his two passions — family and flight. Barbree and Armstrong discussed everything, from his two marriages and the death of his baby daughter, to his love of flying, the war years and of course, his time in space.

The book, timed to coincide with the 45th anniversary of the Apollo 11 launch and full of never-before-seen photos, includes many personal details that have never before been written, such as what Armstrong really felt when he took that first step on the moon, what life in NASA was like, his relationships with the other astronauts, and what he felt the future of space exploration should be.

In the course of his 55-year career with NBC News, Jay Barbree is the only reporter to have covered all 166 American astronaut flights and moon landings. He received an Emmy for his coverage of Neil Armstrong's first walk on the moon, broke the cause of the Challenger accident, and he still covers space for NBC's TV networks and NBCnews.com. Barbree was also the lead writer for the New York Times bestseller Moon Shot with astronauts Alan Shepard, Deke Slayton, and Neil Armstrong.

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books (July 8, 2014)
  • ISBN-10: 125004071X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1250040718

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posted 11-25-2013 08:59 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for 328KF   Click Here to Email 328KF     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I enjoy reading Jay Barbree's work and I'm going to be interested to see how he looks at Armstrong's life. First Man is going to be a tough act to follow, even though that effort was more "scholarly" and Jay tends to write in a more entertaining style.

The cover art looks great, although my first impression was to notice the same photo that makes up the First Man cover was used.

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posted 11-25-2013 12:23 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for David C     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I thought "Moonshot" was so bad that I've not read anything else by him. Barbree is well known for producing a less than objective view of the program. However, so long as he sticks to the facts this should be an entertaining read.

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posted 11-25-2013 12:42 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for dom   Click Here to Email dom     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
A strangely boring cover choice...

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posted 11-25-2013 02:18 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for onesmallstep   Click Here to Email onesmallstep     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hopefully, the book will live up to its title and include many accounts by fellow pilots/astronauts/engineers who knew Armstrong in Korea, Edwards and NASA. I'm sure they have lots of tales to tell.

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posted 11-25-2013 07:08 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for spkjb   Click Here to Email spkjb     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
"Live from Cape Canaveral" (another book by Jay) is a fascinating read.

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posted 11-26-2013 06:06 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Henry Heatherbank     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I will not be wasting my own money to read this book, after the very disappointing "Live from Cape Canaveral".

If I bother to read it at all, I'll wait until I see it in a library somewhere.

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posted 11-26-2013 08:51 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Fra Mauro   Click Here to Email Fra Mauro     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It's interesting that someone else has decided to write a book about Armstrong after First Man. I wonder what he wants to add to the story.

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posted 12-02-2013 04:38 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for cspg   Click Here to Email cspg     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Got word from the publisher today. Special thanks to Katie Bassel for providing the proposed jacket copy, which has been added to the first post above.

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posted 12-03-2013 04:12 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for dom   Click Here to Email dom     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'm prepared to give this one a go, as I found 'First Man' too dull and academic.
I hope this book's more informal...

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posted 06-20-2014 10:35 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for thump   Click Here to Email thump     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Jay Barbree is scheduled for a signing of this at the downtown National Air and Space Museum in Washington DC, July 6, from 1 to 3.

lordolsen
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posted 06-20-2014 10:52 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for lordolsen   Click Here to Email lordolsen     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
If anybody goes for the signing can they get a copy for me?

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posted 07-06-2014 09:06 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ozspace   Click Here to Email ozspace     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I haven't read this but it strikes me as a little 'timid' to wait to write and release this book after Neil's passing. For me, First Man, remains the definitive text.

In this video Jay explains his reasons and motivations for writing the book, not sure I follow the logic...

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posted 07-09-2014 12:48 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for chet   Click Here to Email chet     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I wasn't crazy about "Moonshot", but based on what Jim Lovell and Gene Cernan (two of Armstrong's closest friends) had to say about Barbree's book, I think it's probably worth a read:

Lovell: "This is a great book and does much to preserve Neil's legacy."

Cernan: "You'll find the Neil Armstrong I knew in these pages."

james f. ruddy
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posted 07-09-2014 05:14 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for james f. ruddy   Click Here to Email james f. ruddy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I just finished reading it on my iPad. A well written book that should be read by all of our non collectSPACE friends. This story may enlighten them about our passion. I've already told my friends to read it.

Richard Easton
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posted 07-22-2014 09:59 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Richard Easton     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Jay was recently interviewed on C-SPAN.

Jurg Bolli
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posted 08-01-2014 10:01 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Jurg Bolli   Click Here to Email Jurg Bolli     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Are there any more reviews on this?

I also was very disappointed with "Live..." but I am willing to listen to positive opinions.

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I liked the book; it was very well written. Most space buffs are well aware of the early space flights and how they played out so nothing new here. But I particularly liked the quotes from Neil and personal anecdotes that Mr. Barbree added based on his friendship with Neil. I feel I know Neil a little better now. I didn't particularly like the ending (with the story of Mr. Gorsky). There are a few hiccups e.g. the story of cosmonaut Komarov speaking to his wife prior to his reentry.

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