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Based on over 50 hours of interviews with the profoundly private Armstrong who also gave Hansen exclusive access to private documents and family sources, this “magnificent panorama of the second half of the American twentieth century” (Publishers Weekly, Starred Review) is an exceptional biography of an American legend

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By James Hansen

Hansen explores the life of Neil Armstrong. Based on over 50 hours of interviews with the profoundly private Armstrong, who also gave Hansen exclusive access to private documents and family sources, this “magnificent panorama of the second half of the American twentieth century” (Publishers Weekly, Starred Review) is an exceptional biography of an American legend.

When Apollo 11 landed on the moon’s surface in 1969, the first man on the moon became a legend. Hansen distinctly recreates Armstrong's career in flying, from his seventy-eight combat missions as a naval aviator flying over North Korea, to his developmental transatmospheric flights in the rocket-powered X-15, to his piloting Gemini VIII to the first-ever docking in space.

For a pilot who cared more about flying to the Moon than he did about walking on it, Hansen asserts, Armstrong's famous vocation exacted a dear personal toll, paid in kind by his wife and children.

In the years since the Moon landing, rumours swirled around Armstrong concerning his dreams of space travel, his religious beliefs, and his private life

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