Neil Armstrong

Neil Armstrong

A Life of Flight

Book - 2014
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Much has been written about Neil Armstrong, America's modern hero and history's most famous space traveler. Yet shy of fame and never one to steal the spotlight Armstrong was always reluctant to discuss his personal side of events. Here for the first time is the definitive story of Neil's life of flight he shared for five decades with a trusted friend -- Jay Barbree.

Working from 50 years of conversations he had with Neil, from notes, interviews, NASA spaceflight transcripts, and remembrances of those Armstrong trusted, Barbree writes about Neil's three passions -- flight, family, and friends. This is the inside story of Neil Armstrong from the time he flew combat missions in the Korean War and then flew a rocket plane called the X-15 to the edge of space,  to when he saved his Gemini 8 by flying the first emergency return from Earth orbit and then flew Apollo-Eleven to the moon's Sea of Tranquility.

Together Neil and Jay discussed everything, from his love of flying, to the war years, and of course his time in space. The book is full of never-before-seen photos and personal details written down for the first time, including 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.

As the only reporter to have covered all 166 American astronaut flights and moon landings Jay knows these events intimately. Neil Armstrong himself said, "Barbree is history's most experienced space journalist. He is exceptionally well qualified to recall and write the events and emotions of our time." Through his friendship with Neil and his dedicated research, Barbree brings us the most accurate account of his friend's life of flight, the book he planned for twenty years.

Publisher: New York :, Thomas Dunne Books,, 2014, ©2014.
Edition: First editon.
ISBN: 9781250040718
Branch Call Number: 629. 450092 ARM B
Characteristics: xix, 362 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm


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May 23, 2019

I found Barbree's deification of Armstrong to be slightly irritating, but other than that it was really interesting.

ChristchurchLib Sep 22, 2014

"Journalist Jay Barbree has reported on space travel since 1957, covering every American manned space mission. During his long association with the U.S. space program, Barbree became friends with astronaut Neil Armstrong, the first man on the moon, and had many personal conversations with him. In this absorbing biography, Barbree portrays Armstrong's whole life, focusing on the space race and his flying career (beginning as a jet pilot during the Korean War) through his last days as an astronaut. Their conversations also provide a glimpse of the very reserved astronaut's personality. Neil Armstrong draws on official records in addition to Barbree's interviews with him, and includes photographs, many of them previously unpublished." Biography and Memoir September 2014 newsletter

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