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Apollo 11 (Hardback)

The Moon Landing in Real Time

P&S History Social History 20th Century Space

By Ian. Passingham
Imprint: Pen & Sword History
Pages: 266
ISBN: 9781526748560
Published: 5th June 2019

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Half a century has passed since arguably the greatest feat of the twentieth century: when Neil Armstrong became the first man to walk on the Moon. Apollo 11: The Moon Landing In Real Time brings the mission back to life as never before in a thrilling day-by-day account, exploring everything from the historic flight itself to how the $24billion space programme divided a nation.

Journey back in time and feel the excitement build in the days before launch and then experience the tension of the dramatic lunar landing and the relief of the crew’s safe return to Earth. This engaging account mixes easily understandable explanations of the ground-breaking technology behind Apollo 11 with entertainment, excitement and humour in equal measure. Set against a backdrop of the Cold War, race riots and Vietnam, the mission polarised opinion worldwide.

Alongside these issues, read long-forgotten tales including how a Chilean lawyer claimed he was the legal owner of the Moon, thousands of people signed up for proposed commercial Moon flights, Hilton revealed plans for a lunar hotel, ‘flat Earth’ believers claimed the mission was a hoax and some scientists feared the astronauts would bring back deadly germs from space which would devastate mankind.

Written by Ian Passingham, this book follows a day-by-day telling of the entire Apollo mission, from before the launch to the splashdown. Passingham includes the historical background of 1969, including the Cold War and race riots. The use of humor, excitement, and easily understood explanations of complex technology help readers to understand the societal implications for the lunar landing.


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Books Tell You Why website, July 20 2019

Taking everything into consideration, ‘Apollo 11: The Moon landing in real time’ is best understood as a literary time capsule which places the reader at the heart of the national debate which confronted 1960’s America. This book commemorates an astonishing technological triumph underpinned by incredible bravery, whilst crucially giving a voice to the disaffected and the outright opponents of Apollo. Such an approach allows us to accurately reassess project Apollo on its 50th anniversary. As a result, this book should be considered required reading for all Apollo enthusiasts.

NetGalley, Donna Maguire

The celebrations for the fiftieth anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing have been many and various. There have been a number of obscure programmes about the conspiracy theories, and compelling arguments which should appeal to all people, including the conspiracy theorists, that they have been peddling nonsense; luckily those programmes were buried among the graveyard of obscure TV channels that may get half a dozen viewers at most! This was one of the greatest of mankind's achievements, and it is celebrated quite magnificently in Ian Passingham's superb day-by-day account of what actually happened. A fitting tribute to the three men who represented us on this mission to the moon, and to the countless thousands of scientists, mathematicians and engineers who made it possible. If you only read one book about Apollo 11, make it this one. Quite remarkable.

Books Monthly

If, like me, you can remember those exciting days in 1969 when nobody really knew whether the mission would be successful, you'll find this book fascinating.

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Lost Cousins

"Apollo 11:The Moon Landing in Real Time features amazing facts about the landmark space mission."
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The Irish Sun, 18th July 2019

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The Sun, 18/07/2019

A book that I recommend to everyone.

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Old Barbed Wire Blog

Passingham details the days leading up to the moon landing in a day-by-day account. The book also holds long-forgotten narratives of the time: doubting flat-earthers, terrified scientists and the proposed commercial moon flights.

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The Seattle Times

This thrilling day-by-day account of the Apollo 11 mission explores everything from the historic flight itself, to how the $24bn space programme divided a nation. Also includes a wealth of stories, from the Chilean lawyer who claimed ownership of the moon to Hilton's plans for a 'lunar hotel'.

The Bookseller 8/3/19

About Ian. Passingham

Ian Passingham has worked for the last 25 years as a national newspaper staff journalist after starting his career in the local press in Essex as a reporter, news editor and sports editor. His previous book, 66: The World Cup In Real Time, was published in 2016.

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