I feel like this book is a gift to humanity. I teach high school math and science, and one of the things I like to show students is just how far the lunar astronauts traveled compared to the astronauts of today. You draw the earth and the moon on a whiteboard, with the sizes and distances roughly to scale. You sketch a dotted line for a trip to the moon and back, and a dotted line for a trip to the space station and back. The difference is pheonomenal; it's just amazing what we as humans did in the 50s-70s in space.
All of these stories are larger than life in our collective conscious. Andrew Smith brings these mythical people back from mythology and into our human lives. They are just people, many of whom happened to be in the right place at the right time to go to the moon. Their perspective, and just as importantly their lived experience, is not what most of us would expect.
If Andrew hadn't written this book, much of this human story would have remained scattered and lost, and we'd be left with the legend and mythology. I so appreciate his efforts to document these stories. There's some criticism that he spends time in the book sharing his own story; you can't write this book without sharing your own story. He shares what it was like to grow up with these events happening live. He shares what it was like to live this experience as a civilian. This is part of the story, and he does a great job balancing his own story, which is really our story, with the story of the astronauts.
- Paperback: 416 pages
- Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing (3 September 2019)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1526611570
- ISBN-13: 978-1526611574
- Product Dimensions: 13.1 x 3 x 19.8 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 340 g
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 71,542 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)