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This is the story of a unique American hero who came of age as an astronaut during the few dramatic years when man reached the moon. Cernan's career spanned the entire Apollo program, from the tragic fire that killed three of his comrades on Apollo 1, through the moment when he left man's last footprint on the moon as commander of Apollo 17.

This is the inside story of how space was conquered, and at what price. Cernan writes candidly not only about the program, but about the high divorce rate among the astronauts, the loss of family privacy that came with celebrity, and the ever-present shadows of death and failure.

©2000 Eugene Cernan; (P)2009 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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Yet Another Perspective

There are points in this book in which Cernan describes being on the moon and a VIBE comes across that is truly amazing. I have read/listened to many different accounts of the Apollo missions, but there is something about this one by Cernan that really stuck with me. Much of what he writes I already knew about, but the bits that I hadn't heard of - and especially, the "vibe" - made this book a real treat to listen to.

Sometimes it's better to let someone else narrate an author's work, however this isn't one of those times. Cernan's own voice adds a lot to the experience.

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Gene Cernan is the man!

Very easy to follow, a little sparse on technical information but that's just my personal preference, not a reflection of the quality of this book. Would definitely recommend.

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Great story of Apollo, emphasis on Apollo 17

I was a teenager when Apollo 17 landed. The Apollo years were a time of great excitement for exploration. Mr. Cernan does a great job telling the story from the inside. The public saw beautifully executed missions. But we didn't know about the risks and uncertainty which were a part of the space program.
The book brings us into the Apollo program, making it much more personal. Especially the flight of Apollo 17 with Cernan at the helm.

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Great Read - Great Listen

I have researched and followed the various programs that led to the Apollo missions. Many of the astronauts have written books and shared their own perspectives. I find it great to listen to Gene Himself,and that his perspective is very well balanced. Not as much as "First Man" perhaps,but an excellent book!

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excellent book & loved eugene cernan's narration

great book, learned even more about mercury, gemini, and apollo missions and absolutely loved Gene Cernan narrating his book because it makes the story come even more alive

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Cernan hit the mark

There is something about Astronaut Gene Cernan that draws the reader into his amazing story. I was alive for these events and it was an amazing time in our history. I will never forget them and having Gene Cernan recount them was fantastic. May this amazing man and Astronaut rest in peace.

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Great to read last man's perspective

Have read and enjoyed many of the space race books. This ones a good one if not brief

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One of the best stories of the century

Gene's humanity coupled with his excellence in performance and leadership make his a story worth listening to over and over.

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Cernan spends too much time trying to be superman

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Too much time spent trying to make Cernan and other astronauts seem like they were super-human. They are extraordinary, but it got old.

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WOW..Read this book for the real story

Great story. Read this book. America's astronauts of the 60's and 70's were America's Real space cowboy's.