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Publisher's Summary

Much has been written about Neil Armstrong, America's modern hero and history's most famous space traveler. Yet, shy of fame and never one to steal the spotlight, Armstrong was always reluctant to discuss his personal side of events. Here for the first time is the definitive story of Neil's life of flight he shared for five decades with a trusted friend - Jay Barbree.
Barbree writes about Neil's three passions - flight, family, and friends. This is the inside story of Neil Armstrong from the time he flew combat missions in the Korean War, to when he saved his Gemini 8 by flying the first emergency return from Earth orbit, to when he flew Apollo 11 to the moon's Sea of Tranquility.
Through his friendship with Neil and his dedicated research, Barbree brings us the most accurate account of his friend's life, the audiobook he and the famed astronaut planned together for 20 years.
©2014 Jay Barbree (P)2014 Tantor
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By Brenda on 08-12-14

Best book I've read in years!

I was very aware of Neil Armstrong but didn't know much about him. This book was written by one of closest friends. He was a very humble man and did not like to be in the spotlight. The info in this book was wonderful and informative, but you don't have to be a rocket scientist to understand what was happening. I laughed and cried. I am buying it for my 12 year old grandson. It's that good. I've listened to it twice already.

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By Rob on 04-09-15

Excellent excellent biography

Who better to write Neil Armstrong's biography than a trusted friend and NBC space correspondent who knows NASA like the back of his hand. Armstrong has been a hero of mine for decades, and I have read everything about him I could find. But Barbree's personal relationship with Armstrong provides fresh insights throughout. I listened to the audio, and will definitely buy the book which will be among my all time favorites. Highly recommended!

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