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Norman Mailer. MoonFire. 50th Anniversary Edition

Hardcover with fold-outs, 10.6 x 12.8 in., 6.33 lb, 348 pages
US$ 50
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On July 20, 1969, science fiction became reality. Revisit the momentous moon landing in the 50th anniversary edition of Norman Mailer’s classic book on the Apollo 11 mission. This volume includes hundreds of images sourced from the NASA vaults, magazine archives, and private collections, documenting the lead up to, aftermath, and breathtaking moments of that giant leap for mankind.

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The Epic Journey of Apollo 11

On the 50th anniversary of the defining scientific mission of our time
It has been called the single most historic event of the 20th century: On July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins met John F. Kennedy’s call for a manned Moon landing by the end of the 1960s. A decade of tests and training, a staff of 400,000 engineers and scientists, a budget of billions, and the most powerful rocket ever launched all combined in an unprecedented event watched by millions the world over. And no one captured the men, the mood, and the machinery like Norman Mailer.

One of the greatest writers of the 20th century, Norman Mailer was hired by LIFE magazine in 1969 to cover the Moon shot. He enhanced his reportage in the brilliantly crafted book, Of a Fire on the Moon, which is excerpted here. Equally adept at examining the science of space travel and the psychology of the people involved—from Saturn V rocket engineer Wernher von Braun to the crucial NASA support staff to the three astronauts—Mailer provides provocative and trenchant insights into this epoch-making event.

Illustrating this volume are hundreds of photographs and maps from the NASA vaults, magazine archives, and private collections. These images document the development of the agency and the mission, life inside the command module and on the Moon’s surface, and the world’s jubilant reaction to the landing. This 50-year anniversary edition includes captions by leading Apollo 11 experts that explain the history and science behind the images, citing the mission log, publications of the day, and postflight astronaut interviews; while an evocative introduction by Colum McCann celebrates Mailer’s incomparable skill at transforming “the science of space... the weight of history... the breadth of mythology” into prose.
The author

Norman Mailer (1923–2007) was one of the 20th century’s greatest and most influential writers, as well as one of America’s most renowned and controversial literary figures. The best-selling author of a dozen novels and 20 works of nonfiction, he also wrote stage plays, screenplays, television miniseries, hundreds of essays, two books of poetry, and a collection of short stories. A two-time Pulitzer Prize winner, he lived in Brooklyn, New York, and Provincetown, Massachusetts.

The contributing author

Colum McCann is the author of eight books, including Let the Great World Spin. He has written for The New York Times, Atlantic Monthly, GQ, The Times (London), The Irish Times, and La República.

Norman Mailer. MoonFire. 50th Anniversary Edition
Hardcover with fold-outs, 10.6 x 12.8 in., 6.33 lb, 348 pages
ISBN 978-3-8365-7113-5
Edition: English
ISBN 978-3-8365-7115-9
Edition: French

Customer reviews (12)

An anniversary to commemorate

Marco, November 04, 2021
I have always been fascinated by space and this edition for the 50th anniversary of the Moon landing could not be missing in my bookcase. Sublime images and always fascinating stories.

A Must Have

Rogerio, October 30, 2021
A dense but easy to follow narrative of a Pulitzer Prize winner of one the greatest achievements of science and Mankind.
Astonishing photos and an exceptional print quality.
A must have.

Love it

Efrem, October 28, 2021
Very good book, not much overlap with the NASA archives, love it.

A beautiful and stunning volume

Christine Arentson, October 28, 2021
A beautiful and stunning volume which adds a visual element to Norman Mailer’s incomparable narrative. A wonderful book for space enthusiasts.

Fantastic bit of history

John, October 27, 2021
Really enjoyed the story and the presentation. The larger size of the book helps to present the photos with great clarity and detail.

Großartiges Buch, tolle Fotos, guter Preis

Matthias, December 27, 2021
Ich bin sehr zufrieden. Der Band passt in der Aufmachung gut zum Anlass des 50. Mondlandejubiläums. Die ikonischen Fotos kommen dadurch gut zur Geltung und werden durch die Worte von Norman Mailer stimmungsvoll begleitet.

Tolle Bilder, Norman Mailers Texte unerwartet

Daniel, December 27, 2021
Für einen Apollo-interessierten sind die Fotos des Bandes das eigentliche Highlight des Buches. Norman Mailers Betrachtungen mögen literarisch sehr interessant sein, resonierten mit mir jedoch nicht. Ich hätte mir eher ein sprachlich ansprechendes Narrativ gewünscht, das die eigentliche Mission mehr begleitet, als das Innenleben des Autors.

Cuando el sueño se hizo realidad.

Karl, December 10, 2021
Y El Hombre llegó a la Luna. Si en tu vida solo puedes leer un libro de la carrera espacial, que sea este.
Edición deslumbrante y de calidad.

Un très bel ouvrage

Gabriel, November 02, 2021
Des anecdotes et des images splendides.

tres interessant

Frederic, November 01, 2021
bon c en anglais donc ca demande un minimum requis mais on est bien dans l ambiance de la preparation de la mission et de la course vers l espace
beaucoup de belles photos
Norman Mailer. MoonFire. 50th Anniversary Edition
Norman Mailer.
50th Anniversary Edition
US$ 50
Norman Mailer. MoonFire. 50th Anniversary Edition