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Forty years ago, Buzz Aldrin became the second human, minutes after Neil Armstrong, to set foot on a celestial body other than the Earth. The event remains one of mankind's greatest achievements and was witnessed by the largest worldwide television audience in history. In the years since, millions more have had their Earth-centric perspective unalterably changed by the iconic photograph of Aldrin standing on the surface of the moon, the blackness of space behind him and his fellow explorer and the Eagle reflected in his visor. Describing the alien world he was walking upon, he uttered the words "magnificent desolation." And as the astronauts later sat in the Eagle, waiting to begin their journey back home, knowing that they were doomed unless every system and part on board worked flawlessly, it was Aldrin who responded to Mission Control's clearance to take off with the quip, "Roger. Understand. We're number one on the runway."The flight of Apollo 11 made Aldrin one of the most famous persons on our planet, yet few people know the rest of this true American hero's story. In Magnificent Desolation, Aldrin not only gives us a harrowing first-person account of the lunar landing that came within seconds of failure and the ultimate insider's view of life as one of the superstars of America's space program, he also opens up with remarkable candor about his more personal trials - and eventual triumphs - back on Earth.
©2009 Buzz Aldrin; (P)2009 Random House
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By Alan Burchill on 08-31-09

Great Read

Satisfingly technical to keep a geek like me happy... but with a lot of reflection of his entire life so far as well.

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By Edward C. Charbonnet on 11-01-09

Magnificent even though long

The book is long and once I had reached the late 1970's portion of this book I wondered what the rest of the book would be about. But I am VERY glad I read on into the 80's, 90's and 2000's. Buzz is a complex man and has inspired people of multiple generations with his active and long life and his courage. Now he can add one more person he has inspired.

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By Richard on 12-07-10

Not much about space or the moon landing.

Mainly about Buzz Aldrin's struggle with drink and depression. Not that interesting and made worse by the appalling mono tone expressionless voice of the narrator. A few interesting facts appear within the story addressing NASA politics and what was really going on in the background but I would struggle to recommend it.

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By Paul on 10-08-10

don't bother

i love space flight and nasa - but this title is seriously dull.

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