First Man: The Life Of Neil A. Armstrong

First Man: The Life Of Neil A. Armstrong


Soon to be a major motion picture, this is the first—and only—definitive authorized account of Neil Armstrong, the man whose “one small step” changed history.

When Apollo 11 touched down on the Moon’s surface in 1969, the first man on the Moon became a legend. In First Man, author James R. Hansen explores the life of Neil Armstrong. Based on over fifty hours of interviews with the intensely 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 unparalleled biography of an American icon.

In this “compelling and nuanced portrait” (Chicago Tribune) filled with revelations, Hansen vividly recreates Armstrong’s career in flying, from his seventy-eight combat missions as a naval aviator flying over North Korea to his formative trans-atmospheric 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 storied vocation exacted a dear personal toll, paid in kind by his wife and children. For the near-fifty years since the Moon landing, rumors have swirled around Armstrong concerning his dreams of space travel, his religious beliefs, and his private life.

A penetrating exploration of American hero worship, Hansen addresses the complex legacy of the First Man, as an astronaut and as an individual. “First Man burrows deep into Armstrong’s past and present…What emerges is an earnest and brave man” (Houston Chronicle) who will forever be known as history’s most famous space traveler.

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  • FirstMan 01 Title
    Duration: 31s
  • FirstMan 02 Preface
    Duration: 17min
  • FirstMan 03 Epigraph
    Duration: 10s
  • FirstMan 04 Prologue
    Duration: 15min
  • FirstMan 05 Part1 Ch1
    Duration: 15min
  • FirstMan 06 Ch2
    Duration: 13min
  • FirstMan 07 Ch3
    Duration: 15min
  • FirstMan 08 Ch4
    Duration: 15min
  • FirstMan 09 Part2 Ch5
    Duration: 29min
  • FirstMan 10 Ch6
    Duration: 24min
  • FirstMan 11 Part3 Ch7
    Duration: 39min
  • FirstMan 12 Ch8
    Duration: 26min
  • FirstMan 13 Ch9
    Duration: 09min
  • FirstMan 14 Ch10
    Duration: 36min
  • FirstMan 15 Ch11
    Duration: 12min
  • FirstMan 16 Part4 Ch12
    Duration: 17min
  • FirstMan 17 Ch13
    Duration: 15min
  • FirstMan 18 Ch14
    Duration: 41min
  • FirstMan 19 Ch15
    Duration: 17min
  • FirstMan 20 Ch16
    Duration: 13min
  • FirstMan 21 Part5 Ch17
    Duration: 16min
  • FirstMan 22 Ch18
    Duration: 29min
  • FirstMan 23 Ch19
    Duration: 24min
  • FirstMan 24 Ch20
    Duration: 20min
  • FirstMan 25 Ch21
    Duration: 53min
  • FirstMan 26 Part6 Ch22
    Duration: 57min
  • FirstMan 27 Ch23
    Duration: 01h03min
  • FirstMan 28 Ch24a
    Duration: 43min
  • FirstMan 29 Ch24b
    Duration: 48min
  • FirstMan 30 Ch25
    Duration: 01h02min
  • FirstMan 31 Ch26
    Duration: 34min
  • FirstMan 32 Part7 Ch27
    Duration: 24min
  • FirstMan 33 Ch28
    Duration: 19min
  • FirstMan 34 Ch29
    Duration: 33min
  • FirstMan 35 Ch30
    Duration: 01h12min
  • FirstMan 36 Outro (credits)
    Duration: 01min