Of a Fire on the Moon

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Audio (14 discs)
Product Number: BN10477
Released: Nov 29, 2016
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781522637431
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
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"For many, the moon landing was the defining event of the twentieth century. So it seems only fitting that Norman Mailer-the literary provocateur who altered the landscape of American nonfiction-wrote the most wide-ranging, far-seeing history of the Apollo 11 mission. A classic chronicle of America's reach for greatness in the midst of the Cold War, Of a Fire on the Moon compiles the reportage Mailer published between 1969 and 1970 in Life magazine: gripping firsthand dispatches from inside NASA's clandestine operations in Houston and Cape Kennedy; technical insights into the mag"nitude of their awe-inspiring feat; and prescient meditations that place the event in human context as only Mailer could. "Mailer's account of Apollo 11 stands as a stunning image of human energy and purposefulness.. It is an act of revelation-the only verbal deed to be worthy of the dream and the reality it celebrates." -Saturday Review "A wild and dazzling book." -The New York Times Book Review "Still the most challenging and stimulating account of [the] mission to appear in print." -The Washington Post"

Author(s): Norman Mailer
Genre: History

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Author(s): Norman Mailer
Product Number EB00165704
Released: Jun 03, 2014
Business Term: 2 Year
Publisher: Random House
ISBN: #9780553390629

Professional reviews

"This overly long account of Norman Mailer's impressions on Apollo 11 and America's race to the moon was originally a series for LIFE magazine in 1969 and 1970. MacLeod Andrews delivers a faithful narration of the text. For no clear reason, Mailer calls himself "Aquarius" for the first half of the book and refers to himself in the third person throughout. Andrews reads methodically, sounding much like the astronauts themselves, who Mailer says were so restrained that they sounded like robots. Mailer focuses on the esoteric and philosophical aspects of the moon landing, regardless of whether they were good or bad in the scheme of things, even as he details the mundane aspects of the undertaking such as the clothing of the astronauts' wives. M.S. © AudioFile 2017, Portland, Maine"

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